U.S. News and World Report Ranks Mills Among Best Colleges in the West

Oakland, CA—September 13, 2016

Mills College has been named one of the top regional universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report for the ninth consecutive year and ranks high in offering students a great value.

In the 2017 Best Colleges guide, Mills is ranked fifth 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 653 universities across the nation as “Best Regional Universities;” 93 institutions are listed as best in the West.

Mills’ was also ranked No. 1 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. “The higher the quality of the program and the lower cost, the better deal,” the guide says. In 2015-2016, 69 percent of students received need-based aid; the average cost of college after receiving grants based on need was $27,956.

“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 Hillman. “We are proud to be recognized, once again, as an institution committed to providing a quality academic experience at a good economic value for our students and their families.”

Mills was included in the “A+ Schools for B Students” category, which identifies schools where “spirit and hard work could make all the difference to admissions.” In 2015-2016, 68 percent of first-year students at Mills were in the top 25 percent of their high school graduating class.

In the 2017 edition of Best Colleges, Mills received an overall college rating of 82 out of 100. Among western schools it was noted that 73 percent of classes at Mills had fewer than 20 students, and at 24 percent, Mills had the highest giving rate of alumnae who donate.

Among 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. 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 381 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.