Office of Admission
For more than 150 years, Mills College has enjoyed a reputation as a vibrant center of academic excellence. Historically a college for women only, Mills continues that proud tradition today at the undergraduate level. To provide enhanced professional opportunities for all students, Mills also offers renowned graduate programs that are open to both women and men. Consistently ranked one of the top seventy-five liberal arts colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Mills College is also recognized as one of the fifteen most diverse colleges in the country, as 35 percent of the student body are women who are members of minority groups.
Inspired by a teaching philosophy that grows out of a longstanding dedication to women’s education, Mills provides a collaborative, interactive learning environment that encourages intellectual exploration and self-discovery. The faculty of nationally and internationally respected scholars and artists is dedicated to developing the strengths of every student, preparing them for lifelong intellectual, personal, and professional growth. With an impressive student-teacher ratio of 10:1, Mills women are assured of access to and support from these inspiring and committed professors. The hallmark of a Mills education is the collaboration among dedicated students and distinguished faculty members that goes beyond the classroom and into meaningful work and innovative research.
Location and Community
The innovative general education program is guided by a set of learning outcomes, not a generic list of required courses. Each student designs her own program under the guidance of her faculty adviser, ensuring that a Mills education is tailored to the student’s specific needs and interests. The program places the work a student does in her major in a larger context and ensures that she explores and appreciates realms of knowledge beyond her field. The general education requirements fall into three outcome categories: skills (written communication, quantitative and computational reasoning, and information literacy/information technology skills); perspectives (interdisciplinary, women and gender, and multicultural); and disciplines (creation and criticism in the arts, historical perspectives, natural sciences, and human institutions and behavior).
More than 50 percent of the Mills faculty members are women, enabling students to work with professional women mentors in every academic area. Faculty members are selected for their teaching ability and scholarly achievement; 90 percent of full-time faculty members hold the highest degrees in their fields. Twenty-two percent of the full-time faculty members and 30 percent of the part-time faculty are members of minority groups.
The Career Center offers a four-year counseling program to assist students in clarifying their career and life goals. Workshops, individual counseling sessions, an extensive internship program, a strong “old girl” alumnae network, and special opportunities to meet Bay Area business leaders and top professional women in every field all help students to focus their interests and plan career goals.
Mills has exchange or visiting programs with fifteen American colleges and universities: Agnes Scott, Barnard, Manhattanville, Mount Holyoke, Simmons, Spelman, Swarthmore, Wellesley, and Wheaton Colleges and Howard University. American University's Washington Semester program is available for qualified students.
Students with a spirit of adventure and a 3.0 GPA may participate in one or even two study-abroad programs in almost any country in the world or on an exchange program in Hong Kong, Japan, or Korea.
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors may cross-register for one course per semester at the University of California at Berkeley, California College of the Arts, the Graduate Theological Union, Holy Names College, and St. Mary's College of California, or they can pursue a subject as an independent study project under the supervision of a Mills professor who guides their work.
Mills offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in American studies; anthropology and sociology; art (history and studio); biochemistry and molecular biology; biology; biopsychology; business economics; chemistry; child development; comparative literature; computer science; dance; economics; English; environmental science; environmental studies; ethnic studies; French studies; government; history; intermedia arts; international relations; Latin American studies; mathematics; music; philosophy; political, legal, and economic analysis; psychology; public policy; sociology; Spanish and Spanish-American studies; and women's studies. The major in child development meets the requirements for a state child development permit for teaching in preschool and day-care centers and provides a strong basis for graduate school and for many other careers.
Students can choose to create their own major, working with two faculty advisers to plan an individual program that draws courses from across the curriculum and creates an integrated and unique educational experience.
Mills also provides the first two years of courses leading to a nursing degree from Samuel Merritt College. Special prelaw and premedicine advising is available.
Mills offers four dual-degree programs that enable undergraduates with clear career goals in certain fields to streamline their college and graduate school programs. These include the five-year B.A./M.A. Interdisciplinary Computer Science Program, the 4+1 B.A./M.B.A. Business Administration Program, the 3+2 B.A./B.S. Engineering Program, and the Integrated B.A./M.A. Program in Mathematics.
Facilities and Resources
An important goal of an education at Mills is to develop leadership skills, and participating in student government can be instrumental in furthering this goal. The Associated Students of Mills College (ASMC) is run by an Executive Board of fifteen elected or appointed positions. Under the governance of a student-drafted Constitution, the board supports up to forty student organizations, student publications, campuswide events, and various student initiatives. From academic issues to social events to honor code concerns, the Associated Students of Mills College is the voice of the student body to the College administration.
Sports / Varsity Athletics
Mills is a member of the California Pacific Conference, National Collegiate Athletic Association (Division III), and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Mills Cyclones compete in six sports: cross country, rowing, soccer, swimming, tennis, and volleyball.
Financial Aid / Scholarships
Eighty-five percent of Mills students received some portion of their aid directly from Mills. Awards are based on need and academic merit. Scholarship grants range from $200 per year to full tuition. Mills makes a special effort to provide financial aid to all students who demonstrate need. Financial aid applicants are expected to apply for assistance from appropriate outside sources, such as the National Merit Scholarship, Federal Pell Grant, and California State Grant programs. More than 40 percent of Mills students have some of their determined need offset by such outside awards. Loans may be obtained by most students, and 45 percent of undergraduates are offered campus work opportunities.
All first-year students and transfer candidates who are California residents must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for all types of government aid, and they must also file the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form. Students who seek Mills scholarship funds must also file the Mills Financial Aid Form. Priority is given to applicants who meet the published deadlines.
Admission Requirements / Application