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Mills Named One of the Best 379 Colleges in the Nation by The Princeton Review

Oakland, CA–August 06, 2014 For the 10th consecutive year, Mills College has been selected as one of the top colleges in the country by The Princeton Review. Mills was also recognized as one of the best colleges in the West, ranking among the top 123 regional colleges in The Princeton Review’s 2015 edition of The Best 379 Colleges.

The guide further 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. In the “interesting professors category,” Mills was rated 94 with students saying faculty are “insightful and promote lively discussions in class” while remaining highly accessible.

The Best 379 Colleges is based almost entirely on surveys of 130,000 students attending schools across the country. The 80-question survey asks students to rank their schools and report on their campus experiences. Topics range from assessments of their professors to opinions about their school's library, career services, and the student body's political leanings. In these categories Mills ranked 11th in best health services and 13th in the “lots of race/class interaction category,” with students noting that Mills has “diverse student types on campus and active minority support groups.” Mills students also describe themselves as politically liberal, putting Mills 15th among schools with the most liberal students.

The surveys revealed that at Mills “students are happy and friendly, dorms are like palaces, and classroom and lab facilities are great.” Students surveyed noted a strong connection between campus life and rigorous academics that provides an “empowering, creative, and always intellectually stimulating” environment. According to one student, “Mills exceeds expectations in creating an intimate and welcoming environment as well as in promoting student activism.”

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

"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 over 160 years.”

In earning this recognition from The Best 379 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 1,000 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: 8/5/14