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Mills College

Oakland, CA

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Overview

Think for Yourself and for the World

A Mills education prepares students to dream big and achieve even more. Located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College emboldens students to be creative, independent thinkers. Consistently ranked one of the top 10 colleges in the West by U.S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review, Mills provides a transformative education that will empower graduates to make a statement in their careers and communities.

Be Empowered for Success

At Mills, students reap the benefits of a highly personalized education led by renowned faculty in small, interactive classes that spark informed debate, insightful questioning, and respectful listening. The 9:1 student-faculty ratio will enable students to work closely with their professors who are fiercely dedicated to teaching and mentoring. Nearly 75 percent of Mills faculty hold the highest degrees in their field; approximately 70 percent are women; over one-third are faculty of color; and 23 percent identify as LGBTQ+.

Outside the classroom, students collaborate with professors and peers in one-of-a-kind creative and research opportunities, such as presenting at conferences, staging performances, contributing to original research, or curating art exhibitions. It’s all part of the signature academic experience MPOWER. Students start their academic journey with the support of an academic success team as they choose from a variety of majors and minors. They learn how to lead, get active in community-based learning projects, and prepare to pursue a career that aligns with their passions.

Students can even get a jump on the job market by earning an advanced degree with typically only one additional year of study. They can earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in less time in one of 10 fields: BA/MAE applied economics, BA/MBA business administration, BA/MM management, BA/MA interdisciplinary computer science, BA/MA early childhood education, BA/MA early childhood special education/teaching credential, BA/MA education/teaching credential, BA/MA infant mental health, BA/MPP public policy, and BA/Joint MPP/MBA.

Enjoy a World of Opportunity

Situated on 135 lush acres in the Oakland foothills, Mills is one of the country’s largest liberal arts campuses in an urban setting. Be at the center of it all by living on campus in one of the historic residence halls or independent living options. First-year students join a themed housing community so they can make friends fast.

Students can also get involved by joining one of the 40-plus student-run clubs, write for the student newspaper, take Zumba or karate classes, and just hang out at the outdoor pool. Find strength by joining one of the College’s NCAA Division III sports teams in cross-country, rowing, soccer, swimming, tennis, or volleyball. If students can’t find an organization that speaks to them, no problem! Many students start their own club or organization and begin putting their leadership skills to work.

As part of the Mills community, students soon discover firsthand why Mills has an international reputation for art that pushes boundaries and creates new forms of expression. From the 10,000+ works in the on-campus art museum, to the cutting-edge contemporary music performances in the majestic concert hall, to the literary readings and open mic nights, it will be clear why Mills is recognized as a hub for emerging ideas in the visual, performing, and literary arts.

Located in Oakland, one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the United States, Mills is centrally located to all the Bay Area has to offer. Students take full advantage of our metropolitan area, enjoying the First Friday gallery crawls, hiking through regional parks, and eating at some of the best food trucks and farmers’ markets in the country. Beyond Oakland, students explore all the Bay Area’s offerings, including Ocean Beach, the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art—plus internship and employment opportunities with arts organizations, healthcare providers, socially responsible businesses, tech giants, and nonprofits.

Take Advantage of Financial Support

Mills was founded in 1852 to provide educational opportunities to women, defying the convention of the time. Today, they are committed to providing access to their top-ranked education to even more students and have reduced undergraduate tuition by 36 percent to make that possible.

More than 80 percent of Mills students receive some form of financial aid to help support their education. Undergraduate students may be awarded up to $10,000 a year in renewable merit scholarships. The financial aid staff will work with students and their families/support systems to help them explore all financial aid options.

Make a Statement

Mills graduates are change makers, risk takers, and leaders in their fields. Some work for global innovators like Bay Area’s Google and Facebook, while others push boundaries in arts and sciences, establish nonprofits and businesses, and shape government policy. Mills boasts more than 25,000 alumnae in over 60 countries, with over 90 percent of recent graduates employed or pursuing higher education. Graduates work in a wide range of organizations including Amazon, Apple, Electronic Arts, NPR, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Microsoft, Kiva, and Yelp. Mills invites others to join this legacy of success.

