Mills College is a private, liberal arts college located in Oakland, California. The college’s undergraduate program is exclusively open to women, though its graduate program is open to students of all genders. Mills has a unique core curriculum, which encapsulates ten different areas of knowledge under three categories: foundational skills, modes of inquiry, and contributions to knowledge & community. Undergraduate students entering Mills are provided with a support team through the school’s MPOWER program, which will guide their academic journey and prepare them for their unique career goals.
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Not for Profit
This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission
In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
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+ amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
+ amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
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Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
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Students Receiving Grants
Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
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Students Borrowing Loans
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Average Debt at Graduation
The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
Median Monthly Loan Payment
The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
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.
Rebekah from Vallejo, CA
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.
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.
Emily from San Ramon, CA
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.
Elizabeth from Citrus Heights, CA
Mills focuses on a variety of things including social justice, food sustainability, and environmental sustainability. Important discussions pertaining to these topics occur on campus in and out of class sessions. Everything is extremely important for racial, gender, and class equality and equity for one's future career.
Ina from Montrose, CA
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.
Marie from Los Angeles, CA
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.