Jun 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs (DSA) aims to enrich the overall student experience while at Goodwin University. Its overarching goal is to foster student involvement in areas ranging from residential life to student engagement. Additionally, DSA seeks to aid students in making meaningful connections between the material learned in the classroom and the various leadership opportunities afforded to them throughout their time at Goodwin. Through 14 different offices, DSA strives to meet the basic needs for University life and create a positively impactful campus environment.

More information about these resources can be found on the Student Affairs website.


All new students must plan to attend one of the mandatory scheduled orientations. New student orientation is designed to provide students with the resources needed to be successful at Goodwin University. During orientation, students meet university administrators, staff and faculty and student leaders, and are provided with valuable information about critical campus services.

For questions regarding orientation, contact Vanessa Pergolizzi, Student Engagement Manager, at 860-913-2160, or by email at vpergolizzi@goodwin.edu. 

Please see the Orientation website for more information.

Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center seeks to promote and foster student learning and development by providing individual and group tutoring for Goodwin’s developmental and university-level courses.

The Academic Success Center will help students identify strategies that enhance students’ understanding of concepts, while developing critical thinking and study skills ultimately improving the students’ ability to successfully complete a course.

The Academic Success Center provides students with consistent support and guidance throughout the learning process and encourages students to be actively involved in their learning. Tutoring is not a substitute for attending class. Students should regularly attend class and come prepared to participate in their own learning.

In addition to general tutoring, the Academic Success Center is focused on the development of Writing Skills. Professional Writing Tutors are available to assist students through the process of writing on a walk-in and appointment basis. Tutors will offer critical feedback about writing, answer questions and guide students to available resources. Students are encouraged to come into the center to receive assistance, study, work on assignments and ask questions as they arise. The Academic Success Center is equipped with computers that students may use anytime the Academic Success Center is open. Students are strongly encouraged to use these computers to work on assignments.

The Academic Success Center also provides testing services for those who have missed an exam in their class or who have accommodations approved by the AccessAbility Office. In order to utilize the testing center, students must get written approval from their professor. In addition, students with documented accommodations may have their tests proctored in the second floor testing center.

For questions regarding the Academic Success Center and Testing contact Tori Hicks-Lucas at 860-913-2090 or email her at thicks@goodwin.edu. 

Please see the Academic Success Center website for more information.

AccessAbility Services

The AccessAbility Services Office assists students with disabilities in securing accommodations and services that will promote success and integration into the University. Goodwin University complies with the mandates created by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Students who have a documented disability are strongly encouraged to contact the AccessAbility Coordinator in advance of their enrollment so that accommodations are in place on the first day of matriculation. Guidelines and policies are provided to students who request this information.

If you have any questions, please contact the AccessAbility Coordinator at 860-727-6718 or by emailing AccessAbilityServices@goodwin.edu. Information is also available on the Goodwin University website.

Career Services

The Career Services team helps students and graduates develop professionally as they continue on their journey toward their chosen career. The Mission of Career Services is to support and empower Goodwin University students in developing, evaluating and effectively implementing their career plans. To fulfill this mission, Career Services provides opportunities for students to become the best possible, career-ready candidates that they can be.

Students are encouraged to develop a relationship with a career specialist early in their academic careers. Our specialists assist students with every stage of the career-planning process. We offer a variety of information and resources to help students and graduates achieve their career goals including:

  • Individualized career counseling;
  • Interest inventories and assessments to help relate their strengths to career objectives;
  • Career workshops (ex., resume and cover letters, mock interviews, job-search skills and networking);
  • Information on internship opportunities;
  • Job listings for off-campus employment;
  • Recruitment activities including on-campus interviews and career fairs;
  • Additional career planning and research resources.

Although every effort is made to assist graduates in securing employment, no guarantee or representation of placement is made or implied.

If you have questions, please contact Career Services at 860-727-6768 or by email at careerservices@goodwin.edu.

Additional information about these resources can be found on the Career Services website.

Counseling Services

The mission of Counseling Services is to provide students with opportunities for personal, emotional, and academic development, and to help guide students toward successful completion of their education. In addition, in accordance with Goodwin University’s mission, Counseling Services seeks to foster lifelong learning and to promote civic responsibility. These services are offered at no cost to our students.

Our therapists will:

  • Provide a safe and nurturing environment where students can identify and align their personal goals with their academic goals.
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff to help students develop self-knowledge, strategies, and coping skills necessary to succeed personally, academically, and professionally.

