Oakland, CA—August 8, 2017
For the 12th consecutive year, Mills College is featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Highly regarded as an unbiased source of information on colleges, the 2018 guide is a selective, subjective, and systematic look at 300+ colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.
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 to offer a computer science major, the only women’s college to reverse a decision to go co-ed, and the first single-sex college to implement an admissions policy for transgender applicants.” The guide further notes, “students receive more than just a liberal arts education. They are expected to graduate with a deeper understanding of social issues and a broad knowledge base to help ensure they will be technologically savvy and artistically aware of the world around them.”
The Fiske Guide characterizes the curriculum at Mills as designed “to emphasize skills critical
for understanding today’s society and succeeding in the real world.” The guide notes that “the professors are highly regarded, friendly, and accessible, and since 70 percent of them are women, there’s no shortage of strong female role models.” One student says, “My professors are some of the most intelligent and caring people that I have ever met, whom I have shared meals and laughs and philosophical chats with.”
The guide describes Mills as “an environment where differences are celebrated,” pointing to the large number of resumers (students 23 years of age and older) as well as the ethnic diversity of Mills and the fact that 30 percent of students are the first in their families to attend college. Mills also has an active LGBTQ community, and 41 percent of first-year undergraduates are eligible for Pell grants. “We are a very collaborative school, always thinking in interdisciplinary terms, and even when the work gets hard, we enjoy working with each other,” observes one student. “Mills does not create a cookie-cutter student,” says one senior. “Everyone has a voice, everyone has opportunity, and everyone is challenged to reach their own potential.”
The guide points out that students are also encouraged to explore the entire San Francisco Bay Area beyond the historic, park-like Oakland campus, and most students “stay busy volunteering in the local community.” Mills also has concurrent cross-registration agreements with UC Berkeley and many other Bay Area colleges.
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
Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a nationally renowned independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. Mills is ranked one of the top-tier regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report. Since 1852, we’ve been empowering students to become creative, independent thinkers who take and inspire action. For more information, visit www.mills.edu.