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Mills Merger Provides New Higher Education Model

By President Elizabeth L. Hillman, Published 9.30.21

Mills College, a force in women’s education and leadership for nearly 170 years, is stepping onto a larger stage. Through a historic merger, our beloved East Oakland college is bringing its magic to Northeastern University’s global network of campuses. The demographic and economic forces that brought our two institutions together demand that colleges and universities increasingly consider bold partnerships.

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September 20, 2021
A Message from Katie Sanborn, Chair, Board of Trustees

Dear Mills Community Members,

I write to you today as a Mills alumna first and Chair of the Board of Trustees second. Last week, the board made the historic decision to merge with Northeastern University. While many of you supported this decision, I know that it can be unsettling to think of changes to our beloved Mills. As we look forward to Convocation and Reunion this week, I want to share some thoughts to prepare to come together as one community . . .

September 14, 2021
A Message from Mills President Elizabeth L. Hillman

Dear Mills Community Members,

Today, 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. The merger is expected to take effect on or about July 1, 2022, subject to regulatory and other approvals. When completed, Mills will become Mills College at Northeastern University, and our campus will be gender inclusive . . .

Lisser Hall Arch with Strong, Proud, All Mills Banner

Community Support

Faculty, staff, students, and alumnae have shared their support for the merger and a positive future for Mills.

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Prior News Updates

For Archived Information

As the Mills transition has evolved since March 2021, we have archived the original Frequently Asked Questions page about the transition plans. We hope to provide new FAQs as more details about the merger with Northeastern University are developed.

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