be Emboldened to
be Empowered to
make a statement.
at mills, we encourage you to stand up for your ideas AND speak out for YOUR convictions. Most of all, we want you to feel empowered to make a statement that makes a positive difference—for you, for your life, and for the ideals that matter to you. We’ll give you the freedom to be yourself, and the support you may need along the way.
Each year, our tradition is that Mills seniors make their statements—with paint. They celebrate their successes, illustrate their favorite sayings, and leave a legacy of inspiration for the students who follow in their footsteps.
WHO WE ARE
at mills, every detail focuses on giving you the education you need to
achieve your dreams. LAUREL GEORGE NELSON CLASS OF 2000
Where we stand At Mills, we’ll help you tap into your boldness and determination, creativity and conviction. You’ll get an education that sharpens your intellect and expands your horizons. You’ll discover that you can do anything you set your mind to.
Here you will become part of an inclusive community of inspiring women. You’ll learn from faculty dedicated to encouraging independent thinkers. And you’ll experience an education as individual as you are.
IN THE WEST —U.S. News & World Report
AMONG THE IN THE WEST
FOR ACADEMIC QUALITY AND PRICE
—U.S. News & World Report in “Great Schools, Great Prices”
where we came from
Six years later, the school moved to its current 135-acre oasis in Oakland, with 125 students. The College grew quickly, with students of diverse faiths and backgrounds enrolling from many states and countries. In 1920, Mills again broke new ground, adding graduate programs for women and men to its academic offerings.
MILLS STUDENTS ENJOY
SMALL CLASSES WITH EXCELLENT TEACHING IN ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S
MOST DESIRABLE LOCATIONS. –Fiske Guide to Colleges 2016
WITH AN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM THAT EMPHASIZES SKILLS CRITICAL FOR SUCCEEDING IN THE REAL WORLD,
MILLS WOMEN ARE SURE TO GRADUATE AS INDEPENDENT
–Fiske Guide to Colleges 2016
Mills has always been a college of firsts. Among women’s colleges, we were:
BEST COLLEGES IN
THE NATION —The Princeton Review
—The Princeton Review
who we are
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.
• The first west of the Rockies • The first to create a computer science major
• One of the first to offer a modern dance major • The first to enact an admission policy for transgender applicants
“I came into Mills thinking that I would follow a certain path, but it opened up a lot of ways for me to view my future.” —SOO CHOI CLASS OF 2013
“Within my first year, Mills changed my whole outlook on life. I gained pride, confidence, knowledge, and a sense of individuality.” —NICOLE WASHINGTON CLASS OF 2012
DONE WELL, A LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION IS A
GYMNASIUM FOR THE MIND. DAN RYAN ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY
Your professors will invite you to turn everything you think you know upside down and inside out. They’ll invite you to ask questions and dig deep for answers. At Mills, you’ll embark on a course of discovery that’s surprising, intellectually challenging, and always stimulating.
Mills students work closely with our renowned faculty to actively explore their interests and get hands-on experience in far-ranging fields. Our students have the freedom to design their own majors, independent projects, and research. Often they choose to investigate how different disciplines inform and enhance each other, such as dance and sociology, or math and philosophy. At Mills, your input and initiative define the course of your education.
OF OUR FACULTY
% FEMALE FACULTY
% FACULTY OF COLOR
compared to 13% for other highly selective private, nonsectarian four-year colleges*
At Mills, you will study with scholars recognized for their one-of-a-kind expertise:
• Authors who have written books of poetry, fiction, and literary criticism • Scientists who have authored the textbooks college students across the country use in class • Artists whose work is exhibited in museums around the globe
Mills faculty are both fiercely dedicated to teaching and passionately engaged in research and creative endeavors. They will inspire you to pursue your own path with enthusiasm.
