U.S. News & World Report Ranks Mills Among the Best Colleges in the West for Tenth Consecutive Year

Oakland, CA—September 21, 2017

Mills College has been named one of the top regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report for the tenth consecutive year and ranks high in offering students an excellent education for their tuition dollars.

In the 2018 Best Colleges guide, Mills is ranked ninth among regional colleges and universities in the West. Regional universities and colleges offer a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s degree programs but have few, if any, doctoral degrees. The guide includes 659 universities across the nation as “Best Regional Universities;” 141 institutions are listed as best in the West.

Mills was also ranked No. 2 among colleges and universities in the West that provide high academic quality at a good price. The guide’s Great Schools, Great Prices category recognizes Mills for its academic quality relative to the net cost of attendance for students receiving financial aid. In 2016-2017, 84 percent of full-time undergraduates at Mills received some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award was $35,479.

“Since its founding in 1852, Mills has been committed to providing students with access to education of the highest caliber,” said Mills College President Elizabeth L. Hillman. “Our goal is to open doors to students of all socioeconomic backgrounds so they can experience a life-changing education that will prepare them to be leaders in their careers and communities.”

Beginning in fall 2018, Mills will implement a tuition reset, reducing its undergraduate tuition by 36 percent, “demonstrating that a life-changing Mills education is not exclusive to only a few, but is accessible and affordable to all academically qualified students,” said Hillman. 

In the 2018 edition of Best Colleges, Mills received an overall college rating of 74 out of 100. it was noted that 70.9 percent of classes at Mills had fewer than 20 students. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, was 78 percent.

Among graduate school programs, the Mills Fine Arts Program was ranked 69th and the School of Education was ranked 120th out of over 800 graduate schools nationwide.

Of the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: graduation and retention rates, peer assessment, student acceptance rate, graduation rate, and the percent of first year students in the top 25 percent of their high school graduating classes.

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 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 www.mills.edu.