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International Profile

At Mills College, you’ll be inspired to expand your thinking and realize your full potential. 

Founded in 1852, Mills is ranked one of the top colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. Here you’ll find the freedom to be yourself and the support you may need along the way.

Experience an education focused on you
As a liberal arts and sciences college for women, we offer a supportive learning environment that values ideas, encourages discussion, and empowers students to be creative, independent thinkers. 

Mills students learn from renowned professors who will invite you to ask questions, experiment, and discover new possibilities. Our small class size and student-faculty ratio let you enjoy one-on-one attention and personal mentoring both inside and outside the classroom. You’ll have opportunities to collaborate with faculty and peers on research and creative projects—presenting at conferences, staging performances, contributing to original research, curating exhibitions, and coauthoring journal articles. You can also choose from a broad range of majors and minors as well as accelerated bachelor’s-to-master’s degree programs that enable you to earn two degrees in just five years, increasing your career options.

Live on a beautiful campus in the San Francisco Bay Area
Our lush, park-like campus in Oakland, California, offers you the resources, security, and comfort to focus on your education. You’ll have access to beautiful residence and dining halls, well-equipped classrooms and
laboratories, studios for artists and performers, a library, concert hall, art museum, gym, and outdoor pool. In your free time, you can enjoy live performances and exhibitions, community events, physical education classes, recreational excursions, and many other activities.

Exploring off campus puts you right in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, a globally renowned center for innovation in arts, sciences, and technology. Our students take advantage of all this region offers, including world-class museums, natural parks, and cuisine from around the world. A wide range of international organizations and innovative start-up companies—including Apple, YouTube, Google, Pixar, Charles Schwab, and Global Fund for Women—provide opportunities for students to gain hands-on work experience and land great jobs. 

Be prepared for success
Whether you want to launch a new career, inspire action in your community, or seek an additional degree after you graduate, a Mills education will prepare you to achieve your goals. Our career services office can help you discover or clarify your career path, explore internship and professional job opportunities, build a résumé, strengthen your interview skills, and apply for advanced degree programs.

When you leave Mills, you’ll join a network of more than 25,000 alumnae in over 60 countries. Some of them are pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees at the world’s most prestigious universities; others are leading nonprofits and businesses and pushing boundaries in the arts and sciences. A select group of graduates serves in government—including the United States House of Representatives and the diplomatic corps of other nations. Wherever you choose to go next, you’ll be equipped to forge a distinctive path, emboldened to transform the world, and empowered to make a statement. 



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


Type of SCHOOL: 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 best 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:
• 1,311 total
• 762 undergraduate women
• 549 graduate women and men

Number of faculty:
• 174 total
• Full time: 82 (73% female faculty, 40% faculty of color, 85% with terminal degree)
• Part time: 92 (70% female faculty, 33% faculty of color, 61% with terminal degree)
• Student-faculty ratio: 9:1

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: Mills offers a variety of majors and minors, plus pre-professional programs in Pre-nursing and Medicine/Health Science. A variety of unique accelerated degree programs enable students to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree with just one extra year of study. Students can also enroll in courses at 13 neighboring institutions, including UC Berkeley, through our cross-registration program. 

Geographic diversity: Students come to Mills from nine countries, and 42 US states are represented on our 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: (2017–2018)*
Undergraduate Tuition $44,765
Single Room/Board on Campus $13,124

* Beginning in fall 2018, Mills is reducing tuition by 36% to $28,765 per year, so you can have access to a top-ranked education.

Financial aid: International students are eligible for merit scholarships from Mills based on their academic accomplishments. To be considered for merit scholarships, you must submit the required application documents by our Regular Decision deadlines. These scholarships can total up to $10,000 and can be renewed annually. 

Test score requirements: Providing your SAT and ACT score reports is optional when applying to Mills. Our English-language proficiency requirement may be waived for international students who earn a score of 600 or above on the Critical Reading portion of the SAT. Visit to learn about additional methods of satisfying the English-language proficiency requirement.

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