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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    C-
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B
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 $34,600.
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Northwest Conference
Address
5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94613
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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
87%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
925-1233
ACT Range
23-29
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$26,086/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$35,560/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
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.57 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.57 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
739Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
22
Undergrads Over 25
14%
Pell Grant
47%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 28 responses
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  • Outspoken, determined, socially conscious
    43%
  • Feminist
    25%
  • Angry and feminist and closet racists.
    11%
  • Motivated and determined to succeed
    11%
  • Empowered
    7%
  • Angry
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
82%
Poll
87%
of students say they don't have Greek life.55 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.75 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 34 responses
Report
  • All of the above, actually.
    35%
  • Liberal, thought provoking
    29%
  • Passionate, outspoken, empowered, socially aware
    12%
  • Engaged and interdisciplinary
    9%
  • Studious, thoughtful, engaging, in-depth
    9%
  • Also very liberal
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
69%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
87%
National
83%
63%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.30 responses
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When I first heard about mills college in my sophomore year of high school. I never put any thought or attention to it being that it was an all-girls school. But when my senior year came I felt like it was the right choice for me so I applied and got accepted! Walking into campuse you instantly fall in love with it. The campus is such a beautiful place that I enjoy getting there every morning. Mills is such a diverse place that me being a Latina I have never felt out of place nor uncomfortable. At Mills, you get so much support from your fellow classmates since classes are so small and from the staff. The staff is very kind and, always find ways to help you in any way they can. The best part is that they believe in you and what you can accomplish. From the top of my head, something they can change is lowering the food prices since not everyone is well financially stable and, Making our campus a free smoke environment to help our students stay healthy and our air quality less polluted.
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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.