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Enjoy a World of Opportunity.

As a Mills student, you’ll live and study in one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the United States. You’ll explore Oakland’s unique neighborhoods and benefit from all that our location on the Pacific Rim has to offer. Arts organizations, healthcare providers, tech giants, and nonprofits also call this area home—and we keep tabs on internships and job openings for students to explore. Our faculty has deep roots in the San Francisco Bay Area’s creative, academic, and professional communities and can often connect you to one-of-a-kind resources and learning opportunities.

Oakland will forever be my favorite city. There is so much diversity and ingenuity!Sarah Aida Gonzalez ’09

Major media outlets—including the UK’s Independent, Forbes, Popular Mechanics, and Thrillist—have ranked Oakland among the best cities in America. Our students take full advantage of this, enjoying the First Friday gallery crawls, hiking through the East Bay hills at Redwood Regional Park, and sharing snacks from the best gourmet food trucks around.

Oakland's historic movie palace─the Grand Lake Theatre─is home to a Mighty Wurlitzer organ, with weekend performances before first-run movies.

Students enjoy the best of outdoor exploration with hiking trails, redwood groves, beaches, and urban landmarks such as Golden Gate Park.

Our computer science students get a personalized tour of Facebook headquarters and mentoring thanks to the connections of our technology faculty.

Art museums abound in Oakland and San Francisco for Asian, contemporary, and classic art.

Mills students show their team spirit for our NBA Champion Golden State Warriors at a home game.

Promoting creative expression and innovative design, the Crucible is one of the many arts venues with one-of-a-kind performances in our backyard.

Our graduate English students make a statement on the local literary scene, connecting with a community of writers.

Get to Know Our Neighborhood.

See what the New York Times says you can do in just 36 Hours in Oakland, California, and then check out a few of our local neighborhoods:

Explore the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mills students don’t limit themselves to exploring Oakland. The San Francisco Bay Area extends from picturesque Napa Valley and Sonoma in the North Bay to world-famous Silicon Valley in the South Bay. In between, there are the wonders of the City by the Bay—home to the historic Haight-Ashbury district, the LGBTQ-friendly Castro district, Golden Gate Park (whose attractions range from the California Academy of Sciences to the de Young Museum to, surprisingly, a herd of bison), and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Our students also study and play in our neighboring city of Berkeley. They take advantage of our partner programs with UC Berkeley, attend plays at the Berkeley Rep, and devour ridiculously huge pizza slices on Telegraph Avenue.

During your time at Mills, you’ll have the opportunity to explore all the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer:

  • International cuisine—from authentic Asian to vegan Ethiopian to fall-off-the-bone barbecue
  • Outdoor adventures—including Lake Chabot, Ocean Beach, Muir Woods, and the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Pro sports games—with six local teams including the five-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors and the San Francisco Giants
  • Science and learning centers—ranging from the Chabot Space & Science Center to the Exploratorium to the Tech Museum of Innovation
  • World-class museums—like the Asian Art Museum, the Museum of the African Diaspora, and the newly expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art