San Francisco Bay Area
With its abundant natural beauty and temperate weather, the Bay Area offers endless opportunities for cultural exploration (the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the California Academy of Sciences, the Tech Museum of Innovation), recreation (Golden Gate Park, Point Reyes National Seashore, Napa Valley), nightlife (ethnic restaurants, dance clubs, and performing arts), and career growth (Oakland City Center, San Francisco's financial district, Silicon Valley).
Mills is located in the East Bay, in Oakland—a city that enjoys a remarkable racial and ethnic diversity, making it a lively place to learn about and experience other cultures. The New York Times ranks Oakland #5 on its list of "The 45 Places to Go in 2012," citing the city's top notch restaurants and music venues, and compiled suggestions of the exciting things you can do in just 36 hours in Oakland.
Oakland itself is a city of neighborhoods, and you'll find shops, yoga studios, restaurants, theaters, and cafés sprinkled throughout downtown, Rockridge, Montclair Village, Piedmont Avenue, and Temescal and food ranging from Cambodian, Mexican, Italian, and Chinese to BBQ, pizza, donuts, and burgers.
Nearby is the University of California at Berkeley where, as a Mills student, you can cross-register for classes, expand your network of friends, and attend some great events and parties!