Provide individual counseling for any issue including, but not limited to bereavement support, emotional difficulties, domestic violence, and substance abuse.

Students who take advantage of these services will enjoy a one-on-one relationship with a counselor. Group sessions are also formed throughout the year on a needs basis. Referrals to the counselor can be made by faculty, staff, or self-referral. Every referral remains confidential.

Appointments may be made by calling Lisa Mooney at 860-913-2159 or by emailing her at lmooney@goodwin.edu

More information can be found on the Counseling Services website.

Student Engagement and Leadership

The University offers a broad array of student activities and recreational opportunities. As a residential campus, Goodwin ensures that its diverse student body has numerous opportunities for enhancing growth and development.

The goals of the student organizations are:

  • To ensure that the educational potential of the co-curricular experience is realized;
  • To facilitate cohesion and social interaction;
  • To enable students to maximize their university experience;
  • To instill a sense of civic responsibility; and
  • To help students harness transferable leadership skills.

Students are encouraged to organize activities that provide leadership, enrichment, leisure, and fitness. Some of the special interest organizations are affiliated with academic departments. Recreational opportunities include men’s and women’s basketball, flag football, soccer and Dragon Boat Racing. There are various annual events that take place which bring students and their families to campus. Students regularly present ideas for new activities and events that help to guide and direct our engagement programming.

The University has a Beta Rho Delta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, which recognizes and encourages student scholarship. The advisor from the Registrar’s office confers membership on selected students who meet the criteria for eligibility to this distinguished organization. The inductees are expected to maintain their academic performance and to contribute to the institution through service-learning activities. An annual awards ceremony celebrates the achievements of students in each of Goodwin’s honor societies.

For questions regarding student engagement, contact Vanessa Pergolizzi, Student Engagement Manager, at 860-913-2160, or by email at vpergolizzi@goodwin.edu.

Please see the engagement website for more information.

Residential Life

Goodwin University provides on-campus housing to full-time undergraduate students during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Student housing units are recently renovated, furnished and centrally located on campus in close proximity to all University buildings.

For questions regarding housing, contact Bryton Ferris, Housing Coordinator, at 860-727-6968, or by email at bferris@goodwin.edu.

Information is also available on the Goodwin University website.

Veteran and Military Services

Goodwin University is listed among the top military-friendly colleges and universities in the United States, identified for providing educational benefits and resources tailored to the military community. We celebrate the service of American veterans by seeking to meet their need for career-focused programs that can be completed by taking advantage of our flexible scheduling options.

The office of the Veterans Coordinator is located in the Student Affairs Suite at One Riverside Drive. Our mission is to assist veterans, service members, and dependents with the transition from military to student life at Goodwin University. We encourage you to contact us with any questions you may have:

Craig Jordan, Veterans Coordinator, 860-913-2010, email cjordan@goodwin.edu

Katherine Mamed, School Certifying Official, 860-913-2203, email kmamed@goodwin.edu

More information about resources can be found on the Veterans Services website.

Allowing Veterans to Attend or Participate in Courses Pending VA Payment

Section 103 of Public Law (PL) 115-407, ‘Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018,’ amends Title 38 US Code 3679 by adding a new subsection (e) that requires disapproval of courses of education, beginning August 1, 2019, at any educational institution that does not have a policy in place that will allow an individual to attend or participate in a course of education, pending VA payment, providing the individual submits a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under Chapter 31 or 33.

Pending Payment Compliance

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679(e), Goodwin University adopts the following additional provisions for any students using Post-9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from VA.

Goodwin University will not:

  • Prevent the student’s enrollment;
  • Assess a late penalty fee to the student;
  • Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding;
  • Deny the student access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution.

However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:

  • Submit their Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by the first day of class.

Early College Programs

Early College Programs (ECP) provide a variety of opportunities for high school students to engage in the college-level curriculum for the purposes of evaluating and advancing their readiness for college, with the ultimate goal of allowing students to earn college credit while still in high school.

Early College Program offerings operate with a focus on challenging, supporting, and transitioning students into the mature independence necessary for success in college. Based on qualification and program requirements, ECP students participate in a variety of general education and degree program courses. The individual curriculum of each program considers the long-term educational and career goals of the students, the required and desired curriculum of the partner high schools and the workforce needs of the local region and Connecticut overall.

For questions regarding Early College Programs, contact Janae Brissett at 860-913-2072 or email her at jbrissett@goodwin.edu

Application to an ECP program must come via the Early College Programs Application. Registration occurs only after acceptance into an ECP program.