Mills College

Mills College

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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Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland , CA 94613
General Phone: (510) 430-2255

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Mills College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts121American studies, Latin American studies, Hispanic-American studies, women's studies, minority and gender studies, foreign language and literature, comparative literature, French language, Spanish language, ...
Education and Teaching94educational administration, educational admin and supervision, early childhood special ed, secondary teaching, teacher ed, early childhood education, art education, education courses
Business and Management50managerial economics
Music30music, music performance, music theory and composition, various music studies
Therapy and Counseling24psychology
Family and Social Work22child development, public policy analysis
Science21biology, biochem/biophysics/molecular biology, biopsychology, chemistry
Art Studies19art studies
Nursing and Emergency Medicine16various nursing
Drama and Performing Arts12dance
Fine Arts7art history and criticism
Conservation and Resource Management6environmental studies, environmental science
Religion and Philosophy3philosophy
Photography and Commercial Art3multimedia
Computer Science and Engineering2computer and info science

Number of programs and degrees for Mills College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree19436
Postbaccalaureate certificate588
Master's degree18215
Doctor's degree61
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years161

Mills College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Mills College had a total enrollment of 1,446 students (1,287 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Women 100%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 65%
Graduate 35%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 44%
Black 11%
Hispanic 12%
Asian 8%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 22%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 23%
20-21 18%
22-24 15%
25-29 18%
30-34 9%
35-39 5%
40-49 5%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown3%
New York1%
North Dakota1%
North Carolina1%
New Mexico1%

Mills College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 74 %

Mills College Room and Board (2007)

Mills College offers campus housing for 650 of its 1,287 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Oakland, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Mills College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal520650
SAT Math490590
SAT Writing520620
ACT Composite2027

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT93%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT32%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Mills College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 35,190
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 35,190
Room and board $ 11,270
Room charge $ 6,030
Board (meal plan) charge $ 5,240
Books and supplies $ 1,300
Other expenses $ 2,000

Financial Aid:
Mills College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 123800)

Mills College Faculty

Mills College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year24$122,95626$119,033
Associate professoracademic year5$95,87716$91,184
Assistant professoracademic year8$66,98212$66,916
Lectureracademic year0*3$69,885
No academic rankacademic year0*2*
All faculty totalacademic year37$107,19459$96,267

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Mills College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Track California Pacific Conference

Mills College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business/Managerial Economics

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, Other
Education/Teaching Individuals - Early Childhood Spec Ed Pgms
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Secondary Education and Teaching
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Public Policy Analysis

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
English Literature (British and Commonwealth)
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
Hispanic-American,Puerto Rican & Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Music, Other

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing, Other

Photography And Commercial Art

Religion And Philosophy

Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Mills College Apart:

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Student SAT scores
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Top 19%Mills College Student SAT scores
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Top 19%Mills College Faculty/student ratio (full-time)

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