HAVE PUBLISHED A BOOK, MANUAL, OR MONOGRAPH
OF OUR FACULTY
compared to 33% for other highly selective private, nonsectarian four-year colleges
OF OUR FACULTY
HAVE PUBLISHED ONE OR MORE ARTICLES IN AN ACADEMIC/ PROFESSIONAL JOURNAL
compared to 83% for other highly selective private, nonsectarian four-year colleges
*HERI Faculty Survey 2014
“What’s extraordinary about Mills is that students are noticed, listened to, and held accountable. And it transforms them.” —SARAH POLLOCK PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH AND JOURNALISM
African and African Diaspora Studies minor American Studies major, minor Anthropology major, minor Art History major, minor Art (Studio) major, minor Asian Studies minor Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major (BA and BS) Biology major (BA and BS), minor Biopsychology major (BA and BS) Book Art minor Business Economics major Chemistry major (BA and BS), minor Child Development major, minor College Major major (self-designed) Computer Science major, minor Dance major, minor Economics major, minor English with Emphasis in Creative Writing major English with Emphasis in Literature major, minor Environmental Science major (BA and BS) Environmental Studies major, minor Ethnic Studies major, minor French and Francophone Studies major, minor Government major, minor History major, minor Intermedia Arts major, minor International Relations major Journalism minor Latin American Studies major, minor Literary and Cultural Studies major, minor Mathematics major (BA and BS), minor Music major, minor Philosophy major, minor Physics minor Political, Legal, and Economic Analysis major Psychology major, minor Public Policy major, minor Queer Studies minor Religious Studies minor Sociology major, minor Spanish and Spanish American Studies major, minor Theater Studies major, minor Urban Education minor Women, Leadership, and Social Change minor Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies major Women’s Studies minor
majors & minors
Bachelor’s-to-Master’s Accelerated Degree Programs: Business (MBA), Computer Science, Early Childhood Education, Education with Teaching Credential, Infant Mental Health, Mathematics, and Public Policy See www.mills.edu/undergrad for the most current lists.
mills keeps classes small to ensure t
every voice is he As our students delve into what they’re studying, they participate in informed debate, insightful questioning, and respectful listening. This lively back and forth requires you to truly engage with what you’re learning—to consider different points of view, define your opinions, and push yourself to expand your thinking.
As part of this active academic dialogue, many Mills students work alongside faculty both in and outside of the classroom. They put what they’re learning into practice: presenting at conferences, staging performances, contributing to original research, curating exhibitions, and coauthoring journal articles. Your opportunities for exploration extend beyond our campus, too. Cross-register to take a class at UC Berkeley. Take on a service learning project in the community or an internship at an organization like the Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools, the San Francisco Chronicle, East Bay Community Law Center, Apple, or Warner Music Group. Spend a semester or a year abroad just about anywhere in the world, including the Dominican Republic, Italy, and Madagascar.
We keep our curriculum as engaging and imaginative as our students. Try these courses: BIO 049: Evolution for Future Presidents COLL 080: POW! The Politics, Culture, and Science of Superheroes CS 133: Cryptography and Network Security
“Our innovative theater major combines the artistic discipline and training of an intense studio program and the intellectual rigor and scholarly breadth of a first-class liberal arts college.” —SONYA DELWAIDE ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF DANCE
ENG 109: The Craft of the Young Adult Novel ETHS 166: Women of Color in Social Movements HIST 111: Cuisine History LET 168: Hispanic Women’s Cinema MUS 112: Cross-Currents in Rock Music PSYC 145: Positive Psychology: The Science of Well-Being
In fall 2014, Mills made a groundbreaking move, adding to its renowned arts offerings a new major and minor: Theater Studies. In partnership with the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, students gain performance experience, join the Bay Area arts community, and collaborate with top-notch theater professionals, all while continuing their liberal arts studies at Mills.
EDUC 140: Hip Hop Pedagogy
SOC 156: Sociology of Oakland WGSS 105: Sexuality and the City
Or participate in our domestic exchange program with schools such as Wellesley, Swarthmore, and Howard. For those who want to complete two degrees in just five years, Mills offers seven accelerated bachelor’s-tomaster’s degree programs, in business (MBA), computer science, early childhood education, education with teaching credential, infant mental health, mathematics, and public policy.
Check www.mills.edu/academics for the most current list of courses.
SPECIAL PROGRAMS • Engineering • Law • Medicine/Health Sciences
• English • Psychology • Biology • Political, Legal, and Economic Analysis (PLEA) • Economics
people here are so encouraging.
they help me to grow.
Interdisciplinary work makes up a major component of the Mills experience. It combines our commitment to independent thinking, innovative curriculum, and individualized education.
