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  • 07/28/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 out of 17 people found this review useful. 1 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Mills College is great for all types of students who are ready to be challenged academically and who are eager to have a well-rounded college experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to try new things and get involved at Mills.

    Bang for the buck

    Although Mills College does seem to be on the pricey side as far as colleges are concerned, I would have to say that it's well worth it. The financial aid offered at Mills College is also something worth mentioning. Mills College gives great financial aid packages and the financial aid office staff are always friendly and ready to help.

    Am enjoying being here

    The professors know my name due to the small class sizes. I have made terrific friends due to the friendly atmosphere at Mills. All in all, I would say that my time at Mills College have been a very enjoyable experience.

    Am learning a lot

    I am not only learning a lot academically, I am also learning a lot about myself. Campus life at Mills College makes it a perfect place to learn about who you are and what you believe. Something I have discovered while here.

  • 03/20/2010

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 2 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for the type of young women who are timid and shy, and need to blossom into strong and confident women, ready to go out in the world on their own. Since all your classrooms will be filled with women only, you won't have the subconscious belief that the male is superior to you. There is this type of equality in Mills campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest you really look at their website and visit their campus since not most women are sure if an All-Womens school is beneficial to them.

    Bang for the buck

    To be honest, I got a Financial Aid Award of $46,318 (which $6,000 are suggested in loan) while the estimated cost of attendance is $52,706. Another $6,388 are left for me to pay on my own; in ONE year! $12,388 on my hands while being in a very low-income family of about $9,000 a year. I will have to sign up for other scholarships I believe.

    Will enjoy being here

    Well, there is a very diverse community surrounded by tall and luscious foliage. Every woman there will greet you, and they are very kind.

    Will learn a lot

    They have the best of teachers teaching over 1,000 courses.

  • 11/20/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 3 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Do some soul-searching before applying to this school. If you desire to become a strong, empowered woman during your college education, this is 100% the right place for you. If, however, you prefer to shrink away from attention or don't want to gain the skills needed to be an active woman in a global community, this might not be the place for you. Personally, I can't think why a woman would not want to become a stronger, more empowered person, so I recommend this school to every woman I meet.

    Bang for the buck

    Very worth the money I am spending to be here.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love Mills College, but the surrounding neighborhood makes me give Mills 4 instead of 5 stars.

    Am learning a lot

    Every professor I have had at this college has been enthusiastic and passionate about the subject they teach. Every professor holds ample office hours and goes out of their way to make time for meeting with their students.

  • 04/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 4 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Mills is an extremely safe environment for students. For starters, at the one vehicle entrance and exit to campus there is a gatehouse, staffed by the helpful Public Safety who keeps a watchful eye and speaks with every non-student who enters campus. All dorm buildings are accessible only with a student ID and are equip with alarm systems. I can't say enough about Public Safety, in addition to protecting students they are kind, courteous, and never more than a phone call away.

    Greek Life

    There is one sorority on campus for pre-law students. Other than that Mills strives for a very united, communal, campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs and activities on campus. There is a club for absolutely anything you can think of, and if not making one is a cinch. There is a club for the LGBTQA community, a club for latinas, a club for pre-med students, even a club for people who like to knit. In addition to clubs, there are many volunteer organizations that operate on campus that offer a great way to serve the community and build your resume. We have dances all the time, and they are usually the most popular activities on campus. Ask any student about Black and White Ball and you'll soon understand why.

    Great for these types of students

    Mills is the perfect place for students who live by the motto work hard, play hard. Cyclones are dedicated students first, but also enjoy a bounce house or two in the quad.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mills has been around for a long time, and with that comes some unusual features, including a ghost tour. Every year around Halloween, the older students lead the freshman on a special night time walk about campus. Stops include the cemetery where Susan Mills is buried and Mills Hall, the historical landmark with bumps in the night. Another not to miss unique attribute is the special Book Room in the library where one can find a page from a Gutenberg Bible, a first edition Alice and Wonderland with hand drawn illustrations along with hundreds of other treasures. This campus gains a huge amount of character and interesting stories from its age, make sure to take a tour (ghost or regular) when you stop by and learn about the diamond cutting window.

    Bang for the buck

    Not to mince words, Mills is expensive. It is a private school with a hefty price tag. But, it is absolutely worth every penny. For that money you get person attention, tiny classes, amazing resources both academic and personal, an on campus library with a secret book room, amazing speakers and lectures all the time, and the opportunity to really thrive and succeed.

    What to do for fun

    Mills offers something pretty special to students, a free bus pass! For those who come without cars, its a great way to explore the city (and for free). Mills is very close to Berkeley which offers lots of fun shopping, ,dining, and entertainment. Students also like to take in the local sports, the A's, Warriors, and Raiders all play about 15 mins away from campus. Last but not least, we are close to San Francisco. Students often carpool to the city to dance or take in the sights, but Mills also has structured excursions to Alcatraz or other local hot spots.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria food is cafeteria food, right? Wrong! Founders Commons is the main dining hall on campus, situated on a hill from which you can over look most of the San Francisco Bay Area. The food is catered by a company called Bon Appetite, who prides themselves on farm fresh meals that are healthy and eco-conscience. There are always vegetarian and vegan options and compared with most dining hall food it is light years ahead.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Mills are really quite gorgeous. The campus itself is over 100 years old, and most of the buildings are too! That means hard wood floors, beautiful detailing, and the kind of old world charm you can't get any where else. Each dorm also has a library/study for students to gather and collaborate. Also of special note, most rooms here are for ONE PERSON, no roommates unless you want them.

    Academic Rigor

    Whatever Mills lacks in large class size, it makes up for in academic challenge. Because you have the opportunity to get to know your professors, and work on really personalized material, standards are high. But never fear, even if the class seems really hard, the professors here WANT you to get an A and are always around for support and guidance. Mills really does work to prepare you for graduate school or whatever your goals may be after your undergraduate education is complete.

    Tips for prospective students

    If I had any tips to give someone coming to Mills, it would be to bring an open mind. College is already something totally new and exciting for most freshman, so take it as it comes! And don't forget to utilize all the resources Mills has to offer early on (Center for Academic Excellence, free peer tutors, writing center, one on one time with professors etc). Remember to not be too hard on yourself and get out there to make some lasting connections. You won't regret it!

    In three sentences

    Beautiful, tranquil, and supportive. Mills College is the absolute place to be for women looking to succeed in both academics and in the real world future that lies ahead. Cyclone ladies get all the benefits of a big school with highly qualified professors, visiting lectures, and their own museum; with all the benefits of a small school including tiny class sizes and personal attention.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 5 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The dorms are alarmed and public safety is always on the ready. There are blue alarm boxes and phones situated around campus. Not to mention the whole place is fenced in.

