Student Resources and Support

The Student Services Department provides students with resources and programs that help them get the most out of their Goodwin College experience outside of the classroom. Through six different offices, staff strive to create an impactful campus environment. There are many opportunities for becoming involved in the campus community. There are also many opportunities to develop leadership skills and diversity competencies that serve to enrich all students’ personal, social, and intellectual development. Students should refer to the website for current information:


All new students are encouraged to participate in a scheduled campus orientation or an online orientation. New student orientation is designed to provide students with the resources needed to be successful at Goodwin College. During orientation, students meet college administrators, staff, student leaders, and faculty, and are provided with valuable information about critical campus services.

Student Organizations

Goodwin Colleges offers a wide range of clubs and organizations that serve to build community as well as help undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty develop new skills and interests. Refer to the website for current information

Student and Community Engagement

Students are encouraged to get involved in campus life. Throughout the academic year, students and their families are invited to participate in various campus and community events and activities. These events have been developed and tailored to build social connectivity between students, faculty and staff and are announced on the college website

Hoffman Family Library

The Hoffman Family Library, located in Goodwin College’s main campus building, is designed to provide support for all student, faculty and curricular needs. The library is open seven days a week, with regular hours posted on the website and extended hours during exam weeks. The library is open to members of the Goodwin College community only, and is not open to the public.

To address individual study and research needs, there are computer workstations, laptops available for in-house use, and wi-fi throughout. The library offers leisure seating, study carrels, research tables, group study rooms, a computer classroom, a collaboration station, book stacks and an area for periodicals.  

Professional librarians and library support staff provide assistance whenever the library is open. The librarians also offer remote, real-time reference assistance through our website's chat feature and via text message.

Librarians are actively engaged in teaching information literacy and research skills, and communicate and collaborate with faculty and students in every department through the library liaison program. Librarians also assist and train students with locating, retrieving and evaluating information, work with instructors to develop specialized lectures, assist with the use of information management tools, link library resources to the course by creating subject-specific research guides, and work with faculty to identify and recommend new library materials and resources for the collection.

The Hoffman Family Library holds over 6,000 physical books in-house, as well as dozens of print periodical subscriptions and a wide variety of audio visual resources. The library director, in collaboration with faculty and professional library staff, provides ongoing collection development with both print and electronic resources to fully support the requirements of the curriculum. Selection is based upon professional reviews, relevance to the curriculum, and faculty and staff recommendations.

The library has substantial online collections. The library website is accessible from multiple devices and provides essential information on services and collections, giving an integrated research experience with access to resources and research guides. The library subscribes to over 100 research databases, provides access to over 150,000 eBooks, and includes a wealth of high-quality full-text online journals and periodicals. 

Through the library’s participation on the Council of Connecticut Academic Library Directors, Goodwin has borrowing privileges from an additional 14 private academic institutions in the state, including all of the libraries at Yale University. The library supplements these services with interlibrary loans through OCLC’s “WorldShare ILL” service, which allows it to request materials from hundreds of libraries across the country. The library also supplements these services through membership in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), which provides access to DOCLINE interlibrary loan of biomedical journals. 

The library also maintains a collection of historical materials. These are displayed in a constantly rotating exhibit on the first floor.

Goodwin College's Flagship Collections is an online repository maintained by the library that highlights college scholarship of various types: journal articles, dissertations, theses, creative writing, and professional presentations. The Flagship Collections are an open and permanent digital presence for the scholarly work of the Goodwin College community. Goodwin faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to publish work in this repository. The Flagship Collections also contain an online archive of historical materials related to the college.

The library is an open and welcoming place for all members of the Goodwin College community.

Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center seeks to promote student success by providing individual and group tutoring. For graduate students, the Academic Success Center focuses on the development of writing and analytical skills. Tutors are available to assist graduate students in-person or virtually. Tutors offer critical feedback about writing, answer questions, and guide students to available resources. All writing tutors are professional tutors. The Academic Success Center is equipped with computers that students may use to write anytime the Academic Success Center is open. 

The Academic Success Center also offers writing assistance specifically for graduate students.

More information is available on the website:

Career Services

The Career Services team helps students and graduates develop professionally as they progress in their career. The mission of Career Services is to support and empower students in developing, evaluating, and effectively implementing their career plans. To fulfill this mission, counselors provide 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 counselor. Our counselors assist students with every stage of the career planning process. We offer a variety of information and resources, including:

  • Individual career counseling
  • Utilizing College Central Network
  • Career fairs
  • Employer networking events
  • Lunch and learn workshops on a variety of career-related topics (e.g., social networking)
  • Information about local, off-campus opportunities and resources for career planning, employment and promotion

More information about Career Services resources can be found on the college website:

AccessAbility Resources

The AccessAbility Services Office assists students with disabilities to secure accommodations and services that promote success. Goodwin College 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,, or review the website for more information

Health and Wellness

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 college education. In addition, in accordance with Goodwin College's mission, Counseling Services seeks to foster lifelong learning and to promote civic responsibility. 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. More information can be found on the website: