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Mills is an independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. Mills is ranked as one of the top-tier colleges and universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report, and its graduate programs have gained an international reputation for excellence and innovation. Located on a lush 135-acre campus in the Oakland foothills with easy access to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, Mills College enables students to connect with the Bay Area’s diverse metropolitan centers and thriving cultural communities.

The College educates students to think critically and communicate responsibly and effectively, to accept the challenges of their creative visions, and to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effect thoughtful changes in a global, multicultural society. Programs are designed to reflect the importance of global issues and provide an understanding of the natural world. The faculty of nationally and internationally respected scholars and artists is dedicated to developing the strengths of every student, preparing them for lifelong intellectual, personal, and professional growth.

For more than 90 years, Mills has been a leader in graduate education. From cutting-edge work in electronic music to groundbreaking programs such as infant mental health, Mills graduate degrees are distinguished by innovation. With a focus on collaboration between distinguished faculty and students, small class sizes, and flexible program features, the graduate curriculum allows students to delve intensely into their areas of study within a liberal arts context. Men and women from all ages and backgrounds will find a progressive environment for intellectual debate, in and out of the classroom.

Mills College is located on a beautiful and historic campus in the foothills of Oakland, California, with easy access to the culturally rich and diverse cities of Berkeley and San Francisco and the business and technology center of Silicon Valley. The location places students in one of the most diverse and dynamic metropolitan areas in the United States. Oakland boasts the corporate headquarters of major companies—including Ask.com, Blue Bottle Coffee, Cost Plus World Market, Kaiser Permanente health services, Numi Organic Tea, and Pandora internet radio—as well as some of the most innovative nonprofits and social enterprises that are reshaping local and global communities.

The New York Times ranked Oakland #5 on its list of “The 45 Places to Go in 2012,” citing the city’s top-notch restaurants and music venues. Opportunities range from tapping into the local music and performing arts scenes or enjoying global cuisine and outdoor recreation ranging from kayaking on beautiful Lake Merritt to hiking through the East Bay hills. In addition to preparing for their careers, Mills students take advantage of a wide range of cultural and recreational opportunities. Local destinations include art museums, professional sports venues, entertainment theaters, sightseeing locations, and science learning centers.


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