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Founded in 1852, Mills College in Oakland is the oldest undergraduate college for women in the Western United States, where it inspires students to become the leaders of tomorrow by following their passions. The school's commitment to sustainability, small class sizes (the average is 16 students), and generous financial aid policies help to attract bright young women looking for a "social justice-oriented curriculum." Plus, a cross-registration option with University of California, Berkeley allows students "to get the larger school experience they want and maybe need." At the end of the day, students at Mills "still get most of the typical college experiences" (i.e. social life and exploration of new ideas and places), "minus some of the stress bigger schools have." Mills is "very good about being accommodating and keeping an open dialogue with its students," and "is all about promoting and empowering young women to become their best version through hard work and dedication to the task."

The "excellent" professors, who "know their subjects perfectly, and are incredibly passionate about them," make sure there are "ample resources and time outside of class for office hours." "I can trust them and feel challenged as a student," says one undergrad. Professors all have "rich academic pursuits and backgrounds and seek to bring these to the classroom," all while encouraging student initiative to explore the materials. They "provide intellectual support for these thoughts," even if it extends beyond the subject of the course. The school "cultivates critical thinking around social justice issues through...collaboration," and "not getting lost in a sea of people really helps students to speak up and take risks with their academics." Mills also has "a great connection with their alumnae to help the current students network."

Student Body

What Mills' student body lacks in numbers is made up for "by how driven we are as academics and activists." The student body is filled with students "who are passionate about social justice and changing the world for the better": "We are in the right area for it, and it shows." The campus is filled with "very liberal, accepting, enthusiastic, and quirky" students, and it has a thriving community for LGBTQ and queer-identified persons, as well as "resumer" students (age 23 and up). While in many ways Mills has the feeling of a traditional women's college, "it is also a welcoming environment for people who do not identify as women, including trans men." This "curious and extremely hard-working" lot fall into social circles and tend to stay put, but "you can count on people here to be friendly if you reach out with a question or are lost." Although most everyone here is politically very left-leaning, "the degree to which students incorporate leftist politics into their everyday lives does vary."

Campus Life

Even though it's located in an urban area, Mills is "a very quiet campus"; occasionally "there will be a dorm get-together or event but it's usually very lowkey." "We like to have fun but prefer arts and wholesome radical hangouts to frat parties," explains one student about the social scene. Most people here are taking a rigorous course load "while also working at least one job, possibly two." On the weekends, campus can get pretty dead "so most people either go home for the weekends or go off campus." There's "a lot of good food in Berkeley and Oakland" and San Francisco is not too far away, so students regularly hop off campus for farmer's markets, shopping, and concerts. Since the campus is very small, after a year or two "you get to know a large portion of the student body very well." On-campus events "frequently include check-in questions, getting to know you games, or concerns for accessibility."

Overview

Applicants
1,052
Acceptance Rate
84%
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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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
480 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
440 - 590
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 630

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
480 - 610

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 29

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
183
with Terminal Degree
141

126
Women
70
Minority
57
Men
3
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
62%
Graduate in 5 years
64%
Graduate in 6 years
66%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

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

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry/Biophysics 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

  • 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
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • 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

  • Social Sciences

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

  • 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
  • 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
62%
Graduate in 5 years
64%
Graduate in 6 years
66%

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
Mar 1
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$43,222

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$35,986

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,958

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
76%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$33,327

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$31,655

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$28,765
Required Fees
$1,492
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,514

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,270

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

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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
808
Foreign Countries Represented
8

Demographics

8.81%
Asian
9.31%
African-American
26.80%
Hispanic
44.54%
Caucasian

100% female
0% male
19% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
60%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
85%

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


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
55
Number of Honor Societies
2

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
3

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

10% 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.

89/99
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

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
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
aknudsen@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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