General Information


Goodwin College was founded in 1999 with the goal of transforming the former Data Institute, a small business technology training center, into a regional force for economic development and educational access. Founder Mark Scheinberg led the nonprofit college as it earned accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges - Commission in Higher Education (now the New England Commission of Higher Education).

Within its first ten years, Goodwin College reached an impressive list of milestones, including the development of one of Connecticut’s leading nursing programs, approval to offer bachelor’s degrees, and the construction of a new campus on the Connecticut River in East Hartford. Built on a remediated brownfield, the campus is often cited as the standard for smart growth and has won a host of design and environmental awards, including Project of the Year from the Northeastern Economic Developers Association, the leading economic development organization in the northeast.

Goodwin has developed a wide range of business, management, and advanced manufacturing programs and expanded its efforts to collaborate with regional employers and other educational organizations. Unique to the College's outreach are the early college partnerships it has formed with school districts throughout the state to afford high school students access to specialized career training.

The Health and Natural Sciences department has grown significantly in the past few years with the addition of the Dental Hygiene, Vision Care Technology, and Funeral Service programs. A dental clinic and vision retail dispensary on Main Street are open to students, employees, and the public.

Also adding to campus growth are the sustainability-themed Connecticut River Academy, the Reggio-Emilia-based Riverside Magnet School, and Kid Care, the College's center for the care of children whose parents are in class.

In 2017, Goodwin launched its first master’s degree programs:  Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership.

Goodwin has made a priority of “empowering hard-working students to become sought-after employees.” Of over 3,000 students, more than half are first-generation college students, with a large representation of female students and students of color. The College’s career-focused programs lead to strong employment outcomes for its graduates, making it a vital economic force in the state.

Regional Accreditation

Goodwin College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Commission indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Commission is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

New England Commission of Higher Education

3 Burlington Woods Drive, STE 100

Burlington, MA 01803-4514

(781) 425-7785

(781) 425-1001 - Fax

College Hours

The Admissions and Administrative personnel are typically available from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily, with some offices closing at 5pm on Fridays, and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Holiday hours vary and are posted on the College website (

Cancellation of Classes Due to Inclement Weather or Other Emergencies

The administration carefully considers student safety, weather reports, and the ability to clear campus parking when deciding on inclement weather closings. Every effort is made to post closings by 7 a.m. for day classes and 3 p.m. for evening classes, but allowances must be made for changing weather and road conditions. Announcements are posted on:

Channel 3 WFSB - TV
Channel 30 WVIT - TV
Channel 61 WTIC - TV FOX CT

Students can also check the homepage of the College website (, Facebook, and Twitter or call 860-528-4111 for updates. Goodwin College does not use the campus emergency notification system for weather closings.

When classes are canceled, individual faculty members may opt to conduct class online or hold a scheduled make-up session. Students are responsible for checking Blackboard and their Goodwin email regularly, particularly on days when classes are canceled, to learn of any alternate arrangements. If a canceled class is rescheduled, a student who is unable to attend will not be penalized for non-attendance but is still responsible for the work missed.

Frequently Called Numbers

A complete employee directory is located on the College website:

Toll Free Telephone 1-800-889-3282
Direct Fax: (860) 291-9550
General Information: (860) 528-4111
Directions to Campus: (860) 528-4111
Academics/Registrar: (860) 727-6708
Bookstore (860) 727-6722
Business Office: (860) 727-6784
Financial Aid: (860) 727-6723
International Programs: (860) 913-2227
Library (860) 727-6782
Repayment Solutions: (860) 913-2125
Academic Departments:
Nursing Department (860) 727-6911
Business, Management, and Advanced Manufacturing Department (860) 913-2038