    Greek Life

    There is none but the campus isn't particularly friendly to it. Part of the reason is because our campus is so small, it wouldn't accommodate for big chapters, but we have a strong history of being the sister college to Cal State Hayward and Berkeley so many students join chapters from those schools.

    Clubs and Activities

    Just like any other campus, many of the clubs are run by a few passionate individuals with members dropping off here and there.

    Great for these types of students

    A resumer, a transfer, and a first year will all have very different, but equally fulfilling experiences at Mills College.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Apparently the school is haunted, and while I never experienced (or invited) ghosts around me, many on campus believe they exist.

    Bang for the buck

    Because this school was founded for wealthy white women in the 1800s, students now are privy to many school traditions such as the president's tea, the Junior/Senior celebration, and many other events that have clearly been around since the early 1900s.

    What to do for fun

    There is at LEAST one event per week, and usually multiple happening on campus the same day. If one wants to get off campus, they are only a fifteen minute bus ride from downtown and only a five minute bus ride from libraries, cafes, restaurants, and grocery stores.

    Food and Dining

    While any dining hall can get repetitive, Bon Appitit takes suggestions for food and implements them that same week. The food is always fresh, delicious, and offers a wide array of options for meat eaters to vegetarians to vegans to people who have allergies as basic as peanut to as advanced as dairy and gluten.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on when you enter, you get acquainted with your fellow residents through activities set up by your Resident assistant. There are a variety of residence halls, including a resumer wing (for 23+), quiet hall, handicap accessible, and others.

    Academic Rigor

    You receive a lot of assistance when needed, but the teachers do not hold back on the their assignments, tests, and expectations.

    Tips for prospective students

    For any college, always make sure that the program you're looking into is highly regarded, and rigorous. Look at the alumni networks and look at the rates at which students get internships and jobs from teachers and alumni. College will end one day, make sure you ask questions and are prepared for the future.

    In three sentences

    Mills College combines beautiful scenery, with progressive thinking and social justice. This all women college reminds us of the importance of having goals and an action plan. All the staff and teachers are supportive and as eager as the students.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 6 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Mills College is a very safe campus, small in size, gated with an entrance that is monitored by security.

    Great for these types of students

    Mills College is the perfect fit to girls who are dedicated on furthering their education, and enriching their lives, intellectually, socially, and personally.

    What to do for fun

    Mills creates a social environment for girls by creating the Living Learning Communities. Each LLC focuses on a different topic that is meant to bring together girls with a common interest. A wide variety of clubs are offered a Mills, from Toastmasters to yoga.

    Food and Dining

    The communal cafeteria at Mills College offers a wide variety of healthy, organic food and meals. A small cafe/coffee shop can also be found on the campus. There are four different meal plans that are offered, as well as vegetarian options.

    Dorm Life

    Incoming students will be tickled to know that the girls attending Mills College are welcoming and friendly. More than 50% of the students enjoy a single room, while the option of doubling with a roommate is also offered. Mills College also welcomes incoming freshman by having them participate in Living Learning Communities (LLCs), to group girls with common interests.

    Academic Rigor

    The students who attend Mills College must be diligent, focused, and inquisitive to master the courses offered. The small campus and dedicated faculty and professors create a reliable support system. Mills College has a diverse population, which reflects the kind of women and faculty who are focused on enriching their lives.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of dates and deadlines, and stay focused. Do not worry or stress unnecessarily over tests and exams, since the faculty is fully dedicated to helping students.

    In three sentences

    Mills College has an amazing campus, filled with women dedicated to education and higher learning. The experience offered at Mills is displayed in the well-rounded students who attend the college. Mills College is a safe, welcoming educational community that orbits around enriching women with a challenging course as well as preparing them for life after college.

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 7 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Primarily none.

    Great for these types of students

    Academic, learners, readers, environmentalists, feminists, athletic

    What to do for fun

    First of all: Oakland is not scary! Oakland has so many fun activities that are so close to campus. Mills is tucked away from highway 580 in Oakland, yet the free shuttle we operate allows anyone to get anywhere around the East Bay. BART is a great way to travel to San Francisco as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    We are a very education-based campus, but do maintain social lives! Mills women are the strongest and smartest women in the world! Faculty and staff wish only the best for their students: one on one tutoring is available (free!) and classes have a small ratio making learning more efficient.

    In three sentences

    Mills has an extensive science program, as well as a broad liberal arts education. Mills has a female-only undergraduate population, but there are men on the campus! We maintain a very open environment for whoever wants to join the college and feel included in the Mills community.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 8 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Overall the campus is very safe. Public safety will escort you to any building if needed. I am a commuter, one day I left my lights on all day and public safety came within 5 minutes to jump my car. I was so grateful for them to jump my car.

    Bang for the buck

    The Mills campus is beautiful. You can lay out on the grass for hours, it is very peaceful.

    What to do for fun

    Just hang out on the plaza. The Mills campus is beautiful!

    Tips for prospective students

    Never feel ashamed to ask for help or to say you don't know how to do something. Like I've mentioned before, the professors and students will be happy to help you.

    In three sentences

    Mills College is a great competitive school. The professors and Mills staff go above and beyond to help you. You are able to form a great bond with your Mills sisters.

  • 04/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    I highly recommend Toastmasters The Word Mill! Great environment for working on your public speaking and leadership skills, with no pressure to speak up any sooner than is comfortable for you. P.S. The Mills Community Tennis program is always looking for volunteers, and you don't even have to know much about Tennis ;)

    Food and Dining

    The healthy (sometimes vegan) options are as delicious as the rest of the college's cuisine!

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus; however, I have friends that do, and the majority of them enjoy having single bedrooms to themselves (with the occasional friend sleeping over). I have slept over a few times, and I love being just a short walk away from the grassy square between Orchard Meadow and Warren Olney. Few showers, but like I said, I'm not a residential student, so I wouldn't know of any problems with that.

    Academic Rigor

    Harder than high school, definitely, but I think a maximum of four or five classes per semester is selling those ambitious students short.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to fight for your financial aid award! If the award is not sufficient for your family's needs (like it was in my case), then you need to appeal, explain any situation you or your family has. The financial aid office will work with you to give you the best financial aid award possible!

    In three sentences

    Food, sustainability, social justice. If you love or love to talk about any of these three things, then Mills is perfect for you! Most of the students I have met are socially and/or environmentally aware.

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Public Safety is just a phone call away, whenever you feel like you are in a dangerous situation public safety will escort you to your next destination.

