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Mills Alumnae Value the ROI of a Mills Degree

Oakland, CA–May 15, 2013 Mills College graduates value their degrees at a remarkably high rate, according to a new “Grateful Graduates Index” published by The research analyzed 10 years of private gifts to private, not-for-profit colleges and universities offering four-year degrees.

In an online gallery of the Top 50 Return-on-Investment Private Colleges, Mills ranked 20th.

The premise of the study was that “private donations are typically an indicator of two things: how successful an alumnus is and how grateful he or she feels toward his or her alma mater.” The “Grateful Graduates” study measured the median amount of annual private gifts to a four-year college over time, divided by the number of full-time students at the college. The 10-year median donation per Mills student was $16,922.

Further validating the importance Mills College places on a strong liberal arts foundation, the study, according to its author, Matt Schifrin, is “chock full of small liberal arts colleges” and offers proof that “getting a good liberal arts education” is a worthwhile investment.


Last Updated: 6/4/13