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

Oakland, CA–July 02, 2014 For the ninth consecutive year, Mills College is featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Highly regarded as an unbiased source of information on colleges, the 2015 guide features only 15 percent of the country’s best and most interesting colleges and universities out of 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 “with an educational program that emphasizes skills critical for understanding today’s society and succeeding in the real world, the college’s women are sure to graduate as independent thinkers capable of making it on their own.”

The Fiske Guide characterizes the curriculum at Mills as designed “to graduate students who are able to write clearly, think across disciplines, work productively with others, analyze, and reason clearly; who are technology savvy, artistically sensitive, adept in scientific and historical thinking; and who are aware of multiculturalism, the influence of social institutions, and the issues facing women in society.” In addition, the guide notes that “the professors are highly regarded, friendly, and accessible, and since most of them are women, there’s no shortage of strong female role models.”

One student quoted in the 2015 guide states, “Mills is the perfect place to get an unbeatable education that not only teaches you more about the world we live in, but also more about yourself. The women who graduate from Mills are strong, independent, and know what they want.” 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 1,000 undergraduate women and 600 graduate women and men. The College ranks as one of the Best 378 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: 7/2/14