About Mills College

Founded in 1852, Mills College. is a Private college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 821 full time undergraduate students, and 524 full time graduate students.

The Mills College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 10:1. There are 91 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Mills College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate84%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range925-1233
ACT Range23-29

Admissions at MC are considered Less Selective, with ,7% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 16 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

92% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 65% were in the top quarter, and 33% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Mills College.

Mills College REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    57 Students rated on-campus housing 3.9 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    43 Students rated off-campus housing 2.6 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    58 Students rated campus food 2.9 stars. 9 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    59 Students rated campus facilities 3.9 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    59 Students rated class size 4.6 stars. 69 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    59 Students rated school activities 3.4 stars. 12 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    59 Students rated local services 3.4 stars. 15 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    59 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Mills College?

18 Students rated Mills College

Lena - 08/31/2021

An excellent all-women's or non-gender conforming college on the West Coast. Always room for improvement. The school always has students do course evaluations to critique the class and the professors. I think Mills is located in an area that is away from the central part of Oakland, so many students go out Friday evening or on weekends. Weekends are very quiet on campus and some students may want to go home if they have nothing to do or want to go home. They have a few summer programs you cannot sign up for, you get invited if you qualify prior to your first semester. I give Mills 4 out of 5.

Maryelin - 07/22/2021

Mills College is a academic focused, diverse school for many of the women attendees. Though Mills College is very focused on more progressive ideas, especially in politics, the college is open to outside ideas and for conversations about different perspectives.

Hiwa - 12/09/2020

Although there are some aspects of the school that is lacking Mills is really most well known for their close-knit and supportive community. I came to Mills because of their beautiful campus and small class sizes but I decided to continue at Mills because of the wonderful friends and Professors that I have met here. I am truly grateful to have found my community here that I know will stay with me for the rest of my life.


Mills College is a space for a very specific type of person. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but the atmosphere and general sense of being at the school can become dull and alienating very quickly. Progressiveness is nearly a given attitude, so people of conservative mindsets have often left the school entirely. Mills is also a bit infamous for its price. The budget seems to be spread thin, so policies and campus life blatantly seem to revolve around money. As for the social scene, the student body is both diverse and bubbled. Like I said, this school is a great fit for a very specific type of person. The best way to get a sense of what I mean by this is to visit the campus in the middle of the weekday, observe the students and staff, possibly hold a few conversations, and determine if you could really see yourself flourishing in this small but special environment.

Mills College FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Mills College?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Mills College is 84%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    In the beginning, college was not for me. I just wasn’t ready, so I gave up. A few years later, I decided to try again. It has been the best decision of my life! I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2008. Now I am back in school for a Nursing degree. I aspire to be a psychiatric nurse. College has helped me to grow up. Looking back, I see that the time I spent in college has helped me acquire skills and knowledge that I would have never had otherwise. I have made networking connections with professors and fellow students that have helped me to attain my goals in life. Without college, I would not be the person who I am today.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates remind me of Hilary Clinton.

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  4. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    I consider the lack of variety of courses to be the worst thing about Mills College. It is a small school, but I believe that with the cost of attendance, students should have a wider variety of courses to choose from. For example, I would like to take a course in zoology or some sort of animal science, however, there is no option to do that. If Mills College would add more specific courses to their curriculum, I think it would improve students' learning experience.

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  5. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Because my school is so small, the campus is essentially closed on the weekends--most people either leave to the surrounding cities, or stay inside. There are usually no activities provided, except for the occasional dance, and so often no one is around.

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  6. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    Living at Mills has many great benefits, like single dorms and conscientious dining options. But my favorite thing about Mills is the professor-student relationship that is central to the exerience here. My professors all know my name, hand write feedback on my work, and are happy to talk to me after class. Introductory Government glass size? Less than ten students. Nothing beats that kind of individual attention.

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  7. What kind of person should attend this school?

