Location
Oakland, CA
Undergrads
894
Tuition
$40,080
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 493 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I love all the organic and vegetarian food, but there could be more variety each week.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I like the living areas.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I love meeting so many different types of people. The diversity brings a lot to this campus.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's always a bus to take you were u want to go. Very close to the city, easy access to cross the bay bridge and spend the day in the city. Oakland is safe mostly during the day, not at night.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I've never been, but the bay area seems like there's a lot to do to have fun.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know much, I live on campus, but it seems like a reasonable option.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The gym and soccer field is great. So is the pool and tennis courts.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Not many options close by, but the city is near, and there is always something to eat there.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The classes here are excellent especially in the sciences. I feel extremely well prepared for haw tI plan to do in life and the academic experience here is priceless.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have had many connections with people from Mills College and since it's located next to a city there's many opportunities available for those who actively search for them.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus safety is really good--however occasionally an incident happens that shouldn't considering that the campus only has one entrance for visitors and students alike. Rules are strictly enforced and punished if people are caught--which is very rarely because people can easily hide their alcohol/drugs. Honor code is taken very seriously by teachers.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Mills College is very aware of safety (sexual safety especially)--with the students being the ones who instigate sexual safety the most. Mills College is very safe when it comes sexual assault (everyone is very proactive against it) and since there's no guys M/F rape is almost a non-issue on campus. Mills can work to have safer places for people who do have incidents and can also try to educate the student body more efficiently.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Since Mills is in the Bay Area housing will cost you your leg, arm, soul, and first-born child so you better plan on having a roommate or at least work a decent paying part-time job to pay the rent. Housing can be safe depending on location and the quality depends on how much you're willing to pay. There's some but limited options available since there's so many people in the Bay Area looking for housing and many of the places are near campus (5-15 minutes). Safety also depends on how much you're willing to pay--but make sure to ask around to know how safe the area is in actuality.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Mills College is located in an incredible place. The Bay Area has so much available to those who actively look for new things to do and every outing is guaranteed a new discovery. The bus routes are always running so people can get almost anywhere they need to go. Shops, entertainment, sports, nightlife, food, and culture are more than abundant around Mills and there's something for everyone to have a good time during college. I would be careful during the night though. Being in a big city can be dangerous and so if you do travel at night always travel with a friend and know exactly where you're going so you can be as safe as possible.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: Mills doesn't have any Greek life. The closest they have to any sort of campus life is hall groups that are automatically assigned on the basis of where you live.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Founder's can get pretty repetitive and they have too many gluten-free options for those who do want gluten in their diet. The hours that Founder's dining services are available can be pretty inconvenient as some people live far away from the main dining hall. The Tea-Shop is a step-up from Founder's and is open later and is more convenient for people who need food at later hours. The food is a lot fresher and tastier than Founder's food and has many more options available to those who want to customize their food more.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Mills is probably one of the most diverse campuses in the nation. People come from all socio-economic backgrounds and there is a large amount of ethnic diversity. Additionally, the LGBTQ community on campus is an important part of many peoples' lives and is widely accepted in all aspects of the college.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I personally never go out and get drinks since I never have time nor the interest to go out and club. However, from what I've heard from others, the night life is diverse and fun to go to. The nightlife is also nearby so you don't have to worry about a long commute.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I don't know about the non-science majors--since I'm a biology major--but I know that internships can be difficult to get. On the positive side there's going to be a lot of opportunities for internships since there's so many places and people in the Bay Area. But since there's so many people around the Bay Area it can be difficult to actually get a spot in an internship. Unless one is proactive and tenaciously searches for an internship that involves sciences it's a 50/50 chance that you can get an internship.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: For science majors, if you TRULY like what you're doing and are ready to commit a lot of time and energy to the major, getting into the program is a breeze. The testing into the major can be difficult to those that aren't passionate about the sciences but they're manageable if you can focus and correctly do the test. The science programs in Mills are difficult and thorough but if you like what you're doing then it will be a lot of fun.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The standard dorm room at Mills College is a single room because Mills is so small. The rooms are spacious and fully furnished (including a desk, twin bed, semi-walk-in closet, dresser, sink/mirror, bookshelf, and window), and are pretty clean. Additionally, the communities are small so you get to know everyone and can create study groups efficiently. The buildings are Colonial architecture and simply beautiful and there's plenty of common areas where people can conglomerate and talk.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Since Mills College is in Oakland, there's plenty of diverse dining options available (Asian, Italian, Latin, etc.) and they're reasonably close by. Some of them are easily accessible by the college shuttle that goes to Berkley (which has a diverse amount of food options) and others are reachably by bus lines only a few minutes away. Some of the food can be costly (California living isn't cheap) and sometimes it can be difficult to find places that are close by if you're in a rush. Overall, the food scene is good but you may need to commute a bit and expect to pay around $5-$15 for a meal, no matter what you buy.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The M Center can be a hassle to work with as they can be unhelpful, rude, and slow to respond to your requests. Additionally Mills doesn't adjust your financial aid based on your college academic performance. This screws those over who did really well in college and still get the same amount of aid when Mills raises tuition and not your aid.

College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Mills College is entirely all-female for undergrad. The only males on campus are those who are in graduate programs (i.e. Post-Baccaleuriates in sciences, performing arts, and music).

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are no guys at Mills because it is a girls college. All the girls are intelligent, driven, and supportive of their fellow students.

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