Mills College Named One of the 386 Best Colleges in the Nation by The Princeton Review

Oakland, CA—August 18, 2020

Students gather around a table with their professor, deeply engaged in conversations, books open in front of them.For the 16th consecutive year, Mills College is ranked among the top colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. In its annual college guide, The Best 386 Colleges, The Princeton Review ranks schools based on administrative data and input from student surveys; only 13 percent of the United States’ roughly 2,800 four-year colleges are featured.

"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 386 Colleges.

In addition to receiving top marks nationally, Mills is ranked among the best colleges in the West (a regional list of 129 schools) and recognized as one of the top green schools. Across the guide’s 62 ranked lists, Mills is also highly ranked among colleges boasting the Most Liberal Students (Mills ranks at #13) and most LGBTQ-Friendly schools (where Mills ranks at #14).

As profiled in The Best 386 Schools, Mills College is noted for its diverse and engaged campus community. In addition to the sizable and active LGBTQ+ community on campus, The Princeton Review reports that 63 percent of undergraduates at Mills identify as students of color. Many are among the first in their families to attend college (43 percent of incoming undergraduates are first-generation college students) and many students begin or resume their undergraduate studies at Mills as resuming students (usually over 23 years old).

“Social justice is very important to the student body,” reported one Mills student surveyed by The Princeton Review, a view echoed by another respondent who noted that their experience at Mills “caused me to be a better advocate for causes that I feel passionate about.”

“Passionate” is also how students described their Mills professors, who serve as close mentors and actively connect students to fellowships, internships, and research and job opportunities. With a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students have the advantage of cultivating supportive one-on-one relationships with their professors who, according to one student, “know what they’re doing, and they do it very right.”

The importance of community and faculty mentorship combined with the small size of the student body (about 700 undergraduates) fosters a strong residential community on campus, according to The Best 386 Colleges. While at Mills, residential students are embedded in the “diverse, culturally rich” city of Oakland, with San Francisco accessible a short distance away across the San Francisco Bay. Between the location, community, and pastoral campus in the Oakland foothills, it can be easy, as one student notes, for visitors to the College “to fall in love with the campus and the overall Mills vibe.”

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. Mills is ranked one of the top-tier regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report. 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.