Oakland, CA
Mills College


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Recent Reviews

Nikki
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are diverse, liberal, and more often than not oddball women who have extravagant goals but not too many practic...

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are diverse, liberal, and more often than not oddball women who have extravagant goals but not too many practical ways of accomplishing them.

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

I would advise, overall, not believing about 85% of what you are told about the school by the school until you experience it for yourself. Schools will always be trying to sell themselves and those brochures and pictures can be doctored and words can be spun to any extent. Specifically, I advise attending (sitting in on) classes at the school, as opposed to trusting the academic reputation the school says it has. Check out syllabii and try to judge based on your own standards - other students will be responding based on their own standards of rigor, not necessarily yours. I also advise communicating with the college as much as you can before enrolling - the more you talk to administration, the better idea you'll have of how helpful they are. Remember that a beautiful campus is nice, but the school itself is defined in the classrooms and programs. It is possible to have a horrible school on a breathtaking campus. Above all else, Know yourself!: do you like urban or country settings, busy party life or quiet, mellow goings-on? Hold the school up to your own preferences, no one else's. Good luck! Learn all you can!

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

The administration; there are hoops to jump through and extra charges everywhere! They always give you the run-around, contradict themselves, make you fill out a million forms and definitely don't live up to the image they present to potential students. They are late and disorganized, and really the opposite of helpful.

Rachelle
Describe the students at your school.

I don't know them very well because I live off campus.

Describe the students at your school.

I don't know them very well because I live off campus.

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

Think about the needs of the student. Smaller class sizes allow for more one-on-one learning. Research what kind of services the college offers as far as disabilities, psychological services, medical/health services, etc. Definitely visit the campus for more than 1 day, preferably a day they're not having an official tour-- that way you can try the real food they serve (not the good stuff they save for prospective students). Ask all the questions you might have, whether you think you have the answers or not. The right college for one person isn't necessarily the right college for someone else. Make sure that the college you go to has some kind of program to fit your interests. If you don't know what you want to do with your life, go to a community college first and give yourself some time to think about it while taking various classes to complete your general education. If you have an interest, ask everyone you know in that field about it, and don't ever be afraid to change your mind.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing about Mills is that during registration, some classes are TBA (no offical day and time) and that's not helpful for students who work off campus (like me) when trying to register for the next semester.

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

Make sure you get a chance to visit the college and attend a few classes. Talking to students is very helpgul so that you kno...

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

Make sure you get a chance to visit the college and attend a few classes. Talking to students is very helpgul so that you know what you are getting yourself into!

What's unique about your campus?

The professors - they are just so caring and intelligent. The nature on campus - very relaxing. Financial Aid- very good packages if you are poor/

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

I wish I'd known that Mills was going to be liberal to such an extent that Conservative/Christian views are rejected automatically no matter how liberal they are. How far away it is from the city, and how hard it is to get there. There is absolutley nothing to do socially on campus or near by that is SAFE.

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

Students need to be happy where they go. Their first priority should be a college which has their major. Then, they have to l...

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

Students need to be happy where they go. Their first priority should be a college which has their major. Then, they have to look if the campus has activities of their interest. They should see if the environment is their type inside and out of campus. For instance if they like the city or prefer a suburb. It would be wise to check class size and to talk with students in the school they plan to attend. Visiting the campus can be convenient.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A person who is aware that this is a womens college. Also, a person who wants to build strong relationships with professors. A person who likes the Bay Area and is open to others opinion. A person who wants to gain confidence. A person who has leadership traits. A person who wants a personalised education. A person who has motivation and wants to learn about social justice. A person who wants to positively change the world in the future. A person who is driven.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A person who is ignorant and very conservative. A person who doesn't care about college. A person who won't attend class or be responsible. A person who judges people. A person who is not comitted to social justice. A person who doesn't want to be a positive change in the world. A person who doesn't care about her education. A person who will not participate actively. A person who wants to be at a coed college.

Kristina
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are usually nice, but keep to themselves. When they have a set group of friends, they usually only stick to tha...

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are usually nice, but keep to themselves. When they have a set group of friends, they usually only stick to that group. But when i need notes or somethings, usually someone is willing to let me borrow them. But i also feel discriminated against because of my race. Some students keep to their groups of a certain ethnicity and look down on others.

