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Reviews 410 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The anthropology department is absolutely tiny (It recently splintered-off from the now dismantled "Sociology and Anthropology" department, so hopefully it grows with time.), but the professors typically range from good to brilliant. The "Special Topics" courses are hilariously and wonderfully Mills (Last semester we had Queer Ethnography.). You can also cross-register at UC Berkeley and a few other schools if you have trouble finding classes that sound interesting to you, but there are always multiple special topics' courses I'm excited to take each new semester.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I have yet to have a "bad professor." Each one is typically intelligent, well-educated, articulate, and encouraging (There are exceptions.). The workload is ideal in my opinion; It's just rigorous enough to keep you engaged without overwhelming you. Mills students typically have multiple passions outside of academia as well and the manageable workload allows you pursue those while working on your degree. While students rarely complete ALL of the assigned readings, it is, however, important realize that they are for you're benefit and you are likely to fall behind if you completely ignore them.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I've had no issues with the RA or campus police.

5 College Junior

Academics: Professors care about each student, and there are many notable professors in each department. Departments are small so you will know your professors and classmates well. There are so many options for students with initiative.

1 College Junior

Greek Life: There is no greek life on campus. There are Berkeley fraternities/sororities nearby.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: If you do not mind having a meal plan, campus housing is amazing. Rooms are huge, there are always singles available if you want one (and both singles and doubles are huge spaces). There is alternate housing for 21+, but it costs more (although you are not required to be on a meal plan).

5 College Junior

Scholarships: The initial price tag would have prevented me from attending, but I had so much school-based financial aid that I was able to attend comfortably.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are constant postings of rooms and apartments for lease/sublease, and with UC Berkeley so nearby, many students find housing there. The cost varies widely depending on what area you want to live in (and there are parts of Oakland near Mills that you wouldn't want to rent).

5 College Junior

Parking: As a student living on campus, there is more than enough residential parking. I do not know how commuter parking is (they have separate parking spots/lots).

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: You'll need to take the bus or order takeout, but it's worth it! Tons of great options for vegan/vegetarian diets.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Mills has a shuttle that is available to any enrolled Mills student. The shuttle drops off all around Oakland and in Berkeley. A bus that goes all through Oakland and to San Francisco is also located conveniently in front of the college campus. BART is easily accessible by bus as well!

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4 College Senior

Diversity: Mills is 50 percent students of color and 50 percent white students. As a white woman I have not had the same experience on campus as a POC, however I know there have been issues regarding POC's experiences on campus and in classrooms. I would say Mills is pretty diverse in economic backgrounds. I have met people from all ends of the spectrum which is not always common at private schools. Political beliefs may be the most homogenous of the topics, people tend to be more radically minded and believe that activeness is what creates change.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Oakland is a vibrant city with much to offer. Located in the midst of a city sprawl, Berkeley and San Francisco within 20 minutes with no traffic, there are plenty of events happening to suit a spectrum of interests every day. There is never a lack of things to do, one just has to have the drive to search for things!

3 College Senior

Academics: The sociology department is small meaning that each semester a limited amount of classes are offered - hopefully the classes suit your interest or you may be forced to take a class unappealing to meet requirements. You'll learn a ton though regardless of the subject! The academic work load at Mills varies from professor to professor, but I've felt that overall all the professors in the Sociology department have high academic standards and demand the best of students. I especially enjoyed a class titled Sociology of Hip Hop taught by Professor Hunter. All the classes touch on subjects of race, class, gender, ethnicity and intersectionality. A certain uniformed lens of thought is used throughout many of the classes which makes it easier to navigate and understand the subjects after awhile.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I have really benefitted from the small class sizes and academic rigor at Mills, but I must say that the cost of attendance is outlandish, when considering the amenities that the school does NOT provide. The gym facility is meager at best, and there are no regular classes you can attend without taking the class for credit. In other words, if you want to take a yoga class, it's going on your transcript, you can't just show up and enjoy the exercise when it fits into your schedule. There is a salt-water pool but the pool hours are not convenient.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The Bay Area has great food. A lot of locally grown, organic, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free etc. options are available.

College Senior

Greek Life: There are no sororities (or frats) on campus, so the ratings above don't mean anything.

3 College Senior

Facilities: There isn't much except studying going on on campus. The campus is small and people are generally friendly, but there isn't much to do. Don't expect to be able to party at Mills.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Mills College is an all girls school. We have a great rowing team, and there are also mostly small class sizes.

4 College Senior

Computers: The campus provides Macs and PCs that are up to date.

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: I am sure some people are doing drugs, but it isn't noticeable or obnoxious.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Everyone gets the campus security phone number as soon as they go to orientation. This is useful for anything from calling security to open up a lab room for you to calling for an escort.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Mills is located in Oakland, CA, which is one of the most dangerous cities in the United States. It also happens to be in one of the worst areas of Oakland. That being said, the campus is fenced in and the entrance is guarded at all times. If you want to venture off campus, San Francisco, in all its glory, is just a hop skip and a jump away. Other areas in Oakland can also be fun to hang out in.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is convenient. There is not a lot of noise or disturbance, but there is also no social life. Students are rather disconnected, at least in the town homes where I lived.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The bay area is great, but Mills is located in East Oakland.... not much going on there.


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