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Mills Named One of the 376 Best Colleges in the Nation by The Princeton Review

Princeton Review

Mills Recognized for Academic Excellence and Political Activism

Oakland, CA–August 03, 2011 Mills College has been selected as one of the top colleges in the country according to the 2012 edition of The Princeton Review’s Best 376 Colleges. Mills was also recognized as one of the best colleges in the West, becoming one of the top 121 regional colleges The Princeton Review recommends to students pursuing an undergraduate degree.

Mills is also distinguished as one of the greenest colleges in the nation based on the school’s performance as an environmentally aware and responsible institution, scoring a 98 out of a possible 99 for environmental policies and practices.

The Best 376 Colleges characterizes Mills as an institution that is “socially aware, progressive, academically serious, community-based, and diverse.”

“We are proud to be recognized for our outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for being selected as one of the best colleges in the nation,” said Mills College Provost Sandra Greer. “It is affirmation of the academic quality and unique educational experience we offer at Mills that has been shaping women’s lives for more than 150 years.”

In its profile, The Princeton Review points out that, “In complement to their academic programs, Mills is dedicated to social justice and environmental awareness, with these concerns incorporated into the classroom and curriculum.” Additionally, it acknowledges that the school’s extensive sustainability initiatives make Mills one of the most “green” campuses in the United States.

The Princeton Review also ranked Mills students 12th in the “most politically active” category. Reflecting the prevailing perspective in the San Francisco Bay Area, the profile describes the student body as very liberal, socially and politically. It also notes that “social awareness and political activism is practically a prerequisite among the student population, which principally consists of environmentally aware, intelligent women who enjoy learning and making a difference.”

This is the seventh consecutive year that Mills has been included in this national guidebook, a recognition given to only the top 15 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

The Princeton Review’s annual college guide has been based almost entirely on surveys of students attending the schools, including more than 122,000 students who were queried nationally. Students were asked 80 questions about their school’s academics, administration, campus life, and student body.

About Mills College
Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering a dynamic progressive education that fosters leadership, social responsibility, and creativity in over 950 undergraduate women and more than 600 graduate women and men. U.S. News & World Report ranked Mills one of the top-tier regional universities in the country and second among colleges and universities in the West in its “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. For more information, visit

Jeanne Herrera
Media Relations Director

Last Updated: 8/30/11