Points of Pride

Mills encourages openness to experimentation in the context of established academic disciplines. Programs are designed to reflect the importance of global issues, provide an understanding of the natural world, and enhance opportunities for women in their developing roles throughout society. The curriculum combines traditional liberal arts with new educational initiatives that recognize the value of cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity.


In 1852, two years after California was admitted to statehood, the Young Ladies’ Seminary in Benicia, California was established by nine citizens in what became the state capital. Cyrus and Susan Mills bought the Seminary in 1865 for $5,000, renamed it Mills College, and moved it in 1871 to its current 135-acre oasis.

Location & Contact

Mills College

5000 MacArthur Boulevard

Oakland, CA 94613

United States

Office of Admissions

Degrees Offered

Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Pre-Professional and Certificate Programs

Areas of Study

  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Art/Studio
  • Asian/Middle Eastern Studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development
  • Chinese
  • Communication/Journalism
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • French
  • Global Studies/International Relations
  • Graphic Design
  • Health and Human Studies
  • History
  • Interactive Media Design/Digital Technology
  • Kinesiology/Exercise Science
  • Latin American Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science/Government
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Women's/Gender Studies