Mills College Named One of the “Best 385 Colleges” in the Nation by The Princeton Review

Oakland, CA—August 7, 2019

Students at Mills

For the 15th consecutive year, Mills College has been selected as one of the top colleges in the country by The Princeton Review and featured in their 2020 college guide, The Best 385 Colleges.

Only about 13% of America’s 3,000 four-year colleges are profiled in the book, which is one of The Princeton Review’s most popular publications. The colleges chosen for the book are based on data it annually collects from administrators at hundreds of colleges about their institutions’ academic offerings and surveys of college students who rate and report on various aspects of their campus and community experiences.

Mills was rated 85 for academics and 94 in the interesting professors’ category with students describing their professors as passionate about their material as well as very accessible and creative. One student noted that faculty “always have research opportunities that are open for students to join in” and encourage students “to step out of their comfort zone in order to critically think and problem solve.” Another student shared that the faculty “help you on your journey to fellowships, internships, or even job opportunities. They actually care about you and call you by your first name.”

"We salute Mills College for its outstanding academics and we are truly pleased to recommend it to prospective applicants searching for their personal ‘best-fit’ college,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's Editor-in-Chief and lead author of The Best 385 Colleges.  

In the profile on Mills College, The Princeton Review not only praises the school for delivering top-quality education at a great price but also commends Mills for receiving a high score of 88 in the Quality of Life category based on an assessment of overall student happiness; the beauty, safety, and location of the campus; comfort of dorms, quality of food, and friendliness of fellow students. The Princeton Review calls Mills “a hidden gem." 

The survey says that Mills students are environmentally aware and the school has consistently been included in The Princeton Review’s list of green colleges. This year, Mills scored 90 out of a possible 99 for environmental policies and practices.

“Mills is committed to creating an inclusive, diverse community where students can pursue their academic passions, are empowered to step into leadership roles, and prepared to join the fast-paced workforce of the future,” said Mills College President Elizabeth L. Hillman. “We are proud that Mills is once again recognized for the quality of the education we provide for all our students.”

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 and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Ranked one of the top-tier regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report and received INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s 2019 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award for the Jill Barrett Biology Research Program. Since 1852, we’ve been empowering students to become creative, independent thinkers and leaders who take and inspire action. Take a virtual tour.

About The Princeton Review:

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