Oakland, CA
Mills College


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Recent Reviews

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

The best thing that will ever happen to me.

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

The best thing that will ever happen to me.

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

Visit your college choices both formally and informally to truly assess the whole realm of the college.

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

The worst thing about Mills is the fact that if you're taking science classes they're only offered on a MWF basis and each class is an hour long. It would be better if they also offered TR classes that were longer because I want to have Fridays off.

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

The amount of learning you get is awesome.

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

The amount of learning you get is awesome.

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

First of all they have to decide whether they want to live close to home or far away, then from there whether they want to choose a big school or small school. It is hard to choose but have to be open and have lots of options. When finding the right college you have to go visit it. You have to walk around and imagine yourself if you see yourself going to that school. Try to have an overnight stay to see how it is to stay in campus. That would give you an opportunity to see the college life and get to ask questions to college students. To make the most of college you have to be up for challenges and know that you could overcome them if you work really hard. Its really hard to be on top of things when you have friends who invite you to go out placesm=, but sometimes you just have to make sacrifices. You could go out once in a while and get yourself distressed, but not too much that gets you out of getting work done on time. Just enjoy college and have fun and of course work hard.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Too much work and no time to go out.

Rashida
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

My school is unique because it emphasizes the capabilities of women and encourages them to pursue whatever career or field th...

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

My school is unique because it emphasizes the capabilities of women and encourages them to pursue whatever career or field they desire, whether or not it is traditionally male-dominated or not. It is a judgement-free, non-competitive environment where students can challenge themselves and step out of their comfort zone both academically and socially.

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

As soon as I began Mills last year, I knew it was the right place for me. I was terrified on my first day of Journalism class-- excited because I had always dreamed of becoming a journalist, but nonetheless terrified that I would not be good enough to succeed. In spite of my fears, my professors saw potential in me, and encouraged me to minor in journalism while also writing for the school paper. That one semester changed my life and I am now certain of what career I'd like to pursue. My advice to students would be to seek out a college where you feel supported to try new things, things that perhaps you would have never thought you were able to do. While attending "brand name" universities of high prestige is a source of great pride, it does not necessarily mean that you will get an education that will inspire you to choose a specific career, the way my education has. I believe that being a place where you can freely experiment with different career-focused disciplines will enable you to hone in more on what you would like to do after graduation.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about Mills College is that it is a very supportive environment, where students are encouraged both by their professors and by their peers to really succeed. At my prior school, I was too nervous to try journalism courses, even though I was very interested in them, and instead took classes I felt were 'safe.' Because at Mills I felt so encouraged and supported, I tried taking journalism courses and really loved them. I have since become the editor of the school paper, thanks to Mills' belief in my success.

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

For a student who does not know which field of study they wish to pursue, school attened a college that is willing to work with that student and a school that has a varity of options.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The fact thats theres not a lot of majors like a state school would have

Kaetchen
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It is all women small liberal arts college that is known to be agressive in academics but also a college that encourages stud...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It is all women small liberal arts college that is known to be agressive in academics but also a college that encourages students to discover themselves through many different venues.

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

Because of the financial situation many families are having to deal with, I would reccomend making tuition a huge part of the college searching process. This was an idea that used to be taboo, often thought to deter students from making the right decision about their college, but keep in mind that when the first exciting year is done, and you or your student has been paying that bill every month, the reality will set in that education is the number one important thing about college, and frivoulous things can come later. A good idea is to maybe go to a state college to get in state tuition for the first year or two years, and then transfer to a college that you would prefer once your general education classes are fulfilled. If you do take that option, which often puts less financial stress on both the student and parents, make sure to communicate with your chosen college for your last two years. You should make sure your credits will transfer, and that you are getting a good base education so that you will be able to do the academics at your chosen university. Be Yourself when you choose.

What kind of person should attend this school?

The best fit for Mills would be a woman who is very interested in learning, not only text from books but from her professors and peers as well; A woman who is passionate about her position in soceity, and wants to succeed. Mills is not a huge party school, but we do have fun, so if a woman would be looking for a soriety, Mills might not be the place. We do offer sisterhood and love and support, but without the stigma of sorieties.

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

Try not to let other's influence your decision. Come up with a strategy BEFORE you start looking for colleges. Make a list ...

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

Try not to let other's influence your decision. Come up with a strategy BEFORE you start looking for colleges. Make a list of the main things you want to get out of your college experience whether it's small class sizes, competitive atmosphere, social activities, etc. if you keep your list in mind as you visit schools and talk to alumni and students you will be much less likely to be swayed by their "Sales Pitch". Almost everyone you meet (esspecially recruiters) will go on and on about how great their school is but if it's not for you, it's not for you! Another piece of advice is to phrase your questions wisely. Never hint at the answer you are seeking when you ask a question. Here is an example: Do not ask: "So, are there a lot of active things to do around campus?" If you phrase your question this way you will get an answer that is tailored to the response the recruiter believes you want to hear. Instead phrase your question this way: "What kinds of activities are available?" This question is much more open ended and you will get a more honest response.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Any woman who is interested in learning in a supportive environment that is still challenging and designed to bring out the best in young women.

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

I brag about the amazing women I met, the life long friends I've made, the small classroom sizes, one-on-one professor/student attention, and the beautiful campus.

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

Try to figure out what environments you work the best in (larger or smaller class sizes), and also try to find a school that,...

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

Try to figure out what environments you work the best in (larger or smaller class sizes), and also try to find a school that, at least for the most part, matches up with your political views. It's a nice thing to have other people to relate to, as well as challenge you.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A very liberal, open-minded person who is interested in learning different about different people's views.

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

How liberal the campus is and how much much there is to do around it. Also, I love my class sizes.

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

The campus is beautiful and the classes are small.

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

The campus is beautiful and the classes are small.

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

Remember to visit the campus. Make sure to find out whether small are large classes are right for you. Remember to take any opportunity that presents itself. It is better to ask for forgiveness than permission.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The financial aid center is terrible at helping and updating students.

Keshia
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Its small, liberal and environmentally focused. There are only women in the undergraduate classes.

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

Its small, liberal and environmentally focused. There are only women in the undergraduate classes.

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

I think that what you should look for first is if the school has the academics and extra curriculars that you are interested. Then cost and location should come next in your consideration. Once the student has come to the school the best thing to do is to get involved in everything that interest you to see where you fit and to find out what doesn't work from the beginning. Once this is all established you can start planning the direction you want to get out of the school and your education there.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Conservative people should steer clear.

suki
Describe the students at your school.

I am in mostly writing courses; some classmates are shy , some are outgoing, all of them are extremely intelligent, and some ...

Describe the students at your school.

I am in mostly writing courses; some classmates are shy , some are outgoing, all of them are extremely intelligent, and some are very talented.

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

Small classes and excelent, amazing, writing program. Professors that are out in the world creating while the are teaching. It an women's college and it has parent student housing on campus.

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

Visit the college. Take the time to explore the neighborhood and community before coming. Try to make friend via face book prior to coming. Study what you are passionate about, not what you think will make the most money. Take the first semester easy on yourself. Allow yourself time to transition and ask for help. Use all of the resources available because your paying for them. If you need something that isn't already available find a way to create it. Don't always trust what the college is trying to sell you. Talk to students or visit websites created by students.

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  • 821
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $45,635
  • Acceptance rate
  • 84%

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