Thames at Mitchell College is the only college transition program fully integrated on a college campus.

Now accepting applications for Fall 2023.

Your Next Step

  • What if you could “test the college waters” before diving in?
  • Would you like a year to learn strategies to succeed as a college student with learning differences?
  • How does it sound to be away from home, taking some college classes on a college campus — all while living in a small, supportive community?
  • Would you benefit from personalized classes, focused curriculum and regular one-on-one advising with faculty?
  • Are you excited about the prospect of college, but might want to get some practice before it “counts”?

How Will Thames Help You Succeed?

Thames at Mitchell College is a holistic college transition program for students with learning differences or students who would benefit from additional preparation to succeed in college—and it’s right on the campus of Mitchell College, which has been long-recognized for its innovative support for students with learning differences. This unique program offers a highly individualized learning environment and a strong social network that feels safe and supportive.

Thames at Mitchell College is designed to help you emerge with:

  • increased confidence
  • improved study skills and executive function
  • stronger academic preparedness
  • a wider choice of academic and career options
  • greater maturity and personal growth
  • up to 15 college credits over 2 semesters while at Thames
  • strong connections with the Mitchell College social and academic community

Everyone approaches the world differently. At Thames at Mitchell College, we embrace this and would love to celebrate and help develop the power of your unique mind!

Learn More!

Visit Thames and take your first step into college. Tour our beautiful campus on the New England shoreline in New London, CT – or schedule a  guided virtual tour! Visit options at Talk to faculty and staff, and hear success stories from our students. Contact Crystal Simmons, Associate Director of Admissions and Liaison for Athletics, Club and Recreational Sports, phone: 860-701-5202, email:

Tuition & Fees

Learn more about tuition & fees, making a deposit and paying your bill at

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Student Organizations & Clubs

As a Thames student, you’ll spend lots of time with your Thames friends participating in social activities as a cohort…but will also build connections with Mitchell students and have full access to campus events, student organizations and clubs! Here’s just a sample of ways you can get involved!

Behavioral Sciences Club
Campus Activities Board (CAB)
Competitive Gaming Club
Criminal Justice Club
Early Childhood Education Club
Film Club
MHET Club (Mitchell Hospitality, Event, Tourism) Club
Mitchell College Hillel
Mitchell College Inclusion and Anti-Bullying Club
Mitchell College Players (Theatre)
Mitchell College Select Chorus
Mitchell Mariners Mental Health Club
Multicultural Student Union
National Society of Leadership & Success (Sigma Alpha Pi)
Pen & Dice
Pokemon Go Club
Pride Alliance
Radio Mitchell
Sports and Fitness Club
Student Government Association (SGA)
Thames Student Government Association (SGA)

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Activities & Traditions

Thames students participate fully in Mitchell College campus life. Whether you’re interested in hanging out at a bonfire on the beach with friends, cheering on our Mariners at an NCAA game, being a part of the Spring Musical, or delivering mad skills at a Poetry Slam, there’s something for everyone on and off-campus…

Anchors Aweigh! Opening Week for incoming students
Beach Bash for incoming students
Block Party
Boston Celtics Road Trip
Cat in the Hat Ball community service
Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging & Social Justice Week (DIBS Week)
Fall Involvement Fair
Fall Play
Fall Weekend & Homecoming
Family Halloween Festival community service
Flock Theatre & Mitchell College Collaboration – Animal Farm
Fresh Check Day (promoting mental health and mental health awareness)
Make We Joy with Flock Theatre
Mitchell Cabaret
Mitchell Select Chorus Concerts
Music Ensembles
NCAA Athletics Fan Zone
NYC Broadway Road Trip
Peace Day
Poetry Slam
SGA Winter Ball
Speakers Series Events
Special Olympics Jamboree community service
Splash Bash (Fall kickoff event for all students)
Spring Involvement Fair
Spring Musical
Spring Soiree
Thanksgiving Dinner

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Victoria Séman, '20

“I’ve always known myself to be a smart person. I like learning. It’s fun, but with my learning differences it’s harder for me than some, and that worried me. I didn’t want to graduate a year later. I wanted to graduate in 2020 just like my friends from home!”

How Can We Help?

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Jonathan Lamiotte

Associate Director of Admissions—Thames at Mitchell

Phone: 860-701-5178
Office: Henry Hall

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Building Confidence.

Victoria Séman, Senior

Academics:  Liberal and Professional Studies

Senior Victoria Séman thought that her learning differences might slow down her academic progress and keep her from graduating from college at the same time as her friends from home. “I’ve always known myself to be a smart person. I like learning. It’s fun, but with my learning differences it’s harder for me than some, and that worried me. I didn’t want to graduate a year later. I wanted to graduate in…

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Living Your Best Life.

Jake April, Senior

Academics:  Business

Jake April doesn’t point to a specific class when asked what inspired him during his time at Thames at Mitchell and Mitchell College, but to the people. “The faculty and staff inspired me because, when I was feeling stressed, their words and confidence would remind me that with a little hard work and determination, I could do anything I put my mind to.” His hard work and determination has paid off.  

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Defining Moments.

Emma Quinn, Junior

Academics: Hospitality & Tourism

Junior Emma Quinn points to her election as the first female president of Thames at Mitchell College Student Government Association as a defining moment in her transition to a confident student leader. The process included a campaign, a debate and an acceptance speech. “I would never have done that in high school. It was the start of changing, of saying I can hold on to this big responsibility… 

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Learning Self-Advocacy.

Christa Mancuso

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Christa Mancuso visited Mitchell College during her senior year of high school and connected with the school right away. “When I came to visit Mitchell, I really liked what I saw right away: the waterfront, the people from admissions, the classrooms, the teachers.” The Thames at Mitchell student from Naugatuck, Connecticut, now almost through a year in the program, has settled into the life and rhythm…


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