Mills College Featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 13th Consecutive Year

Oakland, CA—July 10, 2018

For the 13th consecutive year, Mills College is featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Highly regarded as an unbiased source of information on colleges, the 2019 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 that, “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.” Requirements of its new Core Curriculum fall into three main categories: Foundational Skills, (critical analysis, information literacy, written and oral communication, and quantitative literacy), Modes of Inquiry (race, gender, and power; scientific inquiry; foreign language; and international perspectives), and Contributions to Knowledge and Society (community engagement and creativity, innovation, and experimentation).

Described as “an environment where differences are celebrated,” The guide points 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 36 percent of students are the first in their families to attend college. Mills also has an active LGBTQ community, and 47 percent of first-year undergraduates are eligible for Pell grants. “Mills is a magnet for students passionate about social justice and the world around them,” says one music major.

The guide notes that students are also encouraged to explore the entire San Francisco Bay Area beyond the historic, park-like Oakland campus for culture and urban adventures. 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