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

Oakland, CA—September 11, 2018

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

In the 2019 Best Colleges guide, Mills is ranked seventh 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 644 universities across the nation as “Best Regional Universities;” 127 institutions are listed as best in the West.

Mills was ranked No. 3 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 2017-2018, 86 percent of full-time undergraduates at Mills received some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $37,457.

As part of a separate peer assessment, Mills was also ranked as one of the top 15 liberal arts colleges with faculty that has an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.

“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.”

In fall 2018, Mills implemented 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 2019 edition of Best Colleges, Mills received an overall college rating of 79 out of 100. It was noted that 69.8 percent of classes at Mills had fewer than 20 students. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, was 77 percent.

Among graduate school programs, the Mills Fine Arts Program was ranked 69th and the School of Education was ranked 124th out of 385 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 and self-identified women with graduate programs for all genders. 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 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 https://www.mills.edu.