Mills & Northeastern Merger

Mills College and Northeastern University are merging to create a bicoastal university powered by Northeastern’s global experiential learning and research and strengthened by Mills’ legacy in women's leadership, equity, and social justice.

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Vision & Values

Mills and Northeastern are combining to create a distinctive, bicoastal university that empowers students, faculty, staff, and society at large.

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Student Opportunities

The goal of the merger is to provide new opportunities for current and future students. Building on the strengths of both institutions, Mills College will continue to offer a transformative education in the heart of Oakland, California, within the global network of Northeastern University.

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Facts About the Merger

Learn about the key facts guiding the merger between Mills and Northeastern.

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Transition Process

Mills and Northeastern have developed a collaborative process for bringing together our communities as we work through strategic and operational details involved in the transition leading up to our merger in July 2022.

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Mills Institute

In addition to undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered by Mills College at Northeastern University, we are designing a Mills Institute to support the curriculum and further the legacy and mission of Mills. Programming and community engagement will focus on women’s leadership, gender and racial justice, and student success.

Mills & Northeastern Collaborations

Dialogue of Civilizations
Mills students can experience the world through the Dialogue of Civilizations program. 

Mills students have been invited to attend one of the most popular global learning experiences offered by Northeastern—Dialogue of Civilizations. This multi-week summer program provides an opportunity for a small cohort of students led by faculty to enjoy a short-term international experience for credit. Financial assistance is available to help students participate. Learn more about the broad range of eclectic topics on the Dialogue of Civilizations web page. >>

CHRISTIE CHUNG, Associate Provost, Mills Psychology Professor
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Mills Dean Comments on the Challenges Facing Black Parents

With the release of the much-praised movie about the rise of tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams, Dean of the Mills College School of Education weighs in on the tale of parental striving the film showcases. Dean Williams (not related to the family) says "she hopes the film will generate more conversation around what Black parents in America face as they work to support their children in majority white spaces and pursuits, and against the legacies that have denied them equal participation." Read the News@Northeastern story.

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Introducing the Mills Legacy Scholarship Fund

Mills is pleased to announce the creation of an endowed Mills Legacy Scholarship Fund to help preserve the College’s legacy as an institution that champions the education of women and gender nonbinary students. This scholarship will empower undergraduate students to pursue their education at Mills College at Northeastern. Give a gift to the fund.

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Treating Childhood Mental Illness May be Key to Health Later in Life, Says Mills Professor

Mills Psychology Professor Elizabeth Bachen discusses the recently declared national emergency of worsening child and adolescent mental health that is “inextricably tied to the stress brought on by COVID-19 and the ongoing struggle for racial justice.” Professor Bachen explains why early prevention and physical health are critical factors in preventing and treating mental illness. Read the News@Northeastern story.

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Mills Professor Discusses Why It Is—And It Isn't—a Big Deal That Superman is Bisexual

Illustrator and Mills English Professor Ajuan Mance explores DC Comics' announcement that the new Superman is bisexual, including how comic books and graphic novels provide greater opportunities for positive LGBTQ+ representation and how changing fandom demographics are driving new characters and storylines. Read the News@Northeastern story.

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Leading Social Change Program for Northeastern Students to Debut at Mills

Set to launch in the spring 2022 semester, the Leading Social Change Program has been designed by Mills faculty for a small cohort of Northeastern University students who will live on the Mills campus. Students will take an interdisciplinary, project-based core course with Northeastern peers and choose other relevant Mills courses from across disciplines. Learn about the Leading Social Change Program.

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Mills Student Takes Over Northeastern's Instagram

As Northeastern students consider applying for the new Leading Social Change Program at Mills in spring 2022, senior Alexandra Moreno took over Northeastern's Instagram to share a day in the life of a Mills student. Moreno shared glimpses of favorite spots on campus and things to do off campus while fielding questions. View her Instagram Stories takeover (must be logged into Instagram)..

News Updates

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A Message from Mills President
Elizabeth L. Hillman
Oakland, CA—9.14.21

The Mills College Board of Trustees approved the merger of Mills College with Northeastern University, ensuring that the educational mission of Mills and its commitment to social justice, gender equity, and cultivating women’s leadership will live on. Read the full message.

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A Message from Chair of the Board of Trustees
Katie Sanborn '83
Oakland, CA—9.20.21

As Mills College at Northeastern University, we will be able to sustain Mills’ mission, preserve its legacy, more robustly serve our own people—students, faculty, staff, and alumnae—as well as remain a good neighbor and critical anchor in our local community and the East Bay. Read the full message.