Mitchell Ability Model

We’ve recreated our academic model to give you the tools to crush it out there in that rapidly changing world — to reinvent yourself limitlessly throughout your career and life. Teaching adaptability is the cornerstone of the Mitchell Ability Model, and it’s this adaptability that will give you the edge…in your future employability and in leading a fully engaged life.

As a Mitchell Mariner, you get a college education that will transcend the trends.

Why teach adaptability?

Very simply, the jobs of the future have yet to be created. Mitchell College teaches the ability to be flexible, capable and adaptable in the face of rapid change. Students tailor their education to their strengths, interests and academic goals and learn 7 essential abilities they will need to adapt to live and work to their potential:

  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Analysis and problem-solving
  • Communication
  • Information and communication technology literacy
  • Diversity and global perspectives
  • Values, ethics and social responsibility
  • Social interaction

Students then learn core information about a field of endeavor—Human Services, Leadership and Business Management, Sciences, or Teaching and Learning—with room to explore other interests while building skills through courses and work experience from day one.

Student journey

The student journey at Mitchell is all about transitioning:

  • Into college through:
    • First Year Experience for freshman or
    • Thames at Mitchell – the only program in the country that supports the transition to college on a college campus, with deeper individualized academic and social support for students with learning differences and those seeking additional college preparation or
    • Seamless Transfer Experience where we personally recruit students into an educational environment that meets their specific needs
  • Through college with:
    • Our signature success network led by a centralized advising team to help students navigate the complete college experience, and find the support and challenge needed along the way.
  • Out of college through:
  • A pioneering career immersion model that links coursework to career work, from the first day on campus, through practical experiences with over 35 local partners.
Human Services Core

Diving into the fascinating topics of human behavior, psychology, social policy, and criminal justice, you will learn to analyze and solve for challenges across the societal spectrum with a degree in Human Services. Concentrations include:

  • Behavioral Sciences/Psychology
  • Criminal Process
  • Human Development & Family Studies

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Leadership & Business Management Core
We prepare business leaders to not only solve problems, but to think critically and lead creatively. And with flexibility built right into the program, you’ll be able to concentrate in an area that turns your passion into a fulfilling career. Concentrations include:

  • Communication (Graphic Design/Video Production, Performance & Technology)
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Sport Management

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Sciences Core
Whether you’re interested studying our local marine and estuarial life, the complexities of global environmental issues, or the biology, chemistry and psychology of human health, the Sciences Core opens the door to numerous career options. Concentrations include:

  • Environmental Science
  • Health Science
  • Marine Biology

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Teaching & Learning Core

Tapping into your passion and compassion is the hallmark of the Teaching & Learning Core. Through high-interest courses, innovative approaches in curriculum and teaching, and opportunities for professional on and off campus career experiences, you’ll be fully prepared to make a difference in the lives of learners as an educator or professional. Concentrations include:

  • Early Childhood Studies (with optional Teacher Certification)
  • Liberal & Professional Studies
  • Physical Education & Sport Fitness

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In our 12-3-3 Pacing Model, students set their own pace. Each semester begins with a 12-week multi-course schedule.

The 12 week session is followed by one concentrated 3-week course.

To add even more flexibility, students may add in up to 3 MiniMester concentrated sessions—January, May and June.

A few words on fit.


"Fit” is the modern buzzword of the college search process. And frankly, rightly so. As you consider your college experience, we encourage you to look for a place that feels right. It’s also a good idea to make a list of the qualities and characteristics that make a college and you a winning combination.


If you are looking for a college that: 


  • Gets to know and understand each student as a uniquely talented individual

  • Identifies potential and encourages students in very intentional ways

  • Fosters growth in each student, giving them a foundation for life and career success

  • Is small enough to deliver on the promise of a personalized experience

  • Goes beyond “career services” and offers a progressive 4-year career development model, partnering with local businesses and nonprofits for professional experience

  • Promotes an inclusive culture that encourages students to experiment in new clubs and activities

  • Is nationally recognized for its academic support systems, from professional content tutors (not students) to proven comprehensive support for students with learning differences

  • Connects students to service opportunities that impact their world

  • Is in a location that offers access to New England’s natural places and some of America’s greatest cities




…Mitchell College delivers in a powerful way.

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