Mills College was founded in 1852 as the first women’s college in the West. Now ranked #7 in Regional Universities West by U.S. News and World Report, Mills has grown over the years to offer 50 majors within it’s Bachelor degree program as well as bachelor degree completion programs and graduate programs. The undergraduate program is open to women, transgender and gender-fluid students, while the graduate program is open to students of all genders.
The mission of Mills is to “educate students to think critically and to communicate responsibly and effectively, to accept the challenges of their creative visions, and to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effect thoughtful changes in a global, multicultural society.”
Mills is located on 135 acres in Oakland, CA, making it one of the largest liberal arts campuses in an urban area in the United States. With multiple residential options for undergraduate and graduate students, including themed housing for first-year students and apartments for families, Mills offers a community setting in the midst of one of the most vibrant and ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the country. Students take advantage of the streams and greenery on campus as well as the arts and cultural venues nearby and the healthcare and tech opportunities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
With over 50 majors to choose from as well as the opportunity to create their own major, Mills students have lots of opportunities to pursue their academic goals. The five most popular majors at Mills are English, Sociology, Biology, Economics, and Psychology. Internships and experiential learning are emphasized at Mills, even leading to the development and launch of a new program, MPower, in Fall 2018. MPower gives each undergraduate student a dedicated “academic success team” providing connections to career networking and an alumnae mentor, paving the way for hands-on-learning, leadership development, and community engagement opportunities. Mills also offers over 30 graduate programs to all genders.
The Mills College “Cyclones” compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III in multiple sports, including rowing, cross country, swimming, soccer, tennis, and volleyball.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition at Mills is uniquely low for a private liberal arts college after implementing a “tuition reset” in Fall 2018, reducing tuition by 36%. Now, tuition is in the average range but is much lower compared to similar colleges. Scholarships and financial aid are still available, with over 80% of undergraduates receiving some form of financial aid in Fall 2017. Please refer to the school’s website for the most up-to-date tuition and financial aid information.
Mills is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
The application deadline to start at Mills in the Fall semester is typically in mid-January of the same year.
For more information contact:
Office of Admission
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613