New England's Best Kept Secret


Established in 1938, Mitchell College is a residential four-year, coeducational,private independent liberal arts college in New London, Connecticut.

Our Division III athletics program boasts winning teams, including a baseball team that has produced the highest winning percentage of any program in New England and the ninth highest in the country over the last four years.
• NCAA teams: Baseball, basketball (M, W), cross-country (M, W), golf, lacrosse (M, W), sailing (ICSA), softball, soccer (M, W), and volleyball
• Honors Program
• Performing arts
program, including opportunities with a resident professional theater company and select chorus
• Comprehensive academic support for students with diagnosed learning differences and ADHD
• Student body: Average of 670 students on campus; 58% male, 42% female; 30% students of color; 72% of all full-time students live on campus; 95% of all degree-seeking students receive need- or merit-based financial aid.
• Average class size: 14 students
• Campus: 68-acre campus with two private beaches adjacent to 26-acre Mitchell Woods; located in a residential neighborhood of a small city rich in the arts and history
• Accreditation: New England Commission of Higher Education

2 Ways to Apply 
Following a rolling admission policy, applications are reviewed as they are completed, and decisions are sent to the applicant within two to three weeks. Mitchell College is test optional.  

If you haven’t visited Mitchell College yet, book it
On the beautiful Connecticut coastline, in a small city with huge opportunities, one college has flipped the model of higher education, and you’re going to want to see it in person.

How are we doing it?
At Mitchell College, we recognize that the jobs of the future haven’t been created yet. In fact, as the pace of change continues to accelerate, today’s graduates need to learn—and learn well—one thing: the ability to adapt.

And so, unlike other colleges and universities, that’s what we teach
Through the innovative Mitchell Ability Model, students learn essential skills that last a lifetime: the abilities to communicate, analyze, interact, and empathize.

It’s about employability
Through creative, high-interest courses; teaching to all learning styles; and numerous opportunities to practice the seven essential abilities they’re learning, students emerge with the skills that are essential to a lifetime of employability and personal success.
We see potential in all our students. And we will see yours too.

Core and explore
Degrees center on core fundamentals with room to explore how students can put their strengths to work. Exploration can be laser focused or broad based, providing flexibility in the job market. Knowledge and skills are applied in many different settings to focus on transferability. Students practice abilities across course work and in real-world contexts to demonstrate the skills they have acquired and understand where they excel. Our mission to celebrate and develop the power of unique minds fosters appreciation of the different talents everyone brings to the table and prepares students to collaborate in a diverse workplace and global society.

Transitioning can be tough, but Mitchell makes it easier
We’ve thought through transitions from every angle:

Into college. Our First-Year Experience is unrivaled. Using a self-discovery process, we support all learning styles and strive to unlock each student’s full potential. Alternatively, we offer Thames at Mitchell, the only program in the country that supports the transition to college on a college campus. Thames offers deeper individualized academic and social support for students with learning differences and those seeking additional college preparation.

Through college. Our whole-person, interconnected approach to supporting students is led by a centralized, professional advising team who connect students to their “success network.” This construct is unique in that Mitchell proactively guides students in navigating their college experience. One of the first in the country to develop a program for students
with learning differences, Mitchell is proud of our over 36 years of creating a diverse and inclusive experience that teaches students success strategies while building community and understanding of every unique mind.

Into a career. Whether your next step is grad school or a career, Mitchell’s pioneering career immersion model links course work to career work from the first day on campus. Our unique small-city environment and status as a regional vacation and entertainment destination open up opportunities for practical experiences over all four years, with on-campus career labs and over 40 local nonprofit and business partners, including Mystic Aquarium, Atlantic Broadband, WNBA’s CT Sun, Flock Theatre, and Sound Community Services.

Through flexible pacing. Mitchell College also helps the transition by meeting students where they are and how they learn. Students set their own pace in an environment that supports and challenges in the right amounts. Students pace themselves in a semester that spans a 12-week multicourse schedule followed by a three-week intensive class. Three additional MiniMester intensive sessions—January, May, and June—offer even more flexibility in pacing, from
steady progress to a sprint or a little of both.

The seven abilities are designed to address the needs of a more technologically driven global society. Students learn—through courses and practice—to interact with a diverse, rapidly changing world.

7 Ways to Visit
Your visit to Mitchell is tailored to your interests. Choose an academic support visit, transfer visit, Thames visit, concierge visit, or traditional visit, or register for an open house or shadow day at