Mills is an above-average private college located in Oakland, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 739 undergraduate students. The Mills acceptance rate is 87%. Popular majors include Psychology, English, and Biology. Graduating 69% of students, Mills alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,300.
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.54 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.56 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.56 responses
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say they don't have Greek life.54 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.74 responses
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.30 responses
Mills College Reviews
I am a current student at Mills College, and I have had a great experience so far. They offer immense support in a multitude if areas. There are a large number of social groups, and everyone is very welcoming. The campus itself is beautiful, and very well kept. The community is full of different shops, and fun local businesses. The professors are really engaging and try to accommodate for every individual student and their learning preferences. I have found my passion through Mills, and they do everything in their power to encourage you to find your passions and follow them. There are classes offered in a wide range of academic interests as well.
For me, Mills is a very diverse community of liberal minded individuals where individuality is accepted and encouraged, unless you're conservative. The Economics department, where I am at, the professors are great and the program is put together. For a lot of other programs, the classes and professors are limited and create a patchwork system within which it is difficult to plan and achieve a degree. The area around the school is a cultural epicenter, however it is also in a fairly dangerous area of Oakland where is not uncommon to hear gunshots at night. Campus is serene and beautiful as it has plentiful nature and forested area. If you want to party at college, don't come here. Mills has no party scene to speak of, and the social climate can become isolating if you let it. Freshman housing is quite decrepit and for many the rooms feel like shoeboxes. Housing thereafter becomes more amenable and spacious.
I like the small university environment. My favorite part is the class size but I would like to see more courses available each semester. However, there are some downsides to being such a small school of barely 1,000 students total. Funding is extremely low and I think the school needs to take better advice in the financial department. Poor management has led the school in debt which has significantly impacted faculty and students. I love the professors here but it is a shame that they are not paid enough and that our school's way of handling its financial situation is by laying off exceptional professors and raising housing costs. This school is incredibly accommodating and accepting students of all backgrounds which I do not find elsewhere. The location is great - the Bay Area has so much to offer and our school is nestled in East Oakland which makes a trip to SF only 13 minutes away. The school needs many improvements, but I am overall satisfied with my college experience so far.