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Academics

Mills College, a small Oakland college for women, delivers a top quality liberal arts education to its just 760

Student Body

While Mills College is historically female, there are some men enrolled in its graduate programs. There is a sizeable LGBTQ+ population, and the people here are “accepting and brilliant.”

A good portion of Mills students are “resumers” (over the age of 23) and “there is an independent living community that helps with older students.” Thirty-two percent of undergraduates are first-generation college students, and fifty-seven percent are students of color. “Social justice is very important to the student body” at Mills, and students here are “unafraid to share their opinions and are active in their community.” Most here are “liberal/progressive” and “never take anything at face value,” instead taking “every aspect of things into close consideration.”

Campus Life

The Mills College 135-acre campus is “beautiful,” and when students visit it is “easy to fall in love with the campus and the overall Mills vibe.” There is a “strong residential community” here and the school creates an environment where “all students, potential, undergraduate, graduate, or alum, can take pride in their connection to Mills.” “I…feel like my academic experience at Mills has caused me to be a better advocate for causes that I feel passionate about,” says a student.

Work is the dominant activity here, and students use the campus to study throughout the day, “in the Tea Shop cafe, the dining hall, the library, the lawns, Mills Hall, and other places.” If students have extra time outside of their classes, they are “often working on projects or community events,” and there are “many science talks, art collectives, and spoken word event throughout the year” that students will organize and orchestrate. “We are all very busy people but still happy people,” says a student. Oakland itself is a “diverse and culturally rich city,” and there are many street fairs and farmers markets around “which are fun to go to.” Off campus, students picnic at Lake Merritt, “go out for food at one of the many incredible restaurants in nearby Laurel [District],” or visit Jack London Square, the Oakland Zoo, or Tilden Regional Park. San Francisco is also just 20 minutes across the bay, and “it is very easy for students to access the many things the city has to offer.”

Overview

Applicants
965
Acceptance Rate
87%
Average HS GPA
3.62

GPA Breakdown

35%
Over 3.75
28%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 670
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 620
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
28.5 - 29

Testing Policies


Deadlines

Early Action — November 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
174
with Terminal Degree
126

124
Women
63
Minority
50
Men

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
57%
Graduate in 5 years
62%
Graduate in 6 years
64%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • Ethnic Studies.
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other.
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies.
  • French Studies.
  • Gay/Lesbian Studies.
  • Latin American Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business/Managerial Economics.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Engineering, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • Literature, Other.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Child Development.
  • Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • Language Interpretation and Translation.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Pre-Nursing Studies.

  • HISTORY.

  • American History (United States).
  • History, General.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Pre-Law Studies.

  • LEISURE AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

  • Theatre/Theater.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Biopsychology.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Health Policy Analysis.
  • Public Policy Analysis, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Applied Economics.
  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology and Anthropology.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Dance, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine and Studio Arts.
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other.
  • Intermedia/Multimedia.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, General.


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

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
57%
Graduate in 5 years
62%
Graduate in 6 years
64%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

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

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$44,523

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$38,265

Average Need-Based Loan
$7,481

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
75%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,954

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$35,994

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$28,765
Required Fees
$1,492
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,611

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,418
Transportation for Commuters
$1,251

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,448
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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

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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
761
Foreign Countries Represented
4

Demographics

9.51%
Asian
9.38%
African-American
28.40%
Hispanic
41.48%
Caucasian

100% female
0% male
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
64%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
89%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Student Access and Support Services (SASS)

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Elizabeth Trayner

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Psycho-educational testing.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Psycho-educational testing and/or medical documentation.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
55
Number of Honor Societies
2

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
2

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

5% participate in intramural sports
14% 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.

87/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Hewlett Packard

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Robynne Royster
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 10:00am and 2:45pm
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
nvandyke@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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