Soon after she arrived at Mills, Alvarez started working at the Mills College Art Museum. An avid art history major, she immersed herself in the museum’s extensive collection, digitizing its holdings—an essential step in preserving the work and making it available for other scholars to study. She also applied for and won a summer internship at the prestigious Los Angeles County Museum of Art. With more experience under her belt, Alvarez returned to the Mills museum as a collections assistant. She stepped into a leadership role, training student assistants, cataloguing art, and installing and removing exhibitions. Meanwhile, she kept up with an intense class schedule. A course on the Supreme Court inspired her to take on a second major in political, legal, and economic analysis (PLEA).
PAULINA ALVAREZ CLASS OF 2016
This unique-to-Mills interdisciplinary program looks at the large-scale institutions and systems that affect economics, government, and political science. For Alvarez, the combination of art history and PLEA majors inspired her to consider art in a different light: as a cultural property enmeshed in economic and legal systems. Alvarez has decided to pursue a master’s degree in cultural heritage, and then law school. She wants to apply her expertise by addressing the legal issues that often surround historic artwork and preserving cultural heritage. Her approach is truly interdisciplinary and 100 percent Mills—and nothing short of ingenious.
Paulina Alvarez ’16 demonstrates how powerful the intersection of different fields can be.
every student at mills has a different story, but they all have the same
spirit of success and triumph. PATRICIA TEVERIS CLASS OF 2007
There’s no such thing as average at Mills. We embrace every person’s unique brand of individuality. Each of us has our own passions and potential, quirks and cares, experiences and expertise— they bring us together and make us a community like no other.
Mills students are diverse in every way, but they all share a commitment to supporting each other’s success. Whether you’re right out of high school or returning to school, you will find classmates who will help you along the way. For the Mills community, open discussion is the standard, and every voice matters. That’s how we all expand our understanding: by taking the time to explore and appreciate how each one of us is one-of-a-kind.
student body & faculty
“Mills is an amazing place to find out who you are and be in a community that accepts you for who you are.” —KATIE YOUNG CLASS OF 2012
resources for students ACADEMIC • Career Services Office • Center for Academic Excellence • Multilingual Services • Peer Tutoring • Writing Center
OF INCOMING UNDERGRADUATES
OF INCOMING FIRST-YEARS are first-generation college students
are transfer students
• Community Health Resource Center
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
• Counseling and Psychological Services • Office of Wellness and Community Outreach • Student Health Center
% (23 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER)
are undergraduate resumer students
STUDENT LIFE • Diversity and Social Justice Resource Center
STUDENTS OF COLOR
• International Student Services
1% American Indian or Alaska Native
• Services for Students with Disabilities
13% Asian/Pacific Islander 7% Black or African American
• Office of Student Activities
• Spiritual and Religious Life
24% Hispanic/Latina 10% Two or more ethnicities 44% White 1% Unknown –2014-15 Facts About Mills
“being the first” AT MILLS Led by our Diversity and Social Justice Resource Center, this program helps first-generation college students reach their academic, personal, and career goals. Specialized study sessions, peer tutoring and advising, and an annual speaker series focus on experiences unique to firstgeneration college students.
ORGANIZATIONS COMMUNITY & ACTIVITIES
no matter what you get involved in—from student government to sports—
you will have your own voice. NATALIE MEIER CLASS OF 2015
Mills students are change-makers, coming together to rally around a cause, support their classmates, or simply have fun. With all of the organizations and clubs available here, you’ll have plenty of ways to do all three. OF OUR STUDENTS
IS VERY IMPORTANT OR ESSENTIAL TO THEM
Every campus organization represents the passionate interests of our students. Some are social or political. Some celebrate shared identities or an academic field. Others center around hobbies or entertainment. No matter the subject, clubs and organizations are a great way to get involved and strengthen your leadership skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate as a student voice on Mills advisory groups such as the Diversity and Social Justice Committee and the Sustainability Committee.
OF OUR STUDENTS
DURING THE PAST YEAR
WORK COOPERATIVELY WITH DIVERSE PEOPLE
AS ONE OF THEIR STRENGTHS
OF OUR STUDENTS
Our campus has something for everyone. In your free time, you can check out the latest exhibition at the art museum, sample experimental music in the Littlefield Concert Hall, attend a poetry slam in the Student Union, or make organic soap in the Botanic Garden.
