Mills College Reviews

  • 30 Reviews
  • Oakland (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $30,257
75% of 30 students said this degree improved their career prospects
83% of 30 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Janinne Martinez
  • Reviewed: 9/8/2019
  • Degree: MBA
"Mills college MBA program is an excellent program to attend. I had a great experience moving to Oakland from San Diego in order to attain my MBA. It was a great move for me because the college is strategically located near Silicon Valley and a thriving Oakland community. I had plenty of job opportunities after graduating because of its location to major companies. The campus itself is situated in the hills which are very lush and green. Its about a thirty-minute train ride into San Francisco from Oakland. The buildings on campus are beautiful as well as the main MBA building which is leed certified. The MBA program also offers many interesting disciplines to focus on. Instructors were very knowledgeable, some taught at UC Berkeley which is just a shuttle ride from the Mills campus. There is a shuttle that the school offers to take students around Oakland. Its very easy to find housing in Oakland or in San Francisco. Financial aid is available and counselors work closely with you to determine your award package. The school is an all women college however the MBA program is coed. It was nice that the cohort was predominantly female which is unique to this school. Most schools are about 50/50 coed. I was extremely satisfied with the impact the degree had on my career. It influenced my income potential greatly. The program itself could have been a bit more rigorous and in depth in certain areas but overall the program was very good."
Brianna Jones
  • Reviewed: 12/23/2017
  • Degree: Public Policy
"Mills College Lorry I. Lokey School of Business and Public Policy Graduate program is an amazing program. One of the reasons why I decided to apply here was because of its location and the relationship it has with the community. Being apart of the Mills family affords me the opportunity to be hands on with local communities and make a change. For example I was given the opportunity to be included in a jury internship program that is trying to diversify the jury pool in courtrooms for Alameda County. What I love most about the program is that it offers small class sizes which creates a very interpersonal education. The school does a fantastic job with creating relationships between Alumnus and current students to provide more insight of life after graduation and personal experiences of working in the field. I'm given the resources and tools needed from faculty, my cohort and Alumnus to tailor and personalize my education. Furthermore, I am being taught by professors who are and were elected officials in local government which ensures me that I am getting a quality education. This experience is much different from my experience in undergrad. I obtained my Bachelor's degree at San Francisco State University. I did learn a lot from being exposed to a highly diverse environment with lots of passionate people, but I was not afforded small class sizes and my professors weren't as available as they are at Mills. SFSU is a very large campus with lots of students and I didn't feel as important there as I do at Mills. Now, I receive the attention needed to excel while studying for my Graduate degree, then I was just a number, not a valued student."
Brandon Baranco
  • Reviewed: 6/27/2017
  • Degree: Public Policy
"The Mills College Graduate Program in Public Policy would provide the opportunity for formal training to improve my skills to be a better public servant. I believe the best way to affect positive change in our community is through good, well-founded public policy. I hope to continue working with policymakers, and through this program gain the ability to provide better advice and counsel. A graduate degree in public policy from Mills College will elevate me to a whole new level of understanding. The only reason I am where I am is because someone sacrificed to provide opportunities for me. My forbears set public policy that allowed my family and me to move up the socioeconomic ladder, though there are still significant barriers to upward mobility that are entrenched in our practices. There is more work to be done. I want to ensure that those opportunities are protected and expanded to allow others (and future generations) to have the same possibilities my family had. I believe receiving an education from the Mills College Graduate Program in Public Policy will help me further this goal."