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U.S. News & World Report  Ranks Mills Again Among Best Colleges in the West

College is also Considered a Great School at a Great Price

Oakland, CA–September 13, 2011 Mills College has been named as one of the top-tier regional universities in the country for the fourth consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report.

In the 2012 Best Colleges guide, Mills is ranked fifth among colleges and universities in the West that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs. The annual U.S. News & World Report guide compares approximately 1,600 accredited four-year schools nationwide.

Mills College is also ranked among colleges and universities in the West in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. In this ranking, Mills is recognized for its high academic quality relative to the net cost of attendance for students receiving financial aid. In 2010–11, 80% of Mills students received need-based aid.

"It is gratifying to be recognized again as one of the top institutions in the West. We are proud to be ranked as an institution that provides a quality academic experience and also a good economic value for our students and their families,” said Mills College Provost Sandra C. Greer.

In the 2012 edition of Best Colleges, Mills received an overall college rating of 80. It was reported that the average first-year student retention rate at Mills increased to 77% (up from 74% the year before). Among the Western schools, it was noted that Mills had a high percentage of classes with less than 20 students (73% of classes in 2010 had fewer than 20 students).

Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, graduation rates, and high school counselor ratings of colleges.

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. The College ranks as one of the Best 376 Colleges in the country and one of the greenest colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. For more information, visit

Last Updated: 9/13/11