It’s about adaptability
• Established in 1938, Mitchell College is a four-year, coeducational, private, independent liberal arts residential college in New London, Connecticut.
• NCAA Division III: Baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, volleyball, and ICSA: sailing
• The Bentsen Learning Center (BLC) offers comprehensive academic support for students with diagnosed learning differences and ADHD.
• Campus activities include Mitchell College Drama Society; Select Choral Ensemble; Student Government Association; Step Team; Dance Team; Rugby Club; Radio Mitchell; Multicultural Club; Hillel; nine Honor Societies; Academic Clubs, including Criminal Justice, Behavioral Sciences and Hospitality; Gay-Straight Alliance; and Debate Club.
• Student body: 700 students; 56% male, 44% female; 30% students of color
• 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
• Average class size: 14
• 95% of our students receive financial aid.
• New England Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation
Apply to Mitchell
Mitchell College is on the Common App and follows a rolling admission policy. Applications are reviewed as they become complete, and decisions are sent to the applicant within two to three weeks. Mitchell College is test optional.
Seven Essential Abilities
The Abilities are designed to address the needs of a more technologically driven, global society where graduates will need to communicate effectively on multiple platforms, analyze and problem solve issues in an information-dense arena, and interact with a diverse world.
• Critical and Creative Thinking—Evaluate information, discern perspectives, and make well-informed decisions.
• Communication—Convey ideas effectively and hear others’ ideas with an open mind.
• Diversity and Global Perspectives—Understand the world’s socially and culturally diverse environment.
• Information and Communication Literacy—Know where to go and how to interpret the information you need.
• Analysis and Problem Solving—Determine the nature of problems and arrive at strategic, appropriate solutions.
• Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility—Study ethics and morals to understand the importance of civic responsibility.
• Social Interaction—Getting along, getting heard, getting to consensus—getting the skills you need for effective group interaction.
The jobs of the future haven’t been created yet. And the jobs that we label as a “best bet” for a long-term career may remain, but the way we do those jobs will change dramatically over the many decades of work ahead of today’s graduates. Preparing for a world where the pace of change is rapidly accelerating means learning the ability to adapt.
Abilities—like communicating, analyzing, interacting, and empathizing—are hallmarks of a liberal arts education. In fact, those are the essential skills that last a lifetime. The content and the canon change over time, but the transferability of critical thinking, problem solving, and interpreting new information are the essence of employability and personal success.
Flipping the model
Mitchell College brings Abilities to the forefront. Teaching students seven essential Abilities is the primary instructional focus in courses designed to stimulate interest while exploring core concepts through creative approaches.
Mitchell College’s curriculum empowers students to drive their educational experience along a path that follows their interests and, with guidance from faculty, play to their strengths. Our highly individualized educational approach blends a tradition of mentoring students with an expertise in teaching to all learning styles that reveals students’ potential.
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.
Integrative Career Development
The College has established 28 community partnerships in a four-year professional sequence guided by faculty and staff. Unique in its tiered approach, students begin their career exploration in the first year, developing an extensive understanding of the many career opportunities displayed by partners such as the Mystic Aquarium, Atlantic Broadband, Sound Community Services, Flock Theatre, and WNBA’s CT Sun. In the second year, students explore career paths through job shadows and work with a mentor. The second year seminar develops career and soft skills as students reflect on personal strengths and corresponding career aspirations. Students continue to apply Abilities through on-campus career labs and traditional internships as well as projects, volunteering, and enrichment activities or specialized courses in a high-interest area. Working closely with our partners over years, students make connections that create organic networks and pathways to employment opportunities.
Mitchell College meets students where they are and how they learn. Students set their own pace in an environment that supports and challenges in the right measure. 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.
Along the way are the right supports and chances to shine. Mitchell College professors often uncover hidden potential in students and offer challenges that encourage personal growth. Students complete capstone projects in their final year, a culminating project that reflects academic achievement and builds students’ portfolios for interviewing or graduate school. Professional content tutors assist in course work, and the Bentsen Learning Center has 35 years of expertise teaching success strategies to students with learning differences. Academic advisors that stay with students from enrollment to graduation connect them with opportunities to flourish.
Students can set the pace entering college too. Thames at Mitchell College offers a transition year for building college skills on a college campus with all the chances to socialize, participate in clubs, and take courses for college credit.