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Mills Named One of the Best 378 Colleges in the Nation by The Princeton Review


Oakland, CA–August 07, 2013 For the ninth consecutive year, Mills College has been selected as one of the top colleges in the country according to the 2014 edition of The Princeton Review’s Best 378 Colleges. Mills was also recognized as one of the best colleges in the West, ranking among the top 125 regional colleges The Princeton Review recommends to students pursuing an undergraduate degree.

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

The Best 378 Colleges characterizes Mills as a small women’s institution with a rigorous academic program that focuses on “empowering its students and creating an environment that encourages hard work and social and political awareness.”

In The Princeton Review’s description of Mills, students surveyed noted a strong connection between campus life and academics that provides an “empowering, creative, and always intellectually stimulating” environment. They also expressed high praise for the faculty, saying professors at Mills are “insightful and promote lively discussions in class” while remaining highly accessible.

Other pluses include “the beauty of the campus” and close proximity to San Francisco and Berkeley.

Additionally, the annual college guide describes Mills as a diverse and welcoming campus. A student body with a wide range of backgrounds means that “in order to fit in, all you have to do is be yourself.” It is a place where every person has “their own cause, their own independent ideas.”

"We are proud that students once again affirmed our reputation as one of the finest institutions of higher learning in the country,” said Mills College Provost and Dean of the Faculty Kimberley Phillips. “It is a testament to our high-caliber academics and the unique educational experience Mills has provided undergraduate women for 161 years.”

The Best 378 Colleges is based almost entirely on surveys of 126,000 students attending schools across the country. Students were asked more than 80 questions about their schools’ academics, administration, campus life, and student body.

In earning this recognition from the Best 378 Colleges, Mills is included in the top 15 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year 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 approximately 950 undergraduate women and 600 graduate women and men. 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: 8/7/13