Mills College

645 reviews
  1. Oakland, CA
  2. 4 Year
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B+
Mills College is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Data not available
Athletic Conference
Great South Athletic Conference
Address
5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94613
Website

Mills College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
76%
SAT Range
1020-1250
ACT Range
23-29
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended

Cost

Net Price
$27,403/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $21,532/ year
  • $30-48k
    $21,360/ year
  • $49-75k
    $22,892/ year
  • $76-110k
    $28,471/ year
  • $110k+
    $34,432/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
89%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.54 responses
84%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.56 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.56 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
875Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
16%
Pell Grant
50%
Varsity Athletes
Data not available
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 27 responses
Report
  • Outspoken, determined, socially conscious
    41%
  • Feminist
    26%
  • Angry and feminist and closet racists.
    11%
  • Motivated and determined to succeed
    11%
  • Empowered
    7%
  • Angry
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
84%
Poll
89%
of students say they don't have Greek life.54 responses
Poll
51%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.74 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • All of the above, actually.
    36%
  • Liberal, thought provoking
    30%
  • Engaged and interdisciplinary
    9%
  • Passionate, outspoken, empowered, socially aware
    9%
  • Studious, thoughtful, engaging, in-depth
    9%
  • Also very liberal
    6%

After Mills College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
72%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
85%
National
83%
63%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.30 responses

Reviews

645 reviews
  • Excellent
    131
  • Very Good
    255
  • Average
    192
  • Poor
    42
  • Terrible
    25
I COULD NOT IMAGINE A BETTER PLACE TO BE! I by no means considered attending a women's college. It wasn't until I visited Mills campus and sat in on a couple classes, that I realized what a unique and empowering institution Mills is! The professors are exceptional; they have extensive published research, but are most passionate about teaching. Professors make themselves accessible by offering office hours throughout the week, responding immediately to emails and occasionally giving out their cell/home phone numbers. Professors want you to develop a relationship with them and hope you take the time to meet with them outside of class. Because the classes are typically 15 (or less) students, professors expect everyone to do the reading and participate in class. Mills students are passionate, articulate, outspoken and empowered. The Mills student body is much more racially and socioeconomically diverse than the other 22 colleges I extensively researched. When students with varied life experiences are expected to participate in class, discussions are dynamic, highly educational and exciting!

I was fed up with the quality of education at my high school and was pleasantly surprised to find a college that teaches you about influential people and achievements OUTSIDE the white, masculinist, heteronormative, capitalist narrative. At Mills, I have learned about groundbreaking grassroots social justice movements in the Bay Area (and World) that were organized by queer people of color. Prior to Mills, I thought I was fairly educated on social justice movements, my white privilege, and politics. HOWEVER, I knew nothing compared to what I know now (two years later.) I have learned how to THINK CRITICALLY, recognize implicit bias and question all authors, politicians, policy makers and influential people to determine if they are perpetuating structures of oppression or challenging them. Overall, I LOVE MY CLASSES and LOVE MY SOCIAL LIFE AT MILLS EVEN MORE!
  • College Junior
  • July 8 2015
Mills was one of the few schools I applied to. Once all my applications went out, I dearly hoped Mills would be one of the schools to accept me. Mills has helped me explore college with the mind that I can learn and study while having fun. The class size is fairly small, the professors were humorous even while lecturing, and the students were strong open minded leaders with great respectful opinion. I tell everyone I know not to judge Mills from the gate looking but from the gate looking out. Even those who look in get an idea of how beautiful and relaxing Mills is!
  • College Freshman
  • 12 months ago
I'm getting so much out of my school musically - my ears are opening up, and I'm getting amazing instruction in all kinds of areas that I couldn't get anywhere else. However, the micro-aggressions students of color and especially women of color face on a daily basis seem like Mills hidden secret, hidden behind it's somewhat superficial liberal and aware attitude. It's not a huge surprise that I face racial micro-agressions in class and on campus because they occur frequently in every day life, and especially when you consider the fact that out of about 1,500 students, only 52 of them were black my first year. Low numbers of African-Americans are common in universities, but it is somewhat of a shock when you compare those numbers with the number of black people in the surrounding Oakland community.
  • College Sophomore
  • 11 months ago