DEMONSTRATED FOR A CAUSE DURING THE PAST YEAR
*2014 CIRP Freshman Survey
a sampling of campus clubs Anime Club Black Women’s Collective Book Art Club Earth CORPS Economics Club Families at Mills Feminist Cinema Club Gender Splendor Jewish Student Collective Mills Animal Welfare Society Mills Baking Club Mills College Choir Model United Nations Mujeres Unidas Namaste Yoga Club Ohana Club Poetry for Scientists Pre-Veterinary Club Psychology Club Studio Art Collective The Walrus Literary Journal
ORGANIZATIONS & activities
OF OUR STUDENTS
CONSIDER THEIR ABILITY TO
When you’re an active participant at Mills, you’ll build the confidence to follow your curiosity. You’ll learn to create coalitions in working toward a common goal. You’ll enjoy the camaraderie of our vibrant community.
“I get to be a student-athletemusician-economistmarketer-socialite, and everything in between.” —TESS FILBECK BATES CLASS OF 2015
MILLS STUDENTS CAN HAVE AN
IMMERSIVE RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
DOI the in t
But this is no picnic: they’ve come to study the park’s abundant population of ground squirrels, under the guidance of accomplished researcher Assistant Professor Jenn Smith.
ING work in e FIELD AND the LAB. JENN SMITH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY
As they collect samples and chart behaviors, the team practices the scientific method with their own eyes and hands. As they encounter real-life hurdles, they develop into resourceful problem solvers. As the students analyze the squirrels’ social interactions, disease transmission, hormone levels, and predator-detection systems, they perform graduate-level investigation. These efforts are supported by the Jill Barrett Biology Research Program at Mills, which aims to “increase the representation, participation, and leadership of women in the biological sciences”—and it succeeds. As Kate Haughton '15 says, “I’m answering research questions that no one else has answered. That’s pretty exciting.” And in studying the Briones squirrels, the students tap into something much larger: their powerful potential as the next generation of women scientists.
1.5 THE RATE AT WHICH WOMEN’S
COLLEGES GRADUATE WOMEN IN THE SCIENCES VERSUS COED INSTITUTIONS
–Women’s College Coalition
After months of preparation, a group of biology students spends part of their summer in California’s Briones Regional Park, 20 miles from the Mills campus.
ATHLETICS & RECREATION
the three words that come to mind when I think of mills athletics are
discipline, passion, and teamwork. CHRISTINE KWAK CLASS OF 2014
Whether you’re a dedicated athlete or an enthusiastic novice, our athletic teams will help you take your skills to the next level and fuel your drive to compete. Mills fields six NCAA Division III varsity teams 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.
cross country rowing soccer swimming tennis volleyball
Along with varsity sports, Mills offers physical education classes that are so popular more than half of Mills students sign up each semester. Try classes including capoeira, fencing, hip hop aerobics, or Zumba. You can even study Introduction to Sports Medicine or Eastern and Western styles of massage. Outside of classes, you can join the fitness and softball clubs, the futsal intramural league,
or show your Mills pride as a member of the cheer squad. Our organized off-campus excursions let you take full advantage of the Bay Area— our students kayak on the San Francisco Bay, hike Angel Island, and camp near the beaches and mountains of Santa Cruz. However you choose to join in, at Mills you’ll be able to exercise your body and mind.
“We wanted to be role models and really represent the true character of athletes for the whole campus community.” — ROBIN CUMMING CLASS OF 2009
“Being a student-athlete at Mills made a significant impact on my life. The generosity and kindness of my coaches, teachers, and mentors inspired me to want to give back.”
Athletics & Recreation
For close to 20 years, the Mills swim team has participated in the Swim-a-Mile event, a fundraiser for the Bay Area Women’s Cancer Resource Center (WCRC). The team gives of their time and expertise, teaching swim clinics that help participants prepare for the event. And they donate the proceeds from the clinics and the other funds they raise to the WCRC.
—SERENA TSANG CLASS OF 2015
At the 2015 Athletics Award Banquet, cross-country team member Serena Tsang received the Janet Holmgren Student-Athlete Service Award for giving back to Mills and the greater Bay Area. She served as a peer tutor, teaching assistant, and member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee; she also volunteered to drive and tutor her fellow student-athletes. Off campus, she volunteered at Children’s Hospital Oakland and helped out at two physical therapy centers. With all Tsang managed to accomplish at Mills, it’s no surprise that she also was an exceptional athlete.
