Oakland, CA—July 23, 2020
For the 15th consecutive year, Mills College has been featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Combining insights from College administrators with students’ own firsthand experiences, the Fiske Guide is a long-standing and trusted source of guidance for prospective college students. Each year this bestselling index of the country’s top colleges curates a select set of around 320 schools to profile in their annual guide, offering details about academics, campus life, and the overall spirit of the college community.
“At Mills College, students receive more than just a liberal arts education,” says the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2021. “They are expected to dive into hands-on academic experiences, serve their community, and graduate with a deeper understanding of diversity and social issues.”
The Fiske Guide notes the location of the College’s “parklike campus” in the San Francisco Bay Area as a region “rich with opportunity”—which the College encourages students to take advantage of through its hands-on, community-engaged curriculum that begins as soon as students set foot on campus. Starting in 2018, incoming students began taking part in MPOWER, which as Fiske notes, is a program that connects incoming students with a faculty advisor and opportunities to engage in community-based learning.
This orientation toward applying practical skill sets and critical thinking to address community needs and build a more equitable society in concrete ways undergirds the Mills curriculum across all programs. This emphasis on social justice is part of the College’s DNA. Since Mills' inception, the College has been a pioneer in the realm of gender justice, and—as noted by Fiske—was the first women’s college in the US to implement an admission policy for transgender applicants. Gender equality was just one social issue that a junior interviewed by Fiske noted as being particularly important to students on campus—others included racial justice, myriad environmental initiatives, and pushing back against gentrification. As another student quoted by Fiske notes, “Mills is a magnet for students passionate about social justice” and provides “an environment where differences are celebrated.”
A campus culture that centers diversity, community, and connection is a hallmark of the Mills experience, as reflected in the Fiske profile, which points to an ethnically diverse student body, accessible professors, and robust representation of LGBTQ+ students as key distinguishing attributes of the College. With small class sizes and engaged faculty, students are encouraged to collaborate closely with peers and professors in the course of their education, building bridges across a cohort of peers from all walks of life and learning to evaluate ideas from a range of perspectives.
As Fiske summarizes, “With an educational program that emphasizes skills critical for understanding today’s society and succeeding in the real world, Mills students are sure to graduate as independent thinkers capable of making it on their own.”
About Mills College
Located in Oakland, California, Mills 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, Mills is also recognized as one of the Best 385 Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, Mills has a strong record of academic success with first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ+ students, and other underrepresented students. The Mills experience is distinguished by small, interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative experimentation, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning opportunities which empower students to make a statement in their careers and communities.