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

I would say definitely visit a lot of college campuses when you are trying to pick a college. Getting the feel of the atmosphere when you are there really help in choosing. Also, while you are there, visit classes that are in session. Make sure the college you want to attend has the major you want, or the range of topics you are interested in. And when you start college, be open to new things nd meeting new people. Go to all of the orientation activities so you can get to know some people. Having friends at school is really important because you will want a social life that you can have fun with whenyou need a break from the academic part. And you may meet friends that will be your friends for the rest of your life. And of course, try some new classes! Maybe take a class you wouldnt normally take or something that sounds really interesting. And also balance out yur time. You ill need to study a lot to do well, but make time for friends and family because that will keep you happy.

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

I always tell people about how great it is to have small classes because its easier to converse with the professor and its not a huge class with hundreds of people.

Kaila
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates include a wonderful assortment of the rich, the poor, the eccentric , the street-wise, the ghetto-fabulous, t...

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates include a wonderful assortment of the rich, the poor, the eccentric , the street-wise, the ghetto-fabulous, the naiive, the hip, the tragic, the hopelessly uncool, the smugly uncool, the nerd chic, the queer chic, the science queers, the millsbians, the old lady activists, all of us poets, and all of us squarely in love with our school.

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

From the moment I set foot on the campus, I was enamoured with Mills College. I had a very positive experience with it right off the bat, and choosing Mills was based mainly on the intuitive feeling that here was where I belonged. I would suggest spending some time on the campuses of the schools being considered, in order to find out what feels like the perfect match. To make the most of the college experience, make sure you are ready before you go to college, and that it's really what you want to do. For me, several years of working hard to make ends meet before I came to Mills was just the ticket to make me super-grateful for the opportunities college provides, not to mention better able to enjoy and to succeed in my studies.

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

I wish I'd known that on-campus housing is not suited to those of us who are sober and in our thirties. I now believe this to be true of any school.

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

The brochure won't tell you everything about the school--don't be fooled by pretty pictures and glowing commentaries from stu...

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

The brochure won't tell you everything about the school--don't be fooled by pretty pictures and glowing commentaries from students. Each college has its strengths and weaknesses. Go for a place that is strong academically and has students who really care about learning.

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

Pseudo tolerance, too much money, bureaucratic nonsense from the administration, location

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

I give tours to prospective undergraduate students. A lot of the question they should be asking are: What is there to do on...

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

I give tours to prospective undergraduate students. A lot of the question they should be asking are: What is there to do on the weekends? Are there lots of events that I'd be interested in on campus? What is there to do in the surrounding neighborhood? How easy is it to get around without a car? Does tuition increase every year? How has the college changed over the years? Are there jobs on campus? Is there food available on campus when the cafeteria is closed? How late do the dining halls stay open? Is it easy to get to the campus if you live off-campus? What is the weather like during the year? If you think you've found the perfect school during your search ask to spend the night on campus with a current student. Things are definitely different than what the Admissions Office shows you. Students' needs of a college change over time. What was perfect for you when you were 18 is different from what you need at age 21. Don't be afraid to transfer to a different school.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

People who are even moderately conservative in their beliefs shouldn't attend this college. Also, homophobic people shouldn't attend either. People who expect a social life at this school should apply somewhere else; most people enjoy studying for their midterm that's 3 weeks away. People who expect to be able to go anywhere or do anything relatively close to campus need not apply. Oh, and if you enjoy having a beer or two or smoking pot--don't attend this school. You will be labeled as a drug addicted alcoholic.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Financial aid and the registrar: they lose important documents all the time, they don't contact you (even if it's extremely important), they are not willing to work with you, they assume the fact that you missed the deadline is your fault (especially when it's theirs), and depending on who you ask and what time if day you can get 5 different answers from 2 different people. They hand out misinformation all the time and are EXTREMELY bad about getting back to you about anything! The financial aid is beyond subpar.

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

Mills women know what matters in life; family, self expression, and the search for happiness.

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

Mills women know what matters in life; family, self expression, and the search for happiness.

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

For the student: do not let your parents or surrounding community dictate what school is best for you or the timeline you must make for yourself to get into school. Sometimes, taking a year off to work, do community service, or attend other academic programs may be ideal to give you some time to think about what you would like to do and where you would like to go to do it. Do not rush the application process because a lot of your time and money is at stake , and you need to put your best foot forward. Remember, you can make a good exprience for yourself no matter where you end up. If it comes down to it, transferring is not the end of the world. Follow your passions.

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

The social community of my school is very separated. People seem to be too involved in their own activities to connect with each other. For as progressive and racially diverse Mills makes itself to be, students of different races do not mingle very much.

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

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