    What to do for fun

    Go to SF! Join a sports team.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to meet lots of very liberal feminists. Make sure you enjoy college and don't stress too much.

    In three sentences

    Mills College has a beautiful campus that you just can't help falling in love with it. The feeling of community is very strong even if you choose not to live on campus. The professor want you to succeed, so go to their office hours!

  • 04/23/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    11 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is great. Every person is checked before they come on campus and many of the students know the security guards around campus.

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs at this school that your head will explode. There is something for everyone. And, if you want to create a club, its encouraged on our campus!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for empowered, fierce, leaders. Great for women who know that they are going to make a difference in society and want to be around revolutionary women.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual tradition at Mills College is to visit the burial site of the school's founders. It is a ghost hunt that will bond you with your fellow students. Very Fun!

    Bang for the buck

    As a whole, Oakland is very affordable for students. Being as students live on a budget there are many great small grocery stores in the area that have very affordable fresh produce and if you're into Indian food we have one of the most affordable Indian buffets in town!

    What to do for fun

    There are many different things in the area to do for fun. Whether it be going to the movies or taking a hike in the Oakland Hills, the area is filled with fun things to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the school is very good and is some of the healthiest in the country. there are many different meal plan options and on the weekends the waffle bar is to die for. But, with an unlimited salad bar don't worry about the freshman fifteen.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun, the dorms are beautiful and very quit on the weekends.

    Academic Rigor

    This school has very rigorous academics. If you are dedicated and know how to study well, you will get through it fine. Professors are your ultimate resources. Enjoy your studies and take advantage of office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to take part in all of the events that the school has to offer. Mills 101 in orientation is a great way to meet other freshman. Also, make sure to go off campus and study in the area surrounding the campus.

    In three sentences

    Mills is an amazing school that has truly helped me become who I am. It helped me grow individually while growing as a woman. This school showed me that I can be a strong, intelligent woman who can reach my dreams.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 of 35

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Give the Oakland Hills a visit! There's Berkeley, the Berkeley hills, and pockets of redwood forest amidst the residential area of oakland for hiking/relaxing are such a refreshing surprise! There's always San Francisco, Rockridge, downtown Oakland, art festivals, concert venues for both over and underaged students, what isn't there to do?!

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining at Mills is very accommodating to students with specific eating habits or allergies, etc. It only serves organic and locally grown foods and always has vegan/vegetarian/gluten free options available. Not to mention, it's delicious!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at my first year of Mills was one of the best experiences that has ever happened in my life. As a college that focuses on fostering a sense of community and welcoming students with diversity and acceptance, Mills dorm life has given me friends that will last for a lifetime.

    Academic Rigor

    Mills gets a bad rap for being an all women's college that is one of the worst party schools in the nation. We always like to say, if partying and socializing is what matters most to the general population of people, well than we don't mind not being a part of it! We are a campus full of folks who are focused on our educations, and who are challenged socially, personally, and academically every day. In that sense, it is academically rigorous, but it's an environment which fosters individual growth and self confidence, and most would be surprised at what they will accomplish when they attend our college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus! As a prospie, who was confused and overwhelmed, visting Mills campus provided me with the support and assurance I was looking for! Not only is it an incredibly beautiful environment, but the community of folks who were there to answer my every question and who made it their priority to make sure I had an awesome experience, were some of the most welcoming, and likeminded people I've ever met.

    In three sentences

    Mills is an incredibly welcoming, and openminded, progressive community of folks who have a passion for their community and are hungry for knowledge. If you are comfortable in an experimental, interdisciplinary, knowledge-focused environment, Mills is the place for you. We're an underrated, gem of a community with the most forward thinking, and determined, traditional to not-so-traditional aged women a campus could offer.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Despite the negative vibes that people get when they hear that Mills College is located in Oakland, Mills campus is one of the safest campuses I have been to. The school is small and nothing on campus happens that would make the students worry. Public safety, the campus security, does their best job to make the Mills experience a safe one. If anything does happen on campus or in the surrounding area, the Mills community is notified right away so that everyone is informed.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek life on campus, since Mills College is an all woman's college.

    Clubs and Activities

    Since Mills is such a small campus, we have a small selection of clubs to join. They range from political stand points to eco-friendly to physical activity to just because randomness. It is really easy to join a club and many clubs hold events for the Mills community such as dances and bake sales. Many clubs involve themselves in the greater Oakland community which is a great way to get to know the community outside Mills.

    Great for these types of students

    Mills is a great school for women who are ready to get down to business and determined to achieve their goals by focusing primarily on their education. Mills also supports the LGBTQ community. It is a campus for women who are open minded.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mills College has an on-site cemetery where the founders of the college are buried.

    Bang for the buck

    Even though Mills is a private school and it cost more to go to a private school, Mills is completely worth it. Also, Mills offers financial aid that may end up costing less to go to Mills then another public school. The small classrooms, the professional relationships that you develop with the faculty, readily available resources for students, and strong friendships formed make Mills an amazing school and completely bang for the buck.

    What to do for fun

    Mills is centrally located in the Bay Area. San Francisco is just a BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) ride away or a bus ride away. Luckily, Mills students get a Clipper card where we can use the bus system (AC Transit) for free. AC Transit helps you get around Alameda and Contra Costa County. There is also the Fox Theater, Grand Lake Theater, Farmers Market, Lakeshore, Jack London Square, Lake Merritt and many other attractions in Oakland, all of which are conveniently located.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining goes through an outside company called Bon Appetit. For the dining services for those who live on campus, they offer a variety of food and cater to those who have gluten allergies or prefer a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. The dining services are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is also the Tea Shop that is open all day that offers food and snacks for students and people from outside of the Mills Community. Bon Appetit uses ingredients that are locally grown. Another big thing that Mills values a lot is being eco-friendly so the majority of to go food containers bought through the dining services on campus are compostable.

    Dorm Life

    The majority of the dorms on campus are single rooms. You will be given a single room unless you request one. You can also request a roommate so you do no get put in a room with a stranger. The dorm buildings are beautiful and basic furniture is given to you. Hall meetings happen periodically and hall events such as Spa Night or Movie Night or going out on an excursion happen throughout the school year, exclusively to residents.

