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

Now accepting applications for Fall 2021.

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 mitchell.edu/visit-us. Talk to faculty and staff, and hear success stories from our students. Contact Director of Admissions Amanda Marino, at marino_a@mitchell.edu or 860-701-5011.

Tuition & Fees

Learn more about tuition & fees, making a deposit and paying your bill at mitchell.edu/thames-student-financial-services.

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
Cheer and Dance Team
Criminal Justice Club
Early Childhood Education Club
Film Club
MHET Club (Mitchell Hospitality, Event, Tourism) Club
Mitchell College Hillel
Mitchell Newspaper
Mitchell College Players (Theatre)
Mitchell College Select Chorus
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)

Coming Soon…
Anime Club
Creative Writing Club
Step Team

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 Day
Fall Play
Fall Weekend & Homecoming
Family Halloween Festival community service
Flock Theatre & Mitchell College Collaboration – Animal Farm
Make We Joy with Flock Theatre
Mitchell Cabaret
Mitchell Select Chorus Concerts
Music Ensembles
NCAA Athletics Fan Zone
NYC Broadway Road Trip
Poetry Slam
SGA Winter Ball
Speakers Series Events
Special Olympics Jamboree community service
Splash Bash
Spring Musical
Spring Soiree
Thanksgiving Dinner

How Can We Help?

Amanda Marino

Amanda Marino

Director of Admissions

Fall 2020 Campus Reopen >

Thames Academic Calendar

2020/2021 Academic Calendar

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…

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.  

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… 

Learning Self-Advocacy.

Christa Mancuso

Thames at Mitchell College

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…



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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