Mills College

Oakland, CA

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Mills College

Mills College

Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 4 Review

On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars

Student Ratings

Reviews for Mills College

Alumnus - Grad Year 1981

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I graduated in 1981 with Honors in Psychology. Mills prepared me well to take the GRE Advanced test in Psych. In general, the courses are well taught, and there is a lot of freedom to set your own program. The courses offered are many and varied. Despite the small student body size and small classes, Mills does not quite deliver on its promise of close faculty-student interaction. I was basically on my own to apply to grad programs. Alumnae could be "tapped" more for their advice, mentoring. There are many, many alums I personally know are out there with spectacular careers!

Academics

Workload: pretty easy. Class size: small. Not hard to get high grades.

College Life

Beautiful campus. Outstanding food. The dorms are gorgeous. Campus safety is a bit "iffy," though, given the so-so neighborhood surrounding Mills. Students can travel to Berkeley for social events. Proximity to San Francisco is a huge plus when it comes time to look for a job. The Career Center was a nice library of college and grad school catalogs, but there were almost no campus recruiters at the time I was there.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2004

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

Mills offered me an amazing academic experience and has a beautiful campus- it's an overall great school. It's definitely not for everyone as it's a women's college and extremely liberal. I enjoyed my time living on campus, although it's not in the best neighborhood in Oakland.

Academics

This school has an above average Psychology department and offers the ability for students looking to go to grad school get a head stat by taking the Research track and writing and undergrad thesis. This was the first place I was ever challenged and excited by my classes.

College Life

It's a very small school with a diverse population, but it's all women, so that can be limiting for some. Do not come to Mills if you are looking to join a sorority, have a fabulous social life, or party. There are lots of organizations to join and activities to do, but they are not like the ones at typical schools.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2001

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

Mills College is California's best kept acadmic secret... believe me, I've attended numerous junior colleges, one UC, and a very expensive private Catholic university, all in California... and Mills trumped them all! Here's the bottom line: Mills is a very good school with a small classes, always good and sometimes great professors, and a beautiful campus. It's in the heart of the Bay Area (one of the most amazing places to live in the world), it has a diverse student body despite the small numbers, and it has a very good reputation. I've never told anyone that I went to Mills College without receiving some sort of compliment or nod of appreciation... even though you may not know it yet, Mills College is a great school... and almost everyone else (including employers) knows this too!

Academics

Even though Mills is a small school, they do have a good variety of courses, and (at least when I was there) you could cross-enroll at UC Berkeley and take any course that wasn't offered at Mills that sesmester. There is a shuttle that takes you directly to UC Berkeley's campus, so you can get to and from classes (and downtown Berkeley!) very easily, and reliably. I majored in Sociology but took a lot of courses outside my discipline, mostly journalism and anthropology. My professors were all very experienced and interesting, even if they were no longer practising in their field. I was also able to switch academic advisors, and senior thesis advisors with no fuss... so while I had to be self-motivated to get the help I needed, there were no barriers (unlike most of the other schools I have attended, where I literally had no choice as to whom would guide my academic progress and success). Here's the best part, at least for me: my average class had 10 people in it. 10! My friends who went to UCB at the time often had to fight to get into core classes, and once they were in, had up to 200 classmates!

College Life

Here's the downside. You have a beautiful little campus, with a nice pool, a beautiful library, gorgeous greens to study on.... and that's sort of it. It's in a rough neighborhood, not somewhere that you want to explore until you've gotten some street smarts. That being said, it's a very quick drive (I don't know about buses, but if you're going without a car, just make friends with students who drive) to the best parts of Oakland, Berkeley, and San Francisco. As I mentioned earlier, there's a regular shuttle to and from the UCB campus, so getting to Berkeley is easy.... and from there you can go wherever you want for food, fun, etc.! As for the student body.... while the udergrad. is all female, the graduate program is co-ed, so you do see men on campus.... but not in your class. It was a good combination for me. All-female classes allowed me to really focus on what was being taught, without the distraction of boys. I never missed their presence, but seeing them around campus did make the whole Mills experience feel pretty balanced.


Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

Mills is a very beautiful and historic liberal art college up in the hills of Oakland. Though comparatively small, the women's college is great for art, music, education, and English majors.

Academics

The class sizes are small-no more than thirty students and as low as eight students. The professors are very helpful-quick to respond and interpersonal. There are also TAs and tutoring opportunities.

College Life

The students are strong, artistic individuals. There is a good amount of clubs, organizations, athletics, and activities. The campus is very safe and each residence hall has a grand piano.


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