Facts About Mills

Mission

Mills is an independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. 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 graduate degrees and certificates to women and men
  • Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

College Rankings (2017–18)

  • #9 Regional Universities West by U.S. News & World Report
  • #2 Best Value Schools West by U.S. News & World Report
  • Best 382 Colleges by The Princeton Review

Student Body (2016–17)

  • Total students: 1,345
  • 821 undergraduate women
  • 524 graduate women and men
  • 43 states represented
  • 14 countries represented
  • 14% undergraduate resumer students (23 years of age or older)
  • 36% first-generation undergraduate students
  • 50% LGBTQ undergraduate students*
  • 54% undergraduate students of color
    • 1% American Indian or Alaska Native
    • 9% Asian/Pacific Islander
    • 9% Black or African American
    • 27% Hispanic/Latina
    • 8% Two or more races
    • 45% White
    • 1% Unknown

*Data was provided by 65% of the 2016 incoming class.

  • 47% graduate students of color
    • <1% American Indian or Alaska Native
    • 9% Asian/Pacific Islander
    • 12% Black or African American
    • 18% Hispanic/Latino
    • 7% Two or more races
    • 44% White
    • 10% Unknown

Entering First-Year Student Academic Profile (2016–17)

  • Average high school GPA 3.63
  • SAT range 1450–1850*
  • ACT range 21–29*

*Mills is test optional. Data was provided by 78% of the 2016 incoming class.

Faculty (2016–17)

  • Total: 183
  • Full-time: 91 (female faculty 66%; faculty of color 34%; terminal degree 90%)
  • Part-time: 92 (female faculty 72%; faculty of color 40%; terminal degree 63%)

Class Size (2016–17)

  • Average class size: 16
  • Class enrollments of 20 or fewer students: 74%
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1

Undergraduate Majors (2016–17)

The top 5 undergraduate majors:

  • English
  • Psychology
  • Biology
  • Economics
  • Studio Art

Undergraduate Financial Aid (2016–17)

  • 92% of all undergraduate students received financial aid
  • 90% received some portion of their aid directly from Mills
  • Average award: $42,096
  • Total aid: $31.7 million of which Mills funded $19.7 million

Graduate Programs (2016–17)

The top 5 graduate programs:

  • Education
  • Pre-Med
  • MBA
  • English
  • Music

Graduate Financial Aid (2016–17)

  • 88% of all graduate students received financial aid
  • 86% received some portion of their aid directly from Mills
  • Total aid: $14.1 million of which Mills funded $5.1 million

Finance (2016–17)

  • Annual budget: $81.3 million
  • Endowment value as of 6.30.16: $171.0 million

Giving to Mills (2015–16) $11.1 million

  • Trustee gifts: $1.2 million
  • Alumnae gifts: $2.0 million
  • Gifts from parents, friends, and others: $0.6 million
  • Foundation and corporate gifts: $3.8 million
  • Estate gifts: $3.5 million

Mills College Annual Fund: $5.8 million (includes all current-use gifts from the sources above, excluding estate gifts)

Alumnae

  • Mills College alumnae: 25,010
  • Countries represented: 66