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For more than 160 years, Mills College has shaped women’s lives. An independent college located on the east shore of the San Francisco Bay, Mills provides students with a comprehensive liberal arts and sciences education and access to the unique resources and opportunities available in the Bay Area.

At Mills intimate classes and a diverse, welcoming community ensure that the learning process takes place inside and outside the classroom. Our students receive the personal attention that leads to extraordinary learning and, in the process, gain the ability to make their voices heard and become thoughtful leaders who can change the world.

Broaden your thinking, discover new opportunities
Mills offers a rigorous liberal arts and sciences curriculum that recognizes multicultural values and the perspectives of women. With classes taught by nationally renowned faculty who are invested in your success, Mills provides you with a well-rounded education in the humanities and sciences while you delve deeply into your field (or fields) of interest. Choose from more than 40 majors and over 35 minors—or take advantage of seven unique programs that enable you to earn both a bachelor’s and an accelerated master’s degree.

At Mills your opportunities to learn and explore extend far beyond the classroom. You can get involved with more than 50 student-run clubs, learn from the global perspectives of guest speakers who are leaders in their fields, gain invaluable hands-on experience conducting research with your professors, and participate in internships and volunteer work in the communities surrounding Mills.

Charming living spaces, lifelong friendships
Students living on campus enjoy spacious, furnished single or double rooms filled with natural light. Some rooms have California sleeping porches, which allow you to enjoy the mild San Francisco Bay Area weather.

Our two Mediterranean-inspired residence halls for first-year students are located near the center of campus. The historic, tree-shaded buildings feature comfortable antique furniture and grand pianos in the common areas, wireless Internet, computer labs, laundry facilities, kitchens, and recreation rooms.

First-year students at Mills College choose themed housing communities, which allow you to live in a residence hall with other first-year students who share a common interest with you and build relationships with faculty. The communities bring together incoming students, welcoming you into the inclusive, supportive student body at Mills and helping to foster strong new friendships.

Natural beauty, urban location
Nestled on more than 54 lush hec-tares in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College provides a beautiful, safe campus and easy access to the opportunities offered by a dynamic metropolitan area on the Pacific Rim. Taking advantage of multiple public transportation options, Mills students connect with centers of learning, business, and technology; pursue research and internship opportunities; and explore the Bay Area’s many sources of cultural, social, and recreational enrichment.

Regional points of interest include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Park, and the redwood forests at Muir Woods.

At Mills women discover their best selves and emerge confident and prepared to lead in whatever field they pursue. If you are serious about your education, curious about the world, and ready to make a difference, Mills will give you both the resources and the space you need. Find out more about Mills College today.



Located in the heart of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Area in California, Mills College is situated approximately 24 kilometers from San Francisco and 10 kilometers from downtown Oakland. Mills offers students a safe, welcoming campus with easy access to Berkeley, Napa Valley, and Silicon Valley.


Type of college: Founded in 1852, Mills is an independent liberal arts and sciences college for undergraduate women with graduate programs for women and men. Ranked one of the top colleges in the western United States by U.S.News & World Report, Mills has also been named one of the most environmentally friendly colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review.

Size of campus: Mills is located on 54.6 hectares amid rolling hills and century-old eucalyptus trees.

Number of students:
• 1,405 total
• 867 undergraduate women
• 538 graduate women and men

Number of faculty:
• 202 total
• Full time: 99 (68% female faculty, 33% faculty of color, 94% with terminal degree)
• Part time: 103 (73% female faculty, 34% faculty of color, 62% with terminal degree)
• Student-faculty ratio: 10:1

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: Mills offers more than 40 degrees and over 35 minors, plus special engineering, law, and medicine/health science programs. Seven unique accelerated degree programs enable students to earn a bachelor’s and an accelerated master’s degree. Students can also enroll in courses at neighboring institutions, including UC Berkeley, through our cross-registration program.

• American Studies*
• Anthropology*
• Art History*
• Art (Studio)*
• Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
• Biology*
• Biopsychology
• Business Economics
• Chemistry*
• Child Development*
• College Major (self-designed)
• Computer Science*
• Dance*
• Economics*
• English with emphasis in Creative Writing
• English with emphasis in Literature*
• Environmental Science
• Environmental Studies*
• Ethnic Studies*
• French and Francophone Studies*
• Government*
• History*
• Intermedia Arts*
• International Relations
• Latin American Studies*
• Literary and Cultural Studies*
• Mathematics*
• Music*
• Philosophy*
• Political, Legal, and Economic Analysis (PLEA)
• Psychology*
• Public Policy*
• Sociology*
• Spanish and Spanish American Studies*
• Theater Studies*
• Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

• African and African Diaspora Studies
• Asian Studies
• Book Art
• Journalism
• Physics
• Queer Studies
• Religious Studies
• Urban Education
• Women, Leadership, and Social Change
• Women’s Studies

• Engineering (in conjunction with University of Southern California)
• Law
• Medicine/Health Sciences

• B.A./M.A. Early Childhood Education
• B.A./M.A. Infant Mental Health
• B.A./M.A. Interdisciplinary Computer Science
• B.A./M.A. Mathematics
• B.A./M.B.A. Business Administration
• B.A./M.P.P. Public Policy
• B.A./M.A./Credential Teacher Education

* Also available as a minor

Geographic diversity:
Students come to Mills from 12 countries, and 43 U.S. states are represented on campus.

International student services: Services for international students at Mills include admission counseling, personalized academic advising, and a dedicated international student advisor to assist with orientation to life in the United States, maintenance of visas, and connecting with campus resources.

International student budget: (2015–2016)
Undergraduate Tuition    $42,990
Single Room/Board on Campus    $13,200
Student Fees/Health Plan    $5,748
Total    $61,938

Financial aid: International students may be eligible for one of several Mills College scholarships. The scholarship awards are based on academic performance, school examination results, and the results of standardized tests. Awards vary in amount and may be renewable if students meet academic requirements.

Test score requirements: Required TOEFL score: 550 paper, 213 CBT, or 80 iBT; IELTS score: 6.5; ELS Level 112 Certificate. The TOEFL or IELTS may be waived if the SAT Critical Reading score is above 600. International students must submit official SAT or ACT results.

Application deadlines and fees:
• Early Action: November 15
• Regular Decision: January 15