Retention & Graduation Rates

To ensure student success, we closely monitor the progress of undergraduate students from the time they enter Mills to encourage them to persist through graduation. Our signature academic experience, MPOWER, provides a dedicated academic support system customized for each student as well as community-engaged learning and career-focused programming to encourage progress at all points in their academic journey.

Mills retention and graduation rates remain above the national average, and we have smaller equity gaps than many comparable institutions. Mills continues to implement new student success strategies to support our students and guide them toward the timely completion of their degrees.

Retention figures below measure the number of students who start in the fall semester and return in the following fall. Graduation rates report the percent of first-year students from each year who graduate in four, five, or six years as is the standard measure for colleges and universities.

For more detailed information about first-year, transfer, and nursing cohorts as well retention and graduation rates by race/ethnicity and financial aid, please visit our institutional data page.