Welcome to an Inclusive Community Committed to Justice.
Beginning with our founding in 1852, Mills has always been a leader in providing opportunities
for women to pursue higher education—defying the convention of the time. Over the
years, we have continued to break barriers by providing underserved students access
to a top-ranked college education.
Creating Opportunities for 170 Years
We were founded in 1852 to ensure that young women in California could receive an
education and chartered in 1885 as the first women's college in the West.
In the 1920s, we debuted graduate programs for both women and men from all backgrounds
with the aim of preparing women to enhance their career potential with advanced degrees.
With the introduction of college rankings systems, we became recognized as one of
the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the nation as we welcomed all ethnicities,
ages, and first-generation college students to campus.
In 2014, we achieved international attention as the first women’s college to create
a transgender admission policy and established our role at the forefront of expanding
gender definitions and acceptance.
Our Hispanic/Latinx student body surpassed the 25 percent mark qualifying Mills as
a Hispanic-serving institution in 2017 while more closely representing the demographics
of our California home.
To us, the goal is simple. We are committed to providing access to higher education
to as many talented students as possible in an environment that respects individuality,
builds community, and encourages student success. We devote substantial resources
to make our high-quality education as affordable as possible through a range of scholarships
and financial aid programs.
We believe in the power of diversity to enrich our learning and our lives, and we
are committed to leading the charge to create an inclusive and just society. We invite you to be part of our unique community where everyone can stand out and fit in.
Points of Pride
#1 Best Value Schools West U.S. News & World Report 2022
#4 Social Mobility West U.S. News & World Report 2022
#10 Regional Universities West U.S. News & World Report 2022
#19 Undergraduate Teaching West U.S. News & World Report 2022
Best Green Colleges The Princeton Review 2022
4 Stars Campus Pride Index
3.61 average high school GPA
64% students of color
58% LGBTQ undergraduate students
44% first-generation students
33% transfer students
33% Hispanic/Latinx undergraduate students
16% resuming students (23 of age or older)
90% receive financial aid
35% of students receive Pell Grants
Key Community Initiatives
Beyond our campus, Mills is focused on helping underserved high school students and
local community college students pursue a bachelor's degree through the following
In collaboration with local school districts and foundations, the Mills Promise Program provides scholarship support, academic mentoring, and leadership training to encourage
young women to attend and succeed in college.
Through this federal TRIO program Mills provides high school students from low-income
families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree with academic tutoring
and opportunities that continue through college.
In collaboration with the Peralta Community College District, students at Berkeley
City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College receive personalized
educational and mentoring services needed to transfer to Mills College and obtain
a four-year bachelor’s degree.