    Academic Rigor

    Mills is a rigorous school. Granted that different majors expect slightly different things from the students. Overall, Mills is not easy and work must be put into your classes in order to excel and gain the best college experience possible. Despite the tough times that occur with academics, the faculty and staff are more than happy to offer additional help with peer tutoring, teacher assistants and workshops in addition to class time. Since the campus is small, you get to go to professor's office hours without having to worry about having a long line in front of you and possibly not being able to meet with your professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Mills College is more than happy to offer campus tours throughout the year. Contact an admissions counselor for events for prospective students and any more information regarding the application process. Also, if you have an idea of what field you are interested in, contact a Mills professor for any questions regarding classes and academic requirements for a degree in a certain field.

    In three sentences

    Mills College is a small campus located in the heart of the Bay Area. Mills offers many services for students to make their college experience a memorable one with supportive staff and faculty. You definitely get all the help you need.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Mills is very safe. There are public safety cars riding around making sure everything is fine. They are extremely friendly and willing to answer questions.

    Greek Life

    No greek life

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs on campus which makes for a lot of great, inclusive activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Qwarky

    Bang for the buck

    Mills offers fantastic education and great scholarships. It is much cheaper for me than any of the UC's and I do not lose anything.

    What to do for fun

    All of the clubs are very time consuming and fun. There is a gym, pool, and equipment on campus. There are some near by food places and a trail around and through Mills. Lounges are fun as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food is alright. The dining committee is working on better packaging and labeling for all the food in the Tea Shop as well as more options in the dining hall for more unconventional eaters.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms, but what I hear there is little drama and many friendships.

    Academic Rigor

    Mills is perfect because it takes the stress out of learning. The teachers are well-trained and extremely educated. They take the time to help the students and even really difficult classes can have some ease to them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and stay on track with the semester! The best way to fit in on this campus is to be yourself and dive into extra curricular activities, but don't go to hard you're there for the education.

    In three sentences

    Mills is the most beautiful, lush campus, full of trees and archaic buildings. The campus is populated with a diverse group of welcoming, helpful, educated women and men. The small class size creates an atmosphere that encourages self-expression and questions.

  • 06/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    While Mills does sit in a not so great part of Oakland, it is still very safe! We have a campus that is gated and guarded 24/7. All the dorms require ID cards to access and there isn't much crime on campus. Overall, I feel very safe at Mills!

    Greek Life

    There isn't Greek Life at Mills. While there is a Frat you can join, there is not a Frat house. That being said, UC Berkley is very close, and if you are searching for Greek Life you can easily go from Mills to there for parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of clubs on campus, and you can join any sport. However, there is not much campus life on the weekends besides the events hosted by the OSA. Mills is trying to improve this though! They have increased school events and are trying to get more students involved on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Mills is great for student who want small class sizes and intimate interactions with their professors and classmates. For those worried about being a number instead of a face and a name, look no further! Mills is definitely the place for you!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are some really great places on campus to hang out including the oval and Adams Plaza. Every year, near Halloween, the Sophomore class takes the Freshwomen on a ghost tour of the campus.

    Bang for the buck

    While tuition is pretty high, Mills offers pretty great financial aid. It is almost as cheap for me to go to a state school as it is to go to Mills. Also, Mills' class sizes and tutoring services can't be matched by bigger schools. You definitely get a lot of bang for your buck here.

    What to do for fun

    There is lots to do in Oakland, including festivals and farmers markets. Nearby we have Berkley (which there is a shuttle to) and San Francisco (which is pretty easy to get to using either BART or buses. Lots of people like to go into SF for the night life.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of vegan and vegetarian options. Mills does a pretty good job, in comparison to other schools, with their food. There are several different dining options on campus. Most of the produce is local and organic.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Mills is pretty awesome. While it's generally pretty quiet, it also depends on who is in your residence hall. If you are looking for partying, there is partying (although there are no frats/sororities to party at since there are no men..), and if you are looking for quiet there is that as well. There are usually plenty of activities that go on in residence halls during the school year.

    Academic Rigor

    Mills is a tough school. Professors expect a lot from you, however, they really want you to do well. Mills does do a really great job in supporting students though. They offer peer tutoring as well as office hours with the professors and many places for students to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to participate in class and visit professors during visiting hours. There are peer tutors available if you need them (who are free for you to use), so use them! Also, don't be afraid to change majors! If you aren't enjoying what you're studying do something else!

    In three sentences

    Mills College is an all women's school that focuses on diversity and social justice. It's classes are small and allow for intimate discussions with professors and classmates. Here you will not be a number, but rather a face and a name!

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. The entire school is fenced in and there is a guard shack at the front gate. Entering cars must stop and state their intention and public safety regularly patrols the school.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are several clubs available to join, and it's very easy to start one if it's not offered.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone interested in social justice, members of the LGBTQ community, liberals, and English, Business, Art, and Computer Science majors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One unusual tradition the school has is the annual ghost tour, which visits various haunted areas on campus, including the cemetery. We also have a candle lighting ceremony for the freshmen at orientation.

    Bang for the buck

    As a private school it's a little pricey, but the overall experience is worth the price.

    What to do for fun

    We're close to all kinds of fun places. You can ride the free shuttle into Berkeley or Rockridge or ride the bus into Oakland or San Francisco. There are always things happening both on and off campus.

    Food and Dining

    Much better than most schools. They are accommodating for multiple diets, including vegan and gluten-free, and you can eat at either the dining commons or at the tea shop.

    Dorm Life

    They try their best to match you with hall mates you'll get along with, and the RAs and RD and usually available for anything. Every residence hall has a kitchen and a rec room with TV and DVD player.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging while still passable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the many visitation days offered by the school. They're a lot of fun and give you a good idea of whether or not the school is a good fit for you. Do your research and apply for as many scholarships as you can.

    In three sentences

    Mills College is a beautiful Bay Area all- women's school. They are academically rigorous and known for their work in social justice. Like all schools, it has its ups and downs, but overall it's a great place to learn and live.

  • 07/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 35

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Oakland, San Francisco, music, dining, beautiful parks.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty good, but a little expensive.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    High standards and intelligent faculty and student body.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask for financial aid. Visit the campus. Talk with as many people as possible to get a variety of perspectives. Attend intro events.

    In three sentences

    Mills students and faculty are dedicated to education and human development. The courses are challenging and rewarding and stretch the student to full capacity. Plus the campus is incredibly beautiful, an oasis dedicated to supporting the best outcomes possible.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    18 of 35

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Anything you want is available a short ways from the campus. Beach, mountain, forest, desert, cosmopolitan or simple it's all within a short drive.

    Food and Dining

    Good choices of a variety of fresh foods. Accomodates a large variety of dining preferences.

    Dorm Life

    The only school I applied to where singles are the norm and generously sized. Large variety of people makes dorm life interesting.