LIVING ON CAMPUS
forming new relationships
with your hallmates is hands-down the best part of living on campus. KIRBY HOBERG CLASS OF 2012
When you visit Mills, you’ll notice one thing right away: this place is beautiful. But the virtues of our 135 acres— one of the country’s largest liberal arts campuses in an urban setting—go well beyond oak-lined streams and lush greenery. Our campus offers you the student-centered resources, comfort, and security to throw yourself fully into your education.
Living on campus is one of the defining experiences of attending Mills. While our residence halls are one-of-akind, our goal is to provide a living environment that supports your academic and personal growth. With the help of your resident assistants and special programming, you’ll find living at Mills will help you build your strengths outside the classroom. First-year students have the added benefit of living in themed housing communities that focus on a shared interest, ranging from creative writing to business leadership to hip hop. Choose between a single or double room in our residence halls, many of which offer
California sleeping porches and grand pianos. Our residence halls include everything you need to settle in comfortably: wireless Internet, laundry, TV lounges, and computer labs. If you’re transferring or coming back to college, you’ll have additional options on campus such as apartments, townhouses, or family housing. When it’s time to hit the books, the F. W. Olin Library holds more than 240,000 volumes. It also contains the Special Collections (12,000 volumes and 10,000 manuscripts), including a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio, a Mozart manuscript, and a leaf from a Gutenberg Bible. Should
eating well We work hard to make sure the meals at Mills are good to eat and good for the planet. We source local and organic ingredients as much as possible, and cook from scratch in small batches to keep our dishes fresh and healthy. The Daily Meal, a website dedicated to “all things food and drink,” regularly ranks Mills on its list of the 75 Best Colleges for Food in America.
SOME OF OUR FAVORITES: • Blue Cheese & Pear Pizza • Cinnamon Roll French Toast • Creole Crab Linguini • Deconstructed California Roll • Eggplant Parmesan • Korean-Style BBQ Short Ribs • Lo Mi Salmon • Mediterranean Omelette • Potato Samosas • Quinoa Cakes • Tempeh Lettuce Wraps
you need help with your studies, the Center for Academic Excellence offers peer tutoring, testing accommodations, support for multilingual students, and writing advice.
“You’re surrounded by peers who have so many different life experiences. My college education took place as much outside the classroom as it did inside.”
Living at Mills, you’ll particularly enjoy the convenience of our on-campus Student Health Center and access to Counseling and Psychological Services and Services for Students with Disabilities. If you need an escort to your residence hall after dark or a jump start for your car, call on our public safety officers for assistance.
—ERIKA RICKARD CLASS OF 2005
• Zucchini Sticks & Chips
living on campus
• Hot Bahn Mi Sandwich
Not only is our food fresh, locally sourced, and delicious, we get high marks for our recycling and composting programs and our overall commitment to sustainability. The Princeton Review consistently names us one of the greenest colleges around.
i hope my students question the things we take for granted and begin to create possibilities for
“At Mills, we get to know our students as individuals,” says Kandaswamy. “We help them figure out what they really care about and what they’re interested in doing, and give them the tools to do that. We have relationships with them that last long after graduation.”
PRIYA KANDASWAMY ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF WOMEN’S, GENDER AND SEXUALITY STUDIES
As an example, Kandaswamy tells the story of a student who took her course called Race, Sexuality, and the State. The class sparked the student’s interest in gender and criminal justice, and inspired her to take action for social change. With Kandaswamy’s encouragement, she began an internship with a law clinic that focused on the needs of women prisoners. The student created a resource guide on hygiene rights for prisoners and began legal advocacy work. With recommendations from her Mills professors, she was accepted into the University of Texas School of Law, one of the nation’s top 15 law schools.
To help students succeed in and after college, Kandaswamy empowers them to find their own stance, define their opinions, and voice them powerfully: “In the classroom, we talk about difficult, complicated issues, and we engage with people we may disagree with.” Outside of class, Kandaswamy works with students one-on-one to build skills that meet their academic and professional goals. Kandaswamy says that Mills stands out not only because of the way faculty care for students, but also because of the way students care for each other: “Everyone is learning from each other, not just from me. The diversity of Mills lends itself to that. There’s a sense that we can all do better by working together.”