Location & Contact

Address 5000 MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland, CA  94613-1301
United States
Contact Mrs. Robynne Lofton
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Email: admission@mills.edu
Phone: 510-430-2135
Fax: 510-430-3314

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Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
American/united States Studies/civilization Checkmark
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Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, And Group Studies, Other Checkmark
French Studies Checkmark
Gay/lesbian Studies Checkmark
Hispanic-american, Puerto Rican, And Mexican-american/chicano Studies Checkmark
Latin American Studies Checkmark
Women's Studies Checkmark
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Biochemistry Checkmark
Biochemistry And Molecular Biology Checkmark
Biology/biological Sciences, General Checkmark
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
Business Administration And Management, General Checkmark
Business/managerial Economics Checkmark
Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
Communication, General Checkmark
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
Computer And Information Sciences, General Checkmark
Computer Science Checkmark
Education Associate Bachelors
Education, General Checkmark
English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
English Language And Literature, General Checkmark
Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Associate Bachelors
Child Development Checkmark
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
Chinese Language And Literature Checkmark
Comparative Literature Checkmark
French Language And Literature Checkmark
Spanish Language And Literature Checkmark
History Associate Bachelors
History, General Checkmark
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
Humanities/humanistic Studies Checkmark
Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
Mathematics, General Checkmark
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
Biopsychology Checkmark
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General Checkmark
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other Checkmark
Systems Science And Theory Checkmark
Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
Environmental Science Checkmark
Environmental Studies Checkmark
Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Chemistry, General Checkmark
Psychology Associate Bachelors
Behavioral Neuroscience Checkmark
Developmental And Child Psychology Checkmark
Psychology, General Checkmark
Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
Health Policy Analysis Checkmark
Public Policy Analysis, General Checkmark
Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
Anthropology, General Checkmark
Economics, General Checkmark
International Relations And Affairs Checkmark
Political Science And Government, General Checkmark
Political Science And Government, Other Checkmark
Sociology And Anthropology Checkmark
Sociology, General Checkmark
Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
Art History, Criticism And Conservation Checkmark
Dance, General Checkmark
Drama And Dramatics/theatre Arts, General Checkmark
Fine/studio Arts, General Checkmark
Intermedia/multimedia Checkmark
Music, General Checkmark

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

848
Applied
711
Accepted
609
Enrolled
84%
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Female Admissions

818
Females Applied
710
Females Accepted
87%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

30
Males Applied
1
Males Accepted
3%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

50
Application Fee
3.58
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Essay
One recommendation
Other requirements exist (see below)
Recommended Interview
Other requirements: College transcripts

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen Not reported Not reported Yes
Out of state Fall freshmen Not reported Not reported Yes
Other early decision plan November 15th February 1st
Transfer Not reported Not reported Yes

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

29,340
Private
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Fees

1,567
Full-time student fees
13,883
Room & board
7,276
Room only
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Tuition deferred payment Yes

Financial Aid

49,120
Avg. Financial Aid Package
55,799
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
12,000
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
15,217
Avg. Loan Aid
18,998
Avg. Grant Aid
48,188
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
100% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
83%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
16%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

609
Total Undergrad students
0%
International Students
20%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 33.45%
Black or African American 12.05%
White or Caucasian 34.47%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.51%
Asian 7.81%
Two or more races 10.53%
Other 0.68%

Gender

Male (0.49%)
Female (99.51%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Cooperative housing
Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Men-only housing
Women-only housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 58%

Student Activities

Student-run campus newspaper Checkmark
Drama/theatre group Checkmark
Student-run radio station Checkmark
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Marching band Checkmark
Choral groups Checkmark
Campus events:
Black and White Ball, Midnight Breakfast and Spring Fling

Student Services

Legal services Checkmark
Health clinic Checkmark
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Women's center Checkmark
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Student Organizations

Greek fraternities
Greek sororities
Local fraternities
Local sororities
Most popular organizations:
Associated Students of Mills College, The Campanil, The Mills Choir, Mujeres Unidas and Asian Pacific Islander Student Association

Campus Security & Safety

24-hour emergency telephone/alarm services Checkmark
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Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Basketball No No No
Cheerleading No No No
Crew No No No
Cross-country Running No No No
Rowing No No No
Soccer No No No
Softball No No No
Swimming And Diving No No No
Tennis No No No
Track And Field No No No
Volleyball No No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Basketball Checkmark No No
Cheerleading Checkmark No No
Crew No Division 3 No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Rowing No Division 3 No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving No Division 3 No
Tennis No Division 3 No
Track And Field Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 3 No

Faculty

173
Total Faculty
8:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 79
Part-time - 94
Male - 38
Female - 135
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