    Academic Rigor

    Top notch. Professors take time to get to know their students so that even though the classwork is hard help is easy to get.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your recommendations in early. Finishing the application before the deadline will get you an answer sooner. Mills lets you know early about admission. Financial aid is generous from the college as well.

    In three sentences

    Mills is a great college for women who want to try something new. They encourage students to look past preconceived notions of acceptable careers and explore all of their options. The faculty is top notch.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    19 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    While the campus is kind of in an odd part of Oakland, it's right at the entrance of the Oakland Hills (a nice part of Oakland), there's still some sketchy parts of Oakland right near the campus, but don't let it deter you, campus safety is huge, and the sketchyness has not found its way inside of Mills cool iron gates.

    Greek Life

    There is none, and it's not really needed, with the aforementioned LLCs and all the clubs and such on campus there's, again, really no need.

    Clubs and Activities

    Rowing is the huge thing on campus. The choir is also being brought back after being defunct for a number of years. There are also some really cool musical ensembles put together by the music department.

    Great for these types of students

    It's not good for slackers or partiers. It sounds like the amount of Mills parties is very small, so to go and party, you would have to go off campus. With that being said, I think it's good for women who are adventurous in one way or another, be it academically or not. And just like any college, you have to be smart with how you use your time!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Each class has a class color (mine is purple), so as each class is about to graduate, the campus explodes in that color, it's very neat and a nice show of affection for the students and the work the graduates have done. There are also grand pianos all over the campus because of Mills and it's tradition with music.

    Bang for the buck

    Mills appears to be very helpful when it comes to financial aid, especially if you have unique attributes and good academic standing. Mills is definitely pricey, but they are really good with helping closing the barrier between what you have to pay and what you can pay. The main thing is that you must communicate with the Financial Aid offices and to have ALL of your paper work in.

    What to do for fun

    There is a bus that will take you to Berkeley, which is literally 10 minutes away. The bus will also take you to the train station or to BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), by BART, San Francisco is only 20 minutes away (and the cost to get to SF by BART is usually under $5, much cheaper than gas!) There is also the Piedmont area in Oakland, which I am less familiar with, but it sounds very nice.

    Food and Dining

    There is both a tea shoppe and the general cafeteria. You can go into the cafeteria hall, swipe your food card, then get as much food as you want! And you don't have to hide the food that you're packing out. The food is GOOD, both times I have visited, the food has been spectacular, definitely not the high school lunches I've been witnessing the past four years. (I've heard that the food is provided by Bon Appeit). The only reason that it gets 4 stars is because the points system at the Tea Shoppe is a tad confusing.

    Dorm Life

    85% of the girls have their own dorms, the only people who have roommates are the people who ask specifically for a roommate! For your freshwoman year, you are arranged into LLC's (living learning communities), where you meet other girls. They are arranged based on where your dorm is (you pick your top 3 LLCs when filling out your housing) and also your interests. I think it's a great way to meet other people, especially when you have your own dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    While I have not yet attended classes, I have already received a book that there will be a freshwoman seminar on. This shows to me that Mills VALUES academics. I also sat in on an English Literature course, the class was full of discussion and seemed very into what the course and professor were covering.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have ANY questions at all, just call or shoot an email. The professors seem to like emails more and the admissions staff prefers you to call (unless stated otherwise). You ought to visit the campus and see if it is a fit for you, I was unsure of Mills until I visited the campus and fell in love with not only the campus but also the people there. While it is an all girls school, there are plenty of opportunities to meet other people, so don't let that factor drive you away! The website is also very manageable and is something prospective students should definitely look at.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus, there's a creek running through the middle of campus, great older dormitories and wonderful location! Extremely helpful admissions staff and professors who are very willing to help you. Can cross register at UC Berkeley starting your sophomore year, which is very cool.

  • 07/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    so many it hard to choose and encouraged to start your own if you are looking for something else and to promote leadership

    Great for these types of students

    Those who want academic rigor in a well supported friendly community environment that encourages growth, leaderhip and empowerment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Many traditions such asd the candle lighting ceremony at orientation.

    What to do for fun

    whole club is devoted to organizing trips in the Oakland asnd San Francisco area

    Food and Dining

    YUMMY! Many healthy options. There is a buffet style cafeteria and a tea shop with sanwiches and a salad bar in the hub of campus

    Academic Rigor

    Be prepared!!! Mills expects an AVERAGE of 9 hours of study time per week. If you want an A be prepared for more.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what you want when you get here if you are a transfer student. If you come as a freshman or have credits to spare as a transfer take advantage of the amazing classes in many areas. It just may spark you into a whole new dimension of future plans.

    In three sentences

    Mills is exactly what it says it stands for. It is an empowering supportive place to grow and prepare for a bright envisioned future. Mills College represents all I value.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have a 10 ft wall plus 24 hour security in the entrance.

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many great clubs, and if you feel like starting one your more than welcome.

    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking and focus women.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a very beautiful museum on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive but worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Go for walks on the trails and hang out in SF :) There is so much to do; your in the bay area.

    Food and Dining

    I like it, but there are different opinions.

    Dorm Life

    I will describe it in one sentence: it is not the typical college dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    One word: Challenging

    Tips for prospective students

    Be outside the box. Definitely have the grade but also be active in your community. Stay involved, not just Mills but any comprehensive college will love to see that you are on top of your stuff.

    In three sentences

    Mills is a great school. The faculty is always there to help you and answer your question. It is rare to come across such a wonderful school, and that's why I recommend Mills.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Nature lovers and students who like a small community

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Pine Top Fitness Trail is amazing.

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive for what it is if you don't receive scholarships or aid. Mills is great about scholarships and grants though.

    What to do for fun

    Walk around the gorgeous campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sit. In. On. Classes.

    In three sentences

    Mills is a gorgeous campus. The M Center isn't too helpful.= when deadlines roll around. The staff is amazing.

  • 09/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Feminists, LGB

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a cemetery in the woods

    What to do for fun

    Hiking the ill-maintained yet beautiful wooded trails, taking the Mills Shuttle to BART to visit the bay.

    Food and Dining

    Amazing food at ridiculously high prices.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for massive workload and don't be surprised if campus is not what you imagined it to be (the pictures lie!).

    In three sentences

    Small, beautiful, campus in bad Oakland area. Rigorous, reading-intensive program. Difficult professors with inclusive, individualized approach towards instruction

  • 09/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Mills campus safety is amazing. The public safety services are always there to make students feel safe, and offer to escort students to different buildings on campus after it is dark outside. While on the Mills Campus there is no reason to feel unsafe. The dorms have obvious limitations on access and all the doors leading to the outside have alarms. More than that it is required for anyone who chooses to bring a guest to stay with them on campus to escort them at all time in the dorm buildings.

