Students Say

Mills College in Oakland, California, is a small women’s institution with a “rigorous academic program” defined as “the epitome of a liberal arts education.” “I was drawn to the small class sizes, the beauty of the campus, and the wonderfully articulate and confident women that I came in contact with.” With apporximately 1,000 undergraduates and fairly small class sizes, it is no wonder that professors “know almost all of [their students] individually.” As one student attests, “Even in introductory lecture classes, you can get to know your professors.”

Overview

Applicants
1,869
Acceptance Rate
76%
Average HS GPA
3.66

GPA Breakdown

40%
Over 3.75
27%
3.50 - 3.74
23%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
530 - 640
SAT Math
490 - 610
ACT Composite
23 - 29

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record

Overall

Students Say

Mills College in Oakland, California, is a small women’s institution with a “rigorous academic program” defined as “the epitome of a liberal arts education.” “I was drawn to the small class sizes, the beauty of the campus, and the wonderfully articulate and confident women that I came in contact with.” With apporximately 1,000 undergraduates and fairly small class sizes, it is no wonder that professors “know almost all of [their students] individually.” As one student attests, “Even in introductory lecture classes, you can get to know your professors.” Another student concurs, “Not only am I on a first-name basis with all of my professors, I have their personal phone numbers and e-mail addresses! I feel that I matter here!” Students have high praise for the faculty. “The professors are amazing. They are extremely smart and totally accessible.” “Professors are interesting and insightful and promote lively discussions in class. Standards are high and challenging. Topics are very relevant to today’s issues.” “Mills College is all about empowering its students and creating an environment that encourages hard work and social and political awareness.” “There is great support for students with disabilities or special needs.” “The library and several computer labs make it easy to find a place to get things done.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
197
with Terminal Degree
155

138
Women
58
Minority
59
Men
7
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
87%
Graduate in 5 years
97%
Graduate in 6 years
69%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Renel Brooks-Moon
First African American woman announcer for a professional sports team

Trisha Brown
First woman choreographer to receive a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award”

Congresswoman Barbara Lee
US Congresswoman representing California’s Ninth Congressional District

Rebeca Mauleón
Acclaimed pianist, composer, educator, and musical innovator

Meredith May
San Francisco Chronicle journalist; recipient of PEN USA Literary Award

Thoraya Ahmed Obaid
First Saudi Arabian woman to head a UN agency; human rights activist

Susan Perrine
Developer of sickle cell disease treatment; noted medical researcher

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
79
Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
School
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,364

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$20,275

Average Need-Based Loan
$7,728

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,861

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
68%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$23,364

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$41,618
Required Fees
$1,300
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,490

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,278

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Here’s how some Mills students describe themselves and their peers: “The typical student is female, academically inclined, and individualistic (possesses few stereotypically mainstream qualities).” “Students are typically politically active in some way, and many have one or two causes they know really well. Students are inquisitive and very intent on doing well academically. We don’t party very much. We’re also very welcoming.” At Mills College, “the students are really diverse; pretty much everyone is different. In order to fit in, all you have to do is be yourself.” This diversity is what seems to set it apart from most other schools. “It’s a unique group of people, and the school is not everyone’s cup of tea.” One student clarifies, “Mills is full of ‘nontraditional’ students from all over the world. I didn’t want to be in a place where everyone was on the same track, with the same agenda. I wanted to be in a place where every other person would have their own cause, their own independent ideas.” This “very open-minded environment” sets Mills apart from most other colleges in how students “embrace diversity and gender equality in hopes of creating a better world.” With a wide range of ages and backgrounds, the traditional student is anything but traditional.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
917
Out of State
24%

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
7

Demographics

11.47%
Asian
6.90%
African-American
23.50%
Hispanic
45.43%
Caucasian
1.11%
Unknown
1.67%
International

100% female
0% male
24% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Overview

Students Say

“School life is pretty academically focused. Little time is spent off campus if you live on campus because social interaction usually involves study groups. There is little to no real partying on campus, though you can find it off campus if you are looking for it.” “The beauty of the campus” is a significant plus for many students. Situated on 135 acres, the school has plenty of natural areas, and the atmosphere is relaxing and peaceful, which means it is very conducive to studying. “Mills exceeds expectations in creating an intimate and welcoming environment as well as in promoting student activism.” Students agree that Mills is a special place. “The atmosphere at Mills is incredible! It is academic, empowering, creative, and always intellectually stimulating.” Students here seem to know how to balance their schedules and how to appreciate the education they are receiving. Mills “offers a very rigorous education that is stimulating yet fun.” But this enthusiasm for their school does not carry over to campus life on the weekends when “it sort of turns into a ghost town.” Students also warn, “If you’re looking for a party school, look elsewhere.” You do not have to go very far for entertainment. “Many students love the Berkeley and San Francisco nightlife.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
58%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
92
First-Year Students living on campus
93%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
70