When Mills students talk about how they found their voices, they almost always credit a professor who inspired them, encouraged them to think big and take risks, and helped them discover new possibilities. Professors like Priya Kandaswamy go all out so you can go all in.
we’re located in
the most awesome area of the country.
from the New York Times, Forbes, Movoto, and Thrillist, *Paraphrased all of which named Oakland one of the best cities in America.
The San Francisco Bay Area has it all. We’re proud of our location in Oakland, California—the most ethnically diverse city in the United States. Our students take advantage of everything from pro sports games to world-class museums, from century-old forests to Pacific shorelines.
For as much as our students find to do in our community, they also find a lot to do for our community. From nonprofit arts festivals to Habitat for Humanity, from Highland Hospital to the Alameda County Community Food Bank, our students dedicate their time to help causes, projects, and people throughout the region.
“I interned for Electronic Arts. I never would have ended up there if it weren’t for Mills.” A mind-boggling array of organizations call the Bay Area home, including some of the biggest names in the world. Many Mills students connect with these organizations to gain invaluable hands-on experience and forge connections that will help after graduation. Often our faculty can suggest or create an opportunity that gels with your academic pursuits—facilitating an internship or alerting you San Pablo Bay to a job opening. Likewise, our Career Services Office keeps tabs on internships and employment opportunities.
— AZURE BOWIE-HANKINS CLASS OF 2007
Azure Bowie-Hankins started out as a music major, but at Mills she had the academic freedom and faculty support to turn a longtime hobby into a rewarding career. With our liberal arts curriculum, she was able to take classes outside of her field, which is how she discovered her appreciation for economics. After switching to an economics major, she continued at Mills to earn an MBA. To help her identify possible career paths, an economics professor advised Bowie-Hankins to consider the hobbies she most enjoyed. Returning to one of her childhood loves— gaming—she interned at Electronic Arts and is now a producer for The Sims 4, one of their most popular titles.
in good company Oakland
Golden Gate Bridge
Oakland Int’l Airport
global fund for women Pacific Ocean
north face charles schwab San Francisco Int’l Airport
San Francisco Bay San Mateo Bridge
MILLS CAREER SERVICES SUPPORT • Individual career counseling with career assessment • Resume review, cover letter preparation, and interview practice • Graduate school research tools and assistance
• Internship and job search postings
• Workshops, presentations, and information sessions • Networking opportunities with employers and alumnae
• Resource library
ALL OF THE FACULTY MEMBERS AT mills CONTRIBUTED IN SOME WAY TO
my career success.
McClain discovered her inner geek as a teen, when her mother enrolled her at Seattle’s Technology Access Foundation (TAF). There, she had a chance to take apart a computer and put it back together again. She learned programming and began to recognize the infinite possibilities in creating new products. McClain was hooked. When she was looking for a college that would support her passion for technology, her TAF mentor recommended Mills based on a connection with Professor Ellen Spertus, a tripledegree holder from MIT and a prominent advocate for women in technology. “Once I was at Mills,” McClain says, “teachers like Professor Spertus and the small class sizes really helped me succeed and keep going with computer science.”
MIYA MCCLAIN CLASS OF 2006
The Mills approach pays off. McClain’s positions—first as lead software design engineer at Microsoft and now as technical programming manager at Nordstrom—demonstrate just how well. Combining her software design expertise with her leadership and communication skills, “my present role integrates business and technical development, and I love it,” she says. Recognizing how her own life’s course was guided by others, McClain often speaks with minority students about careers in technology.
“I want other young women to know that it’s possible to go into a mostly male field and not only succeed, but excel.”
Personal and professional support is key to building the self-confidence needed to make it in the world of technology, says Spertus. “Every student comes to our class feeling that she belongs there and that we’ll provide support.” – Mills College survey of the class within six to nine months after graduation
Miya McClain ’06 once believed that a technical career wasn’t an option for her as a woman. But her lifelong love of computer science and the support she found at Mills encouraged her to build her dream career.
