Oakland, CA—August 8, 2017
For the 13th 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 127 western regional colleges in The Princeton Review’s 2018 edition of The Best 382 Colleges.
The guide noted that Mills’ commitment to sustainability, small class sizes (the average is 16 students), and generous financial aid policies help to attract bright students looking for a "social justice-oriented curriculum." In fact, Mills ranked 4th in the most liberal colleges category, with one student noting that the campus is filled with “very liberal, accepting, enthusiastic, and quirky” students, while another described the student body as filled with students "who are passionate about social justice and changing the world for the better.” Mills ranked 17th in the tree-hugging vegetarian category and has consistently been included in The Princeton Review’s list of green colleges. The College scored 89 out of a possible 99 for environmental policies and practices.
In the interesting professors category, Mills was rated 94, with students describing their professors as teachers who “know their subjects perfectly, and are incredibly passionate about them.” One student noted that professors make sure students can find them outside of class for office hours, while another said that professors provide intellectual support even on topics that extend beyond the course subject area. Mills “cultivates critical thinking around social justice issues through...collaboration,” in the words of one student.
Mills students enjoy their proximity to the arts and cultural scene in Oakland and Berkeley, including a cross-registration arrangement with UC Berkeley, which allows them to “still get most of the typical college experiences" (i.e., social life and exploration of new ideas and places), "minus some of the stress bigger schools have." Based on the 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 rated 83 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. One student described the campus as “a welcoming environment for people who do not identify as women, including trans men.”
The Best 382 Colleges is based on surveys of 137,000 students attending schools across the country. The 80-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, fellow students, 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 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 www.mills.edu.