    Greek Life

    Mills College actually does not have any Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Mills has an impressive array of clubs on campus which just goes to show how many different ways one can get involved. Furthermore these clubs also represent the different passions that each Mills student holds and steps that they take to share those very passions. Of course, there are some clubs that are more active than others, but still the existence of many clubs adds to the idea of leadership and initiative that all Mills women share.

    Great for these types of students

    Mills is an amazing place for anyone who is willing to step out of the box. Mills forces you to challenge yourself, and if you are not willing to step out of your comfort zone Mills might not be able to offer to you all that it really can. Mills is great for students to who want to find their voices, and for students who are passionate to make a change. Mills encourages students to get involved and do all that they can to get to what they want. If you are determined, or if you want to learn how to become determined Mills is perfect for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some Mills students like to chase ghosts of campus. Mills is an extremely old school that is packed with a rich history. One of these is chasing ghosts at the Mils cemetery (don't worry it's really not that big). Mills also has a variety of trails running through it, so in the case that one is feeling stressed, just going for a walk will get your mind off of things. One of the most beautiful traditions that happens during Freshmen Orientation is the candlelight ceremony. At this ceremony all incoming freshmen write three wishes on a piece of paper (one for themselves, one for their classmates, and one for the world) and tie them to the trees in the courtyard between the two freshmen dorms. Rumor has it that when they fall, the wishes will come true!

    Bang for the buck

    As a private university Mills tuition is not more than what might be typical of schools like it. Unfortunately due to the suffering economy Mills was not as able was it used to be to offer amazing financial aid packages to all of its students. Still, it has made amazing efforts to bring down its price tag through offering various merit scholarships as well as offer generous need-based financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    Mills College is in the best location. It's literally at the heart of the Bay Area with easy access to downtown Oakland, downtown Berkeley, and San Francisco. There is always something going on, on and off campus. People go out dancing, check out the different restaurants in the area, or stay on campus for a club meeting or activity. Mills also likes to throw dances during various points in the year, which is just another fun way of bringing some spirit into the school!

    Food and Dining

    Mills food is good! Our catering service is Bon Appetite who does as much as they can to bring organic and local foods to campus. One of the great things about Mills dining is how many vegan and vegetarian options they make available. Sensitive to everyone's dietary restrictions they try to make different foods as accessible as possible. Another fun and yummy thing that the cafeteria does is make foods that relate to different heritage months throughout the year. The lines for food are super long on those days!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Mills College are beautiful. They are all furnished with antique furniture and have grand pianos in the common rooms. 80% of the rooms on campus are singles! This provides for each student to have her own space within the larger community of students. Of course, there are also apartment and co-op options available on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Mills does not fail to challenge students within the classroom. Because of its small class sizes (about 10-20 students in an average class) students are help much more accountable for their work. Establishing a close relationship with professors is inevitable as a Mills student. These relationships can work to a students advantage in the long run by creating connections for future employment opportunities. The workload of most classes is about 4 hours out of class for every hour spent in lecture. Although it may seem like a lot, the professors have a way of making all subjects interesting and enjoyable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should make sure to bring a passionate attitude when they come to Mills. This does not necessarily mean that they should be passionate about one thing in particular, but be prepared to become passionate about the classes they are in. The small class sizes allow for much student engagement within the classroom, and the small student body size allows for even more engagement within the greater campus community. Mills, being an extremely diverse campus, provides for amazing opportunities to learn about and get to know different types of people. Anybody considering Mills should be aware of the fact that an open heart and an open mind are two very important keys to understanding Mills College.

    In three sentences

    Mills is an amazing place for women to find their voice in a safe and welcoming environment. At Mills, there is nothing holding you back, you are surrounded by empowering women inspiring you to change the world. Most importantly, Mills never lets its small size hold it back, and its mission for providing an education for its students comparable to some of the best institutions in the nation make Mills women the strong and proud women that they are.

  • 11/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Super safe. I leave my stuff, even my laptop, on a table when I leave for a moment from a cafeteria and a library. I feel so safe!

    What to do for fun

    I join with a couple of clubs.

    Food and Dining

    Exellent!

    Dorm Life

    Great!

    Academic Rigor

    I would say 4.5!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are ready for good your study, this school is the one for you.

    In three sentences

    Mills is a great school. It has a beautiful campus, and faculties are very friendly and helpful. If you just want to get a college degree, this school is not for you. Their classes are generally very challenging!

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Join the Mills family!

    In three sentences

    Mills is a very diverse place that allows everyone to be who they truly are. It is a wonderful place to explore different interest. The academics motivate students to go out into the world and do something important that they love.

  • 11/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    27 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The area around campus may not always be the safest, but on campus there is a sense of security and safety.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs on campus for all the different types of interests. If a club is not offered on your area of interest, it is easy to start your own and find people to join.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are ready to be challenged academically and who want to grow both intellectually and as a person. Students who like a diverse environment and are willing to work with people of different backgrounds.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is definitely worth it and the amount of financial aid offered is immense.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out at Mills. There is always something going on. Visit the neighboring communities. Berkeley and San Francisco are also close and fun to explore.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. There is an amazing variety and considerations taken into account. Vegan and vegetarian options are always available, as well as gluten-free and other variations.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are really nice and well taken care off. The way the dorms are situated allows people to bond and build long-lasting friendships.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses vary in difficulty, but not in quality. Although some classes are harder than others, they are all taught by notable professors who put their students first and offer help to whoever needs it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to try something different. Get out of your comfort zone and take a risk.

    In three sentences

    This college offers the rigorous courses needed to prepare students for the future. The diversity of the student body is amazing. The sense of community at Mills gives a sense of belonging for everyone.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    28 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Though the college is located in Oakland near the freeway, any gunshots heard are far away and do not occur often and the gate has 24/hour security posted.

    Greek Life

    I am unaware of any on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are very few clubs and organizations that have a true presence on campus; but those that do, such as Mouthing Off (Gay/Straight Alliance) are very vocal.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is wonderful for the LGBTQ community and is very accepting in regard to lifestyle choices.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At the beginning of the year, the incoming freshwomen write down their hopes and dreams for themselves, for the other freshwomen, and for the world on a notecard and tie the cards to plants in the courtyard between the two freshwomen dorms.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is absolutely wonderful for those who can afford it, but the tuition is incredibly high.

    What to do for fun

    There is a bus which takes students straight from the college campus to the financial district in San Francisco, not far from the Embarcadero. Also, First Friday the art murmur is accessible by bus each month.

