Mills Named One of the Best 381 Colleges in the Nation by The Princeton Review

Oakland, CA—August 30, 2016

Princeton Review 381 Best Colleges 2017For the 12th 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 126 western regional colleges in The Princeton Review’s 2017 edition of The Best 381 Colleges.

Mills provides a “rigorous academic program” and is “the epitome of a liberal arts education,” according to students surveyed by The Princeton Review. In the interesting professors category, Mills was rated 95, with students saying faculty are “insightful and promote lively discussions in class” while remaining highly accessible. One student noted, “Even in introductory lecture classes, you can get to know your professors.” 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 92.

TheBest 381 Colleges is based on surveys of 143,000 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.

According to the survey, Mills ranked 19th in LGBTQ-friendly campuses, with the guide noting that Mills students “embrace diversity and gender equality in hopes of creating a better world.” Mills students also describe themselves as politically liberal, ranking the College 12th among schools with the most liberal students. “Mills College is all about empowering its students and creating an environment that encourages hard work and social and political awareness,” said one student. The guide noted that Mills enjoys a “very open-minded environment” with active minority support groups as well as “great support of students with disabilities or special needs.”

The guide further distinguishes Mills as one of the greenest colleges in the nation based on the school’s performance as an environmentally aware and responsible institution, ranking Mills 18th on the list of the top 50 green colleges. The College scored 90 out of a possible 99 for environmental policies and practices.

Other pluses include “the beauty of the campus” and close proximity to San Francisco and Berkeley.

"Mills has provided an excellent liberal arts education to undergraduate women for 164 years,” said Mills College President Elizabeth L. Hillman. “We’re proud that students have once again affirmed our reputation as one of the best academic institutions in the country,”

In earning this recognition from the Best 381 Colleges, Mills is included in the top 15 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

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