Mills College

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5000 MacArthur Boulevard

Oakland, CA 94613

Phone: (510) 430-2255
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
Mar. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#5 Overall Score: 86 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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Mills College is a private institution that was founded in 1852. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 937, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 135 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Mills College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 5. Its tuition and fees are $41,494 (2013-14).

Mills College is a small women’s school in Oakland, Calif., on the east shore of the San Francisco Bay. In 1852, workers who traveled west needed a school to educate their daughters, so they founded Mills, which became the first women’s college west of the Rocky Mountains. Today, the school offers more than 50 liberal arts majors to its roughly 1,500 undergraduate students. Both women and men may enroll in any of Mills’ nearly 15 graduate majors, which include the highly ranked Fine Arts program.

Outside the classroom, students can attend events such as the annual Earth Day Fair, visit the Mills Art Museum, or join any of the more than 50 student organizations. Mills also offers recreational opportunities through fitness classes, intramural sports, and the Cyclones varsity athletic teams. The Cyclones compete in the NCAA Division III California Pacific Conference, with cross country, rowing, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball teams. Most of Mills’s notable alumni are musicians, including guitarist and producer Noah Georgeson, who has worked with acts such as Joanna Newsom and Devendra Banhart.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Mills College offers women the opportunity to study and grow in a dynamic environment that supports intellectual exploration and a thoughtful approach to life. Working closely with renowned faculty members and diverse students in intimate, collaborative classes, Mills women explore, debate, and challenge conventional thinking-both inside and outside the classroom. Students work with faculty members on meaningful real-world projects and engage with distinguished professors, thinkers, writers, and artists. Set on a lush 135-acre park-like campus, Mills provides a beautiful home with convenient access to the thriving cultural, artistic, social, and professional worlds of the metropolitan San Francisco Bay Area.

General Information

School type private, women's college
Year founded 1852
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $165,767,934


When applying to Mills College, it's important to note the application deadline is March 1, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Mills College is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 62.7 percent and an early acceptance rate of 40.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 62.7%
Application deadline March 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Mills College is 10:1, and the school has 73.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Mills College include: Social Sciences; Psychology; Visual and Performing Arts; English Language and Literature/Letters; and Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 52%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 26%
Psychology 12%
Visual and Performing Arts 12%
English Language and Literature/Letters 11%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 10%

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Student Life

Mills College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 937, with a gender distribution of 0 percent male students and 100 percent female students. At this school, 58 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 42 percent of students live off campus. Mills College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,533
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Mills College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Mills College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Mills College, 74 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Mills College.

Students who have cars on campus 74%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Mills College, 83.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $19,839.

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Tuition and fees $41,494 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,625 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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