Facts About the Merger

9.23.21

  • Like many institutions of higher education, Mills College and Northeastern University have agreed to merge to provide expanded opportunities for students.
    Mills will benefit from an influx of resources that will enable the College to continue to excel in serving women, first-generation, and BIPOC students, while Northeastern will gain a bicoastal presence to strengthen its global campus network.
  • As a result of this merger, Mills College will continue its educational mission and grant degrees as Mills College at Northeastern University beginning on or about July 1, 2022.
    Students who complete their studies before June 30, 2022, will graduate with a degree from Mills College. Students who complete their studies after June 30, 2022, will graduate with a degree from Mills College at Northeastern University.
  • Mills and Northeastern will provide transition counseling and financial support to help each student evaluate options for continuing, and funding, their degree work.
    This support will enable currently enrolled students to complete their degrees without increases in anticipated costs. Students who are interested in transferring to another institution can take advantage of special transfer partnerships that Mills has developed with a variety of private colleges.
  • While Mills will become gender inclusive at the undergraduate level in 2022, Mills and Northeastern will develop a Mills Institute to carry on Mills’ legacy.
    Mills and Northeastern University will collaborate on the development of an Institute that will be designed to advance women’s leadership and empower BIPOC and first-generation students. Northeastern has committed seed money to launch and fund the Institute.
  • Both undergraduate and graduate degree programs will be offered by Mills College at Northeastern University, building on Mills’ strength as an undergraduate liberal arts college.
    Mills and Northeastern faculty will collaborate to determine the programs and the curriculum and seek ways to innovate to serve future students.
  • Northeastern will honor the terms of tenure of Mills faculty who hold a tenured position or a continuous contract and will also offer tenure-track faculty and adjunct faculty opportunities for employment.
    It is anticipated that enrollment growth on the Mills campus will require additional faculty.
  • Mills College employees as of June 30, 2022, (the date the merger is expected to be completed), will become employees of Northeastern University.
    It is anticipated that enrollment growth on the Mills campus will require additional employees.
  • The Mills and Northeastern communities will engage in transition planning and implementation for the merger.
    Organization-wide teams will identify operational integration opportunities and solutions. Any issues that might impact the merger agreement will be reviewed by the leadership of both institutions and by the Mills College Board of Trustees.
  • Mills College at Northeastern University will remain a vibrant contributor to the City of Oakland and the greater Bay Area.
    Mills and Northeastern are already connecting with the city, local nonprofit organizations, and educational pathway programs to begin planning for the future.
  • The Mills College name will exist for generations to come.
    The Mills campus will remain dedicated to education and will retain its named buildings for decades.