Ten Secrets to Choosing the Right College

Choosing the right college can be one of the most important decisions a student can make. How can you help someone make the best choice?

Here's our best advice:

  1. Find a school where intellectual exploration is valued. At Mills, our entire community—faculty, staff, and students—supports intellectual development.

  2. Size matters. At Mills our student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1. Mills students can speak, be heard, and interact with others in ways that aren't possible at larger schools.

  3. Students learn as much from each other as from the faculty. Smart, diverse women share their experiences, interests, and dreams at Mills, which makes for a stimulating and creative environment.

  4. Look beyond majors when choosing a college. Our curriculum exposes students to a wide variety of ideas and disciplines and encourages critical thinking.

  5. A college should stimulate new ideas. What happens outside the classroom is as important as what happens in class. Mills students take their passions and interests seriously by starting clubs, campaigning for social justice, and volunteering in the community.

  6. Faculty should be more than great teachers. Mills faculty serve as mentors as well as teachers, collaborating with students in and out of the classroom.

  7. A college should be challenging and supportive. Mills offers an environment of academic excellence and rigor, but also provides support and assistance so students can achieve their personal best.

  8. The right college offers practical preparation—internships, career services, and the opportunity to get an advanced degree. Mills offers these plus access to the San Francisco Bay Area, with its wealth of professional possibilities.

  9. Consider outcomes. Mills graduates—more than 20,000 worldwide—have established successful careers in media, science, medicine, academia, education, politics, public service, and business.

  10. Visit. The only way to know if a campus feels right is to visit. From the moment students experience our lush, park-like campus, most feel right at home.



Mills is an affordable luxury.

  • In fall 2014, over 80% of all undergraduate students received financial aid.
  • 92% received some portion of their aid directly from Mills.
  • The average student award was $39,482.
  • The total amount of aid awarded to students: $34.5 million of which Mills funded $18.4 million.

Last Updated: 12/8/14