    A very passionate woman who is dedicated to making a diffrence and creating a better place for people to live. Woman who are looking to further their education and live in a strong community dedicated to supporting others.

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  8. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Well, if you're looking for the college "party environment", Mills is totally not what you're looking for. It's extremely quiet during the weekends.

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  9. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    It welcomes all people

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  10. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I would have known what the weather would be like its way different then where I grew up. I aslo wish I would have know how expensive it was to travel and all the options there are (train, plane, car). I wish I had watched and read more educational books and movies.

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  11. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    It's a lot of fun.

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  12. What's unique about your campus?

    I consider the the diversity and openness to be the best thing about Mills College. The Mills community is very accepting of every type of person you can imagine. It doesn't matter what race you are, or what gender you identify with, or what religion you practice - there is a place for you at Mills. My school prizes the students who dare to be different and outspoken, and I think that is something unique, and to be cherished in a college.

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  13. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    its liberalism and emine studies

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  14. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Lesbians & No parties Well, for the first one, that's say the queer population is quiet large :p As for no parties... We have an annual "Black and White Ball," which is a great official party. Also, Mills College is closed to UC Berkeley!!! Hmmm I smell parties overthere!

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  15. What are the academics like at your school?

    Mills College is a small community, where the biggest class over here (Fundamental Psychology) only has about 80 students. So the professors definitely know your name! They will not only know your name, they will actually discuss with you. (It's really hard to skip class here in Mills, believe me!) Also since it's a small college, professors are really close to students and they are easily to reach. Except their office hours, you can always make appointments with them. You will find yourself always busy and engaged. Mills women are famous for our intelligence, we are always prepared to learn and explore new things. Our school is relatively strict in grading, however, this pushes students and helps them to develop good study habits. You will learn things here not only for your future job, but also for your own personal life. We are doing all we can to be the best women!

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  16. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Not many parties, you have to find them and be outgoing. But many student organizations!

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  17. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Our classes are tiny that sometimes the professor can take us out to cool feildtrips (e.g. SF museums) and we don't have to pay for them. This is not a college town at all, some people party in UCB or other areas in the Bay Area like S.F. Only chiks can apply to school here, but it's a co-ed graduate school and we also have a program called EF, so you'll see lots of international students and that program is co-ed. You can make lots of great international friends there and even have an EF language buddy. Furthermore, people don't really like the Founder's food because it can be disgusting, but there's also a café and a grill area where the food is 100 times better so you can get a meal plan with points for that. However, the campus is really safe and pretty and you'll most likely get a spacious room for yourself if you're smart about choosing. There aren't terrible dorm rules and some people even have parties in the dorms, you can just get it approved. We have a safety system that the security can escort you to your dorm at night if you don't want to walk or bump into raccoons. There used to be secret forest parties with the EF students, but now they're more strict and there's no more because maybe of fire hazards since some people would smoke there. There's an awesome swimming pool and jacuzzi for all students and alums. Sorry, but it's not a party school, so if you want parties there are ways, but you have to be outgoing to find people. For instance, there's a group of students who will go clubbing every week-end. We're a very diverse community and a very liberal and open minded college. For more info talk to admissions, they'll be happy and sign up for the CYCLONES overnight hosting options! Cause we like to move our bodies like a CYCLONE! haha College is awesome and everybody should go!

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  18. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    Nope, heck no! Not all of us are lesbians. Just because it's a women's college doesn't mean we aren't straight. There are a lot of straight people here as well.

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  19. What are your classes like?

    Classes are extremely challenging and enjoyable. I have grown so much both intellectually and personally through my two years at Mills!

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  20. What do students complain about most?

    -smocking -TINNY gym -small campus

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  21. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    Mills College has great financial aid programs. Also it's an all women's school which helps me to focus lol

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

100% of students attending Mills College receive some sort of financial aid. 39% were awarded federal grants. While 68% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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$110K & UP

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