Facts About Mills

Mission

Mills is an independent liberal arts college for women and gender nonbinary students with graduate programs for all genders. The College educates students to think critically and communicate responsibly and effectively, to accept the challenges of their creative visions, and to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effect thoughtful changes in a global, multicultural society.

Profile

  • Independent liberal arts college founded in 1852
  • Oldest undergraduate college for women in the West
  • Offers bachelor’s degrees to women and gender nonbinary students and graduate degrees and certificates to all genders
  • Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

College Rankings (2020–21)

  • #1 Best Value Schools West by U.S. News & World Report
  • #1 Undergraduate Teaching West by U.S. News & World Report
  • #8 Most Innovative Schools West by U.S. News & World Report
  • #12 Regional Universities West by U.S. News & World Report
  • #13 Social Mobility West by U.S. News & World Report
  • Best 386 Colleges by The Princeton Review
  • Best Green Colleges by The Princeton Review

Student Body (2020–21)

  • Total students: 961
  • 609 undergraduate women
  • 352 graduate women and men
  • 41 states represented
  • 13 countries represented
  • 17% undergraduate resumer students (23 years of age or older)
  • 44% first-generation undergraduate students
  • 58% LGBTQ undergraduate students*
  • 65% undergraduate students of color
    • <1% American Indian or Alaska Native
    • 9% Asian/Pacific Islander
    • 12% Black or African American
    • 34% Hispanic/Latinx
    • 11% Two or more races
    • 34% White
    • <1% Unknown

*Data was provided by 76% of the 2020 incoming class.

  • 58% graduate students of color
    • <1% American Indian or Alaska Native
    • 13% Asian/Pacific Islander
    • 18% Black or African American
    • 21% Hispanic/Latinx
    • 7% Two or more races
    • 41% White
    • <1% Unknown

Entering First-Year Student Academic Profile (2020–21)

  • Average high school GPA 3.58
  • SAT range 1033-1300*
  • ACT range 20–30*

*Mills is test optional. Data was provided by 49% of the 2020 incoming class.

Faculty (2020–21)

  • Total: 179
  • Full-time: 73 (female faculty 71%; faculty of color 53%; terminal degree 88%)
  • Part-time: 106 (female faculty 81%; faculty of color 43%; terminal degree 56%)

Class Size (2020–21)

  • Average class size: 11
  • Class enrollments of 20 or fewer students: 83%
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1

Undergraduate Majors (2020–21)

The top 5 undergraduate majors:

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • English
  • Biology, Pre-Nursing (tied)
  • Politics, Economics, Policy & Law

Undergraduate Financial Aid (2020–21)

  • 96% of all undergraduate students received financial aid
  • 92% received some portion of their aid directly from Mills
  • Average award: $25,428
  • 30% of undergraduate students were Cal Grant recipients (184 students)
  • 42% of undergraduate students were Pell Grant recipients (255 students)
  • Total aid: $14.5 million of which Mills funded $8.0 million

Graduate Programs (2020–21)

The top 5 graduate programs:

  • Education
  • English
  • Pre-Medical
  • MBA
  • Public Policy

Graduate Financial Aid (2020–21)

  • 88% of all graduate students received financial aid
  • 82% received some portion of their aid directly from Mills
  • Total aid: $6.6 million of which Mills funded $1.5 million

Finance (2020–21)

  • Annual budget: $62.2 million
  • Endowment value as of 6.30.20: $190.8 million

Giving to Mills (2019–20) $9.6 million

  • Trustee gifts: $1.3 million
  • Alumnae gifts: $2.1 million
  • Gifts from parents, friends, and others: $1.0 million
  • Foundation and corporate gifts: $1.1 million
  • Estate gifts: $4.1 million

Mills College Annual Fund: $4.4 million (includes all current-use gifts from the sources above, excluding estate gifts)

Alumnae

  • Mills College alumnae: 26,117
  • Countries represented: 64