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Mills College Featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges
for Eighth Consecutive Year

Oakland, CA–July 10, 2013 For the eighth consecutive year, Mills College is featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Highly regarded as an unbiased source of information, the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014 features only 334 of the country’s best and most interesting colleges and universities from more than 2,200 four-year schools nationwide.

Authored by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the Fiske Guide recognizes Mills as an institution where “dedication to equality is obvious: Mills was the first women’s college in the West to award bachelor’s degrees and also the first to offer a computer science major.” The guide further notes that “the combination of student diversity and educational opportunity helps guarantee that no one will graduate without having her horizons well expanded.”

The Fiske Guide characterizes the curriculum at Mills as designed for students “who are technologically savvy, artistically sensitive, adept in scientific and historical thinking,” and “able to think across disciplines.” In addition, students report that they value the “highly regarded, friendly, and accessible” professors who are “extremely dedicated to being good teachers and mentors.”

The guide describes Mills as a place where women “learn many life lessons and receive more than just a liberal arts education.” Noting the historic, park-like setting of Mills, the guide points out that students are encouraged to explore the entire San Francisco Bay Area beyond the Oakland campus.

The Fiske Guide annual reviews are based on questionnaire responses from college administrators and current students. Students were asked about all aspects of college life, including academics, social and extracurricular activities, housing, dining, financial aid, and campus setting.

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 approximately 950 undergraduate women and 600 graduate women and men. The College ranks as one of the Best 377 Colleges in the country and one of the greenest colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. U.S. News & World Report ranked Mills one of the top-tier regional universities in the country and lists it among the top colleges and universities in the West in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. For more information, visit


Last Updated: 7/10/13