    Food and Dining

    The food is absolutely terrible unless you are accustomed to eating vegan and vegetarian meals that are incredibly bland.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm rooms are incredibly spacious and first year students have the affordable option of a single room rather than a shared room. These rooms are gorgeous and all have incredible views.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are spaced incredibly well and the workload is quite light.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students must be entirely sure that they can handle a single sex school. Though this offers a lot of security and safety, the amount of women on campus can become overwhelming. Also, the cafeteria is atop a large hill with food which does not make up for the climb.

    In three sentences

    Mills College is a safe space for young women to truly discover themselves as well as grow and learn. The gorgeous campus, large dorm rooms, and grand classrooms offer an ideal setting for learning and fun. For a student looking for small class sizes, mild weather, and the best the Bay Area has to offer, this college is perfect.

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    In the middle of Oakland, this campus is safe, quiet and peaceful.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are encouraged and supported. Anything goes from math to knitting and figure drawing.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Wonderful college social life, with many culturally inclusive on-campus activities.

    Bang for the buck

    Mills provides financial support to many of its students. For the high quality of education, it is very reasonably priced.

    What to do for fun

    Oakland is a large and diverse city, lots to do.

    Food and Dining

    Great food both at the Tea-shop and the cafeteria, not cheap but great quality.

    Dorm Life

    I'm not in the dorms, but heard great things about dorm culture and community.

    Academic Rigor

    High expectations and rigorous studying experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Experiment with classes in other majors, Mills has a great anthropology and sociology departments, music and art. Mills is open for mix majors. Rigorous high quality education in an incredibly supportive environment.

    In three sentences

    Mills is a women's college that encourages community and a non-competitive inclusive learning atmosphere. Small class size and personalized teaching supports a diverse student body. A beautiful campus and a comprehensive education, that's Mills.

  • 02/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Mills is a bubble; I've never felt unsafe at all.

    Greek Life

    non-existent

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs and activities on campus, but finding out about them is difficult. There is no utilization of social media on campus to get information out to the student body.

    Great for these types of students

    Academically driven | liberal | artsy |

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is supposed to be a fireplace-esque thing located off the trail out in the woods of campus, but I've yet to go there.

    Bang for the buck

    Mills is expensive, but the knowledge and people you will gain while here will counter-act the financial costs. There are also loads of (FREE) services available to the students, make sure you take advantage of those! I just went to career services today and was able to have my resume looked over, I now know how to make my resume more efficient and concise.

    What to do for fun

    Berkeley is a (free) shuttle away. There is always something to do if you bored right in dorms, too: take, for instance, mattress surfing down three flights of stairs! Did that!

    Food and Dining

    Founders is not very good at all--don't get me wrong, they have their moments, and everything is supposed to fresh (farm to fork initiative) but some times the food just falls flat. Thank goodness they have a cereal bar. Tea Shop is good, however somewhat expensive and is not open on Saturday or late at night.

    Dorm Life

    I've heard first-years get best dorms. Halls become your close family at Mills. If anyone is ever sick or needs anything, someone in your hall will definitely help you out. Hall-mates are some the funnest people you will know!

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are very academically rigorous; which will require at least 3-5 hours of homework a week. But professors and TAs are readily available for help. And if you allow, your classes can actually be fun and entertaining!

    Tips for prospective students

    In your first year, experiment with classes. Remember that there are general education requirements to be full-filled in addition to your intended major. Try something different--but all the while, try to think ahead with the type of classes you choose.

    In three sentences

    Mills is an experience: a very pretty school with great academics. I've never felt more challenged and yet more supported in my entire educational career. Mills pushes me to my full potential.

  • 04/09/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    31 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The school is surrounded by a wall and gated off from the outside neighborhood. There is only one way in and out. Once you get on campus, it feels like a completely different world separate from Oakland. It is peaceful, serene, and safe.

    Greek Life

    None!

    Great for these types of students

    Artsy, LGBT, Creative, Quiet, Rigorous Students, Strong Empowered Women

    Bang for the buck

    It's pretty pricey but they are very generous with their financial aid (my award package was around $48,000) and are willing to work with you to make sure you are able to attend their school.

    What to do for fun

    San Francisco is just a little ways away! In the sity, there are many places to go such as Pier 39, China Town, Union Square, Alcatraz, and much much more. Berkeley is also not too far away and offers a wide range of entertaining, dining, etc.

    Food and Dining

    I hear the food is quite delicious and they offer a variety of options for vegetarians and vegans. I'm personally not a vegetarian or a vegan so i hope they have a good selection of meat!

    Dorm Life

    Incoming freshmen get put into an LLC (Living Learning Community) of their choice where they will be able to bond with other girls who have the same interests with them as well participate in outings, programs and sometimes classes. Most dorms are SINGLE rooms, which means no roommate! Unless you want one.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start looking for outside scholarships early because you will most likely need them to help pay for your tuition and fees. Visit the campus, it's absolutely beautiful and you'll be able to get a feel for the type of community the school offers as well meet some of the current students there!

    In three sentences

    Three words: Beautiful, Challenging, Accepting.

  • 07/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 of 35

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There's nothing much to do in Oakland and its not exactly the friendliest neighborhood, but the Mills shuttle goes to Berkeley where there are loads of darling shops, cafes and street fairs on weekends. There's The City too of course which is just a stone's throw away.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Founders gets a lot of flack because it can be a bit repetitive and sometimes a little bland but most of the time it is really wonderful. There is always a wide selection at the salad bar, lots of organic and minimally processed dishes and the water has fruit in it...so I'm not complaining.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very involved...there's no hiding because most of them are between 8-15 students. The assignments themselves aren't always difficult, its just that there are often a lot of them at once. The upside of small classes, however, is that the professors (at least in my experience) are incredibly flexible and willing to give you room to extend deadlines and alter assignments to suit your interests.

    Tips for prospective students

    Mills doesn't advertise its resources like it should so connect with someone who's already been there, talk to the librarians and familiarize yourself with the staff to get the maximum benefit for what you're paying! Do take a book art class..they're incredible and very fun.

    In three sentences

    Mills offers enriching, intimate and engaging class settings and connections with brilliant professors. The campus is stunning and the buildings have lots of charm with plenty of lovely nooks to study in. It is incredibly liberal and feminist in its philosophy.

  • 12/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    33 of 35

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. Even though it is located in Oakland and you can often hear police sirens in the distance, the whole campus is gated and there is only one entrance with a security post that is staffed 24/7. Campus security also patrols the campus, and are also available to help with various things if you call them. The school will also send both email and text message alerts if anything happens on campus or in the surrounding area (which it rarely does). And the crime statistics on Mills are much lower than any other college I've ever looked at.