MEET MILLS ALUMNAE
barbara lee ’73
i learned what it means to be a world citizen and realized the duty i have to
be a force for good. ELIZABETH TROBAUGH CLASS OF 2010
The time you spend at Mills will be life-changing. Your experience will help you become someone who can make up your mind, change your mind, and speak your mind with equal confidence. Your education will
Our alumnae establish nonprofits and socially responsible businesses, shape policy and politics, and educate the next generation of changemakers. As leaders in their careers and communities, Mills graduates tackle challenges that are as varied as the women themselves.
empower you to do just
Our students go on to remedy social and political ills. US Representative Barbara Lee ’73 serves Oakland’s Congressional District in Washington, DC. She works diligently on issues such as AIDS funding, welfare reform, and child care. Ananya Roy ’92 received a BA in comparative urban studies at Mills. She then pursued master’s and doctorate degrees at UC Berkeley, work that led to a professorship there in city and regional planning, and an appointment as the Blum Center Distinguished Chair in Global Poverty and Practice. After serving in the Peace Corps, Juniper Neill ’91 joined the USAID Foreign Service and now directs the US government’s biodiversity conservation and climate adaptation program for Kenya and East Africa. As executive director of the United Nations Population Fund and an undersecretary general of the United Nations from 2000 to 2010, Thoraya Obaid ’66 advocated for women’s empowerment and reproductive health rights. She is now the first woman to head the human rights committee of Saudi Arabia’s traditionally all-male Shura Council.
WORKING FOR SOCIAL CHANGE is a
about anything you want to do once you graduate.
more important career consideration for Mills seniors than for students at similar schools. –CIRP 2014 College Senior Survey
20,000 alumnae, in
juniper neill ’91
FIELDS OF WORK
• Education • Business/Finance • Communications • Healthcare/Biotech –Mills College Alumnae Survey 2013
trisha brown ’58
Our alumnae embody imagination and independence. After receiving her BA in music at Mills, violinist and composer Jennifer Curtis ’01 completed a master’s degree at the Juilliard School, built an international performance career, and founded the nonprofit Tres Americas Project.
kathy jetnil-kijiner ’10
Mills was where Trisha Brown ’58, widely acclaimed as the grande dame of postmodern dance, got her start. Known for her maverick spirit and her ability to push the human body to perform in unexpected ways, Brown was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1991.
Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner ’10 is a journalist, teacher, poet, and spoken-word artist, as well as co-founder of an environmental NGO. Jetnil-Kijiner eloquently shared her poetry and perspective in an address at the opening ceremony of the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit.
CREATIVITY AND INITIATIVE are significantly
more important for Mills seniors when thinking about their future career paths than for their peers at comparison colleges. –CIRP 2014 College Senior Survey
Our graduates defy convention and constraint. Google test engineering manager Patricia Legaspi ’02 studied computer science at Mills (a program we established in 1974, the first women’s college to do so). She credits her success in the male-dominated technology field to her education at Mills. She also helps future college students as president of Oakland Dollars for Scholars. The only female public address announcer in all of major league baseball, Renel Brooks-Moon ’81 is known nationally as the voice of the San Francisco Giants. She says that the strong leadership and communication skills she gained at Mills enabled her to find her voice.
Army officer Elizabeth Trobaugh ’10 served in Afghanistan, courageously facing the hardships of war—and the challenges of serving with an otherwise all-male battalion. She led a female engagement team in the country, forging relationships with local women to address security, education, and economic opportunity.
More Mills students feel that they have been
meet mills alumnae
jennifer curtis ’01
patricia legaspi ’02
ENCOURAGED TO EXPLORE PROFESSIONS
not traditionally pursued by women than have students at other women’s colleges. –National Survey of Student Engagement, 2014
elizabeth trobaugh ’10
Where our alumnae do
Children’s Hospital Oakland • Global Fund for Women Kaiser Permanente • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory • Native American Health Center • NPR Peace Corps • San Francisco Symphony • US Department of Education • US House of Representatives
Where our alumnae do
Columbia University • Cornell University • Georgetown University • Harvard Law School • Harvard University Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California Princeton University • Stanford University • Tufts University UC Berkeley • UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) • UCLA School of Law • UCSF School of Medicine • University of Cambridge • University of Southern California Gould School of Law • University of Pennsylvania • Yale School of Medicine
i took a tour and absolutely
fell in love with the vibe and everyone at mills. ALEX SHEPPERD CLASS OF 2016
Visit our campus. The best way to experience Mills is to visit. Our campus reflects the natural beauty of California and the vibe of the progressive San Francisco Bay Area. We invite you to explore Mills by attending one of our daily information sessions with student ambassador-led tours. Customize your visit by sitting in on a class, meeting with a coach, or having lunch with a current Mills student. We also offer special admission events during the academic year. Sign up to visit today at www.mills.edu/visit.
