1852: The Young Ladies’ Seminary, the predecessor to Mills College, opens in Benicia, California.
1871: Cyrus and Susan Mills purchase and move the Seminary to the Oakland foothills.
1885: Mills is chartered as the first women's college west of the Rockies.
1920: Mills opens a Graduate Division, offering programs to both women and men.
1926: The Mills College Children's School opens as the first laboratory school for aspiring teachers west of the Mississippi.
1941: Mills becomes one of the first liberal arts colleges to grant a degree in modern dance.
1969: Mills becomes the first independent college to offer an ethnic studies program.
1974: Mills becomes the first women's college to offer a computer science major.
1990: Trustees reaffirm commitment to educating women following a campus-wide strike.
2012: Mills becomes a majority-minority college with 50%+ undergraduate students of color.
2014: Mills launches the first transgender admission policy in the country at a women’s college.
2016: Mills becomes test optional, removing a barrier to college access.
2017: Mills establishes a formal collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley. Mills achieves status as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).
2018: Mills reduces undergraduate tuition by 36% to provide access and opportunity to a diverse population of students.
2019: Mills Performing Arts launches to showcase to foster deeper ties with the Bay Area community and champion a dynamic, boundary-breaking performing arts scene.
2020: Mills Board of Trustees ratifies its commitment to making Mills an antiracist institution, and Mills debuts a public art initiative in honor of the Black Lives Matter Movement.