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Mills Named One of the Best 384 Colleges in the Nation by The Princeton Review

Oakland, CA—August 7, 2018

For the 14th 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 129 western regional colleges in The Princeton Review’s 2019 edition of The Best 384 Colleges.

Mills received an 87 rating for academics, noting that it delivers a top quality liberal arts education at a great price and that the school recently reduced its tuition for new and continuing undergraduate students by 36 percent.

In the interesting professors category, Mills was rated 95, with students describing their professors as passionate about their material. One student noted that faculty “always have research opportunities that are open for students to join in and help with,” and constantly encourage students “to step out of their comfort zone in older to critically think and problem solve.”

Mills ranked 9th in the most liberal students category, with one student noting that, “social justice is very important to the student body,” and that students are “unafraid to share their opinions and are active in their community.” Most are, “liberal/progressive” and “never take anything at face value,” instead taking “every aspect of things into close consideration.”

Mills students enjoy their proximity to the arts and cultural scene in Oakland, “a diverse and culturally rich city,” where there are many street fairs and farmers markets around, “which are fun to go to.” San Francisco is also just 20 minutes across the bay, and “it is very easy for students to access the many things the city has to offer.”

Mills rated 82 in the financial aid category and is committed to educating a diverse student body (over half of undergraduates are students of color). The College also has a large percentage of resumer students (23 years and older) as well as a thriving community of LGBTQ students. In fact, based on how strongly students agree that their fellow students treat all persons equally, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity/expression, Mills ranked 20th in the LGBTQ-Friendly 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, Mills received a quality of life rating of 88.

Mills has consistently been included in The Princeton Review’s list of green colleges and scored 87 out of a possible 99 for environmental policies and practices.

The Best 384 Colleges is based on surveys of 138,000 students attending schools across the country. The 84-question survey asks students to rate their schools on dozens of topics and report on their campus experiences. Topics include academics/administration, life on campus, student body, and themselves.

"Mills is committed to creating an inclusive, diverse community where students can pursue their academic passions,” 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 self-identified women 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 382 Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. Since 1852, we’ve been empowering students to become creative, independent thinkers who take and inspire action. For more information, visit