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Mills-Oakland Promise

Mills College has joined forces with the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) Office of Equity, the City of Oakland, and the East Bay College Fund to remove barriers to a top-ranked college education for girls. As part of the Mills-Oakland Promise Program, we're dedicating resources to make a transformative college education accessible and affordable. Students will find a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming community at Mills with one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty and small, interactive classes that help students succeed. Discover what makes a Mills undergraduate education unique.

Mills-Oakland Promise Student Benefits

Mills has created special initiatives to support OUSD high school girls and young women as they transition to college and during their journey at Mills, including:

  • the Oakland Unified Leadership Academy that helps students get ready for college;
  • an academic success team that assists students in navigating college and pursuing their dreams;
  • individual ePortfolio websites to showcase each student's learning;
  • a personal research or creative project mentored by outstanding faculty; and
  • career services including career coaching, Mills alumnae mentoring, and visits to local companies and organizations.

Mills-Oakland Promise ScholarshipsMills-Oakland Promise

As part of our commitment to the Oakland Promise, Mills will provide a minimum financial aid scholarship of $7,000 to every OUSD high school student (public and charter) admitted in fall 2018 with a minimum high school GPA of 3.2. Higher scholarship amounts may be offered to admitted students with higher GPAs.

In addition to these awards, beginning fall 2018 we are excited to debut 10 new Mills-Oakland Promise Scholarships, which are possible thanks to OUSD’s Office of Equity and the generous support of Mills alumnae and trustees. These awards include:

  • The African American Female Excellence Scholarship
  • The Latina Excellence Scholarship
  • Eight additional Mills-Oakland Promise scholarships

Admitted students may receive a Mills-Oakland Promise Scholarship in addition to the $7,000 award. Visit our Mills-Oakland Promise Scholarships page for detailed eligibility and application information.

Since scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back (unlike student loans), we also encourage Mills-Oakland Promise students to apply for a scholarship from the East Bay College Fund and Pell and Cal Grants. Students who receive the $7,000 Mills scholarship, an East Bay College Fund scholarship, and the maximum Pell and Cal Grant awards will have earned enough aid to completely cover the cost of their tuition and fees at Mills. These Mills-Oakland Promise students will be able to attend Mills free of tuition and required fees (subject to continued East Bay College Fund, Pell, and Cal grant eligibility). 

Questions? Contact Us.

If you have any questions regarding the Mills-Oakland Promise Program or the Mills College Preview and Admission Day event, or if you would like to schedule a one-on-one visit, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 800.87.MILLS or

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