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Female
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
66
Number of Honor Societies
2

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
3

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

12% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (n/a)
0 Sports

Women's Sports (Cyclones)
6 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Prevention Peer Education Program Trans/Ally Group http://www.mills.edu/admission/undergraduate/student_life.php Counseling and Psychological Services

Minority Support Groups: Asian/Pacific Islander Sisterhood alliance Black Women's Collective Indigenous Environmental Action Alliance Mujeres Unidas Native american sisterhood Alliance Queer Melanin South Asian and Middle Eastern Cultural Awareness Organization http://www.mills.edu/campus_life/student_activities_and_clubs/clubs.php http://www.mills.edu/campus_life/diversity_programs/index.php Solidarity Lounge

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of California at Berkeley

Sustainability

At Mills College in Oakland, California, sustainability is a top priority. The college reuses, recycles, and composts more than 60 percent of its waste, and the school is aiming to improve that number to 100 percent. To that end, every residential room has a recycling bin and compost bins are available on each floor. The main dining hall, Founders Commons, throws away only 3 percent of its waste. Mills is also committed to sustainable building practices. All new buildings are built to meet LEED Silver standards or higher. The new Betty Irene Moore Natural Sciences Building achieved LEED Platinum and features a rainwater collection system, solar panels on the roof, and native, drought-tolerant plants in its courtyards. Additionally, the state-of-the-art Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business building earned LEED Gold. Public transportation is central to life on campus. The Mills shuttle connects students with local transit, and the school runs a web-based carpool system for students making longer trips. The school is restoring two water bodies on campus, Leona Creek and Lake Aliso, and hosts an annual Creek to Bay Day to raise awareness of environmental issues on campus and around Oakland. A student group, Earth CORPS, works with the administration to lead environmental initiatives on campus. Earth CORPS organized the Trayless Dining Days campaign which led to a fully trayless campus, significantly reducing food waste. In addition the students have been instrumental in implementing Power Down Days that encourage staff, students, and faculty to conserve energy. The on-campus Botanic Garden is a living laboratory and a part of the Biology Department. The community garden grows organic produce which is sourced to the campus dining halls.

Green Rating
98
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
60%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
76

Average Number of PC's per Lab
3.88

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Hewlett Packard

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Belinda Sandoval Zazueta
Director of Undergraduate Admission

Address
Office of Undergraduate Admission
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613

Phone
5104302135

Email
admission@mills.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Mills College Art Museum
Haas Pavilion & Trefethen Aquatic Center
Rothwell Student Center
Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business
Littlefield Concert Hall
The Tea Shop Suzanne Adams Plaza

Most Popular Places Off Campus
San Francisco
Downtown Oakland Music Venues and Restaurants
Berkeley's Telegraph Avenue
Coastal beaches and parks; mountains
Napa and Sonoma Valleys

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
9:00am-5pm
5104302135

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: During academic year- Mon-Fri 9:15am and 2:00pm
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Information sessions are available each day before the campus tour.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
athletics@mills.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Limitations
Only offered in special cases or specific dates. Contact to learn more.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Bayporter shuttle service provides shared van service from the Oakland and San Francisco airports to campus. Public bus service is available at the entrance to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Oakland International Airport and points south: Take I-880 north to High St. Turn right onto High St. and continue about two miles. Go under the freeway overpass and turn right onto MacArthur Blvd. Go under the freeway again, bearing right to the stop sign. The Mills gate is immediately ahead on your left.

Local Accommodations
The Claremont Resort Hotel and Tennis Club (Domingo and Ashby Ave., Berkeley; 510-843-3000) is located approximately 15 minutes from Mills College. The Washington Inn (495 Tenth St., Oakland; 510-452-1776) also is located approximately 15 minutes from the Mills campus. There are also several hotels in Emeryville, which are approximately 10 minutes away from campus.
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Key Stats

1,869
Applicants
917
Size
76%
Acceptance Rate
1140
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists

#14