Meet with a counselor.
Catch us on the road.
You can speak one-on-one with a Mills admissions counselor on campus, on the road, over the phone, or online. Schedule an informational appointment, an unofficial transfer credit evaluation, or an admission interview as part of your application. You can connect with a counselor in the way that fits your needs best: www.mills.edu/visit.
Encouraging students to use their education to make a statement happens on and off campus. We visit high schools, community colleges, and community-based organizations to meet with prospective students and their families. By meeting you in your own backyard, we can answer your questions about Mills and our admission process, and get to know you as an individual. Find out when we will be in your area at www.mills.edu/visit.
“I feel really supported at Mills. I’m encouraged to speak up, and I’m not afraid to let my voice be heard.” —LEIYA MAHONEY CLASS OF 2014
ADMISSION & AID
We invite students who are ready to think big and speak out to apply for admission to Mills. Our admission process lets you share how you want to innovate and make positive changes for yourself and the world. And throughout the process, you’ll learn more about the resources and opportunities you can find here. Start your journey at Mills today: apply using the Common Application at www.commonapp.org. For more information on admission requirements, visit: www.mills.edu/applyundergrad.
entering first-year students
GPA 3 67 RANGE
ACT 23-29 AT MILLS WERE IN THE TOP
OF THEIR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATING CLASS
Unless indicated otherwise, all census data is from Facts About Mills 2014-15
FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS Early action: November 15 Regular decision: Fall: January 15 Spring: November 1 TRANSFER STUDENTS Priority scholarship consideration: March 1 Regular decision: Fall: April 1 Spring: November 1 Mills College exclusively uses the Common Application for undergraduate applications for admission. For more information, visit: www.mills.edu/applyundergrad.
Financial Aid Investing in a Mills education is a smart investment in your future. Every day, our 20,000+ alumnae blaze trails, influence policy and politics, right injustices, break glass ceilings, and use their brains and boldness to create a more equitable, inclusive world. More than 80% of incoming Mills students receive some form of financial aid. We offer a variety of merit and need-based scholarships that can total more than $22,000 for first-year students and up to $15,000 for transfer students. Additional aid is available through federal and state grants, private scholarships, loans, and work-study opportunities.
Full-time tuition: $42,990 Student activity fee: $150 AC transit fee: $106 Campus comprehensive fee: $1,012 Student health plan: $4,480 Room and board: $13,200
Undergraduate Financial Aid (2014–15) More than 80% of undergraduates received financial aid Average financial aid award: $39,482
For the most current information on cost and aid, visit: www.mills.edu/cost-and-aid.
“At Mills College, women receive more than just a liberal arts education. The combination of student diversity and educational opportunity helps guarantee that no one will graduate without having her horizons well expanded.” —FISKE GUIDE TO COLLEGES 2016
For information on financial aid options at Mills, go to www.mills.edu/cost-and-aid.
FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS FAFSA: February 15 Cal Grant GPA verification form: March 2*
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015–16)
Total aid: $34.5 million, of which Mills funded $18.4 million
Financial Aid Deadlines
64% OF FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS
TRANSFER STUDENTS FAFSA: March 2 Cal Grant GPA verification form: March 2*
*California residents only
Mills College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, marital status, age, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, or disability in our admission policies, in our scholarship and loan programs, or in the educational programs, cocurricular activities, and residential facilities which we operate. Students of all genders are eligible for admission to our graduate programs, and selfidentified women are eligible for admission to our undergraduate programs.
“Mills is where you go when you understand that you’re not just part of the bigger picture, but that you want to change the bigger picture. Mills gives you the support to meet whatever goals you set for yourself.”
admission & aid
—JILLIAN HARRIS CLASS OF 2012
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At Mills, we encourage you to stand up for your ideas and speak out for your convictions. Most of all, we want you to feel empowered to make...
Published on Nov 10, 2015
At Mills, we encourage you to stand up for your ideas and speak out for your convictions. Most of all, we want you to feel empowered to make...