    Greek Life

    There are no fraternities or sororities at Mills.

    Great for these types of students

    The college is great for anyone who is academically driven, those who might feel like they don't fit in other places, and people who tend to have more liberal social and political views will feel very comfortable here.

    Bang for the buck

    It is true that Mills is quite expensive, as all private colleges are, but they do offer decent financial aid, usually more than public colleges do. If you can afford it, or are willing to take out the student loans, the quality of education you will receive is definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Mills really has a lot to offer as there are a lot of talented students in the arts. There is an art museum on campus, as well as a theater, and a music hall, and there are also poetry and prose readings. Again, it is not a party school, but the college shuttle does go right to Berkeley where there is a lot to do, and BART which can take you almost anywhere in the bay area so San Francisco is always an option as well.

    Food and Dining

    Mills really tries to provide good quality food with vegetarian and vegan options, and its is true the food is better than the unhealthy junk food serves at a lot of colleges, but it's not amazing. The breakfasts and lunches they serve at the dining hall are alright, but dinner tends to be lacking, and after a while it is easy to become tired of everything, as they tend to repeat the same foods over and over, still at least they are always inclusive and aware of various dietary needs and restrictions.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms on the Mills campus are very nice. Most dorm rooms are singles (you have to specifically request to be in a double) so you can have as much privacy as you want, the dorms in the older buildings are really charming and have a lot of character, and all the rooms are pretty spacious. Every residence hall has a nice common room, and most of the main common rooms have a grand piano which is a nice touch.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically Mills is wonderful. One of the best things about a small private college is that the class sizes are always small (about 15-20 students per class) and the teachers really get to know you and your work. Every class is challenging, but in an inspiring way as the subject matter is often connected to social justice, and there are no easy A classes. The atmosphere of Mills is academic as well, it is not really a party school, and you are likely to find motivation and support from your peers.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is important to visit the campus before making a decision to attend Mills, as it is a small liberal arts college and very unique, and therefor not suited for everyone. Getting a few good letters of recommendation really helps, as does having quality essays as those can sometimes be more important than test scores or GPAs. Be open to the idea of an all women's college, and have an idea of what you want to major in so you can make sure the school offers it.

    In three sentences

    Mills College is little known gem located in Oakland, the campus is surprisingly beautiful and picturesque. The majority of students and faculty at the college really strive to uphold the college's mission of social justice, and overall provides a very open and academic environment.

  • 12/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    One can walk around campus with friends, take a jog on the running trails, visit the Tea Shop, lie down on the grass in front of Mills Hall and read, get involved in sports and clubs, and attend events.

    Food and Dining

    For the most part, the food is fresh and home made. Vegan, vegetarian, and a whole lot of options are always available. It's an all-you-can-eat buffet, which is pretty cool. The food is good. It's not what you will get at a fancy restaurant of course, but it's definitely not high-school-cafeteria-like...WAY better than that. Can't complain.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! The small size of the campus makes it even more convenient to get to where you want to be. Also, remembering that you live in a campus that has been there for so long, since the late 1800's, is pretty amazing.

    Academic Rigor

    Mills professors and classes are very intellectually and academically enriching. It doesn't necessarily mean that they are so stressfully challenging, but that they are very insightful and complex in that you think in very different ways that allow you to become even more of an open-minded person so that when you are out in the real world, you are aware and critical of your surroundings.

    Tips for prospective students

    I highly recommend visiting campus and if you are accepted, definitely attend the one-night program where you can stay for Mills at one night with a student at Mills who will be your host.

    In three sentences

    Mills is wonderful. Everyone is welcoming, helpful, and passionate about what they do. The small campus makes it easier to make close friends with others.

  • 07/09/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Mills College has its own department of public safety. The campus itself is quiet and relatively safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek like is non-existent at this campus. If that is the college experience you want, this is not the college for you. Or, alternatively, you could visit other campuses to party if you're looking to have a break from the Mills life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Because Mills culture focuses so much on academia, it's often difficult to find a club that has an ample amount of members. The biggest student-sponsored event of the year is the Black and White Ball, which is the winter formal. Sports are not absent from Mills. There is an active softball club, and DIII tennis, soccer, rowing, cross country, and swimming teams. There is a gym and pool on campus. The pool is a destination in itself! Many travel all the way from San Francisco (and farther) just to swim in it. The gym has plenty of equipment to fit your needs, and friendly staff to teach you how to use it.

    Bang for the buck

    Mills College takes pride in providing financial assistance to economically disadvantaged students. More than half of my tuition was covered by scholarships provided by Mills, and I only needed to take out federal loans. Considering this is a 4-year BSN program, the academic rigor and networking you experience at Mills will enable you to find a position and pay of student loans in a very efficient manner.

    What to do for fun

    Don't let the news scare you -- there are plenty of things to do in Oakland! The closest sports complex is a bus or BART ride away, and so is Downtown Oakland. There is also a shuttle that stops at the edge of UC Berkeley's campus.

    Food and Dining

    Mills College contracts Bon Appetit to cater their events, coffee shop, and dining hall. The food is primarily seasonal and local, though this often means a compromised selection of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Fortunately, the campus shuttle runs to a Trader Joes, and there are plenty of local farmer's markets around town.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are primarily single, and there is a rather liberal guest policy. Overall, the experience is entirely what you make it; you can choose to be friends with your neighbors, or you can't. Each dorm hall has a different environment, and can change due to the nature of the dorm selection process. First years often do not have as much of a say in which building they will live, but their dorms are in one of the more convenient locations on campus. After your first year, you participate in room draw, where you and your friends can choose where you want to live. For best results, try to find a hall where you all can live together.

    Academic Rigor

    The pre-nursing program is structured in a way that is unique. Half of the curriculum is split between Mills College, which focuses on the liberal arts and fundamental sciences, and Samuel Merritt University, where the student starts clinical work. The two years spent at Mills are focused on the fundamental biological and social sciences needed to establish a social justice-oriented nursing practice. The more challenges you experience in your first and second years, the smoother academic transition you will have at Samuell Merritt University. Despite the immense challenge, the faculty is highly supportive if you have the courage to approach them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don' t let the reputation of Oakland or an all women's college keep you from applying to their nursing program! The education you receive at Mills is known throughout the country, and the academic rigor you experience remains virtually unmatched.

    In three sentences

    Excellent nursing program. Each of the classes pre-nursing students take is meant to challenge the student and in turn encourage an intersectional, social justice-based nursing practice.