Why Mills

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Visiting Mills
Visiting Mills

The best way to get to know the Mills English graduate programs is by visiting our campus in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area.

From the moment you step foot on the Mills campus, you’ll find yourself welcomed by century-old trees that line Richards Road. Between the Mediterranean-style buildings and the California sun, you may find yourself falling in love with Mills, as so many of our students do. We welcome you to tour the campus, visit a class, or make an appointment to learn more. Our Contemporary Writers Series on Tuesday evenings is always free and open to the public and is a great way to see our vibrant literary community in action.

Class Visits

Sitting in on a few graduate classes is one of the best ways to experience our MFA degrees in creative writing, MFA degree in book art and creative writing, and MA in literature programs. Class visits provide the opportunity to meet faculty, chat with current students, and get a feel for the content, curriculum, and expectations of our excellent graduate English programs.

The English Department offers class visits September through November in the fall semester, and February through April in the spring semester.

If you are interested in visiting classes, review the list of courses for the current semester. Please note not every class is open to visitors and the request must be approved by professors and students.  As a result, class visit requests must be made two weeks in advance through this form

Which Classes Should I Visit?

If you are interested in the MFA in creative writing, we encourage you to visit a workshop in the genre you are interested in (poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction) and an additional craft or literature class. If you are interested in the MFA in book art and creative writing, we suggest sitting in on a creative writing workshop and a book art studio or seminar class. If you are interested in the MA in literature, we suggest you visit at least two literature classes and/or a class on pedagogy/teaching.

Book Art Studio Tours

The book art studios are an incredible asset of the MFA in Book Art and Creative Writing Program. Book art studio tours are offered while classes are in session (September through November in the fall semester, and February through April in the spring semester), and on an as-available basis over the summer.

Please email grad_eng@mills.edu to arrange a book art studio tour, and contact us at least two weeks before you intend to visit so we can arrange for a studio assistant to lead you on your tour.

Set Up an Admissions Consultation

If you have any questions about our graduate English programs, financial aid, graduate assistantships, or the application process, we are happy to chat with you by email, on the phone, or in-person. To set up an on-campus consultation, please use this form. To set up a phone call or skype consultation, please contact Graduate Admissions at grad-admission@mills.edu or phone at 510.430.3309.

Campus Tours

Walking tours of the campus are offered by the Office of Graduate Admissions Monday through Friday at 10:00 am. An additional 1:00 pm tour is offered on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. We encourage interested students to combine a campus tour with other visit opportunities, such as admissions consultations and class visits, as detailed below. To sign up for a campus tour, please use this form. For a sneak peek of our beautiful campus, check out our photo gallery.

Last Updated: 10/27/15