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Mills College

5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA

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Mills College is a liberal arts college that offers an undergraduate education and assists students in developing important skills useful in pursuit of graduate education or employment. A liberal arts curriculum exposes students to a variety of topics and subjects. The school is located in Oakland, California, which is a predominately urban area. Enrollment at Mills College exceeds 1,600 per year.

Areas of study available at Mills College include:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • English Language And Literature
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Psychology
  • Education
  • Ethnic Cultural And Gender Studies

To be considered for admissions, students may be required to complete an application, write a personal statement, and submit school records, which are then evaluated by the admissions office. The majority of students accepted to Mills College have an SAT score within the range of 1570 - 1910, or an ACT composite score between 24 - 29. This school accepts about 60 percent of applicants yearly. Of those accepted, about 13 percent of students registered for enrollment. More information on admissions can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is nearly $43,000, but may change per year. Students are encouraged to visit the school's net price calculator to better estimate their cost of attendance. Housing may be available for students that would like to live on-campus at an estimated cost of $6,000 annually. Students at Mills College may qualify for aid which is typically scholarships, grants, and loans.

Mills College participates in intercollegiate athletic programs through the NAIA's California Pacific Conference in Cross Country or Track & Field.

Students may visit the school's http://www.mills.edu to view additional information.

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Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may provide a better idea of the candidates Mills College accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of students who were accepted, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better idea of your chances of getting accepted to Mills College.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Recommended
  • High School Academic Ranking are Recommended
  • Letters of Recommendation are Required
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
SAT ® Critical Reading530 - 660
SAT ® Math520 - 620
SAT ® Writing520 - 630
SAT ® Total Score1570 - 1910

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English0 - 0
ACT ® Math0 - 0
ACT ® Composite Score24 - 29

Acceptance Rate Table

We have provided a table below which represents your chance for admission at Mills College.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions1,284 (57%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled168 (13%)

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Mills College is around 1,600 students, with undergraduate students making up about 60% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition is estimated to be around $43,000 per year for in-state and nonresident students
  • For part-time students, charges are between $6,500-$7,800 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid97%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships96%$25,400
Receiving Student Loans78%$6,167

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 2%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, Mills College may offer services like those listed below:

  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Employment search assistance

Graduation Rates

Mills College has an overall graduation rate which is around 57%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years47%
Graduating in 5 Years5%
Graduating in 6 Years1%

Programs Offered

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Business and Marketing Studies

  • Business Economics (B, M)

English Language and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

  • Pre-Medicine, Pre-Medical Studies (C)
  • Pre-Nursing Studies (C)



Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

  • Ethnic Studies (B)
  • Womens Studies (B)
  • United States Studies (B)
  • Latin American Studies (B)
  • Chicano Studies

Social Sciences

Public Administration and Social Services

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Music (B, M)
  • Fine Studio Arts (M)
  • Art Studies (B)
  • Dance (B, M)
  • Music Performance (M)
  • Intermedia, Multimedia (B)
  • Music Theory and Composition (M)
  • Art History (B)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology (B)
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (B)

Family and Consumer Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics


Interdisciplinary Studies

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • French Language and Literature (B)
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures (B)
  • Spanish Language and Literature (B)
  • Comparative Literature

Computer and Information Sciences

  • Computer (M)

Liberal Arts and Sciences

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