Mills was founded in 1852 as the Young Ladies’ Seminary in Benicia, California—two years after California became a state. In 1865, missionaries Susan and Cyrus Mills (champions for equal education for women) bought the seminary and renamed it Mills College.
At Mills, you’ll find a challenging learning environment that values ideas, encourages debate, and empowers students to be creative, independent thinkers. You’ll have one-of-a-kind opportunities for scientific research, creative experimentation, and social advocacy. In and out of the classroom, you’ll critically analyze issues, develop new artistic forms, and solve real-world problems while working with faculty who are committed to your success.
At Mills, you may practice research methods such as fieldwork, archival research, interviews, lab experiments, and interdisciplinary collaborations across numerous areas of study. You’ll delve into questions that no one else has answered before, develop creative problem-solving abilities, practice technical skills relevant to your chosen career, and gain insight into the topics and type of work that you’re most passionate about. In addition, Mills offers dozens of grants and special research opportunities exclusively for undergraduates.
The Mills career services team helps students tap into all of the professional opportunities that are available when you’re living in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area. At Mills, we call career services Career Connections and Community Engagement (CCCE) because we want you to do more than just get a job—we want you to engage with your community.
We offer a range of housing options for both undergraduate and graduate students (families, too) depending on your class year and age, and we can accommodate students with disabilities, allergies, service or emotional support animals, and other special needs. We also offer 12-hour quiet housing and a gender-fluid living community.
When you enter the light-filled F. W. Olin Library, you’re surrounded by centuries of knowledge spanning the arts and sciences. Search the catalog of more than 240,000 volumes or explore the Special Collections in the Heller Rare Book Room—which include thousands of rare books and manuscripts including a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio, a Mozart manuscript, and a leaf from a Gutenberg Bible.
Mills is always looking for new ways to use technology to improve the academic and social experience on campus. The F. W. Olin Library offers 24/7 online access to articles, journals, and databases. Course materials, faculty webcasts, and group discussions are hosted on Blackboard.
At Mills, we support healthy living on campus in a variety of ways, from offering fresh, organic food options to providing wellness resources. As a student here, you can access the Student Health Center, our fitness center and athletic facilities, as well as connect with a network of campus and community resources that can help you make smart lifestyle choices.
As a Mills student, you’ll live and study in one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the United States. You’ll explore Oakland’s unique neighborhoods and benefit from all that our location on the Pacific Rim has to offer. Arts organizations, healthcare providers, tech giants, and nonprofits also call this area home—and we keep tabs on internships and job openings for students to explore. Our faculty has deep roots in the San Francisco Bay Area’s creative, academic, and professional communities and can often connect you to one-of-a-kind resources and learning opportunities.
Mills gives you the opportunity to exercise both your body and your mind. We field six NCAA Division III varsity teams for undergraduate students led by top-notch coaches who are passionate about teaching and team building. Your coaches and teammates will challenge and support you as you achieve excellence—on the field, in the classroom, and in your life.
Our student clubs represent the interests and passions of our students. Some are social or political. Some celebrate shared identities, an academic subject, or a career path. Others center around hobbies or entertainment. If you don’t find a club that speaks to you, you can blaze a trail and start your own.
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.