Mills College, established as the Young Ladies seminary in 1852 at Benicia, was renamed Mills Seminary after being taken over by Susan and Cyrus Mills. It was not until 1885 that the institution was given its current name. Located in Oakland, California, the college is a private, non-profit, liberal art, women's institution. The U.S News and World Reports ranked the college fourth among the top notch colleges of the West. More than 1000 students enroll in Mills every year.
The College offers more degree programs than most colleges of the same size. In addition to several undergraduate courses, students are allowed to create their own majors. The most popular areas of study in Mills College are business, creative writing, book art, music, English and dance, among others.
Nicknamed Cyclones, the college participates in intercollegiate sports including cross-country, rowing, soccer and tennis. It belongs to the Pacific - 10 Conference and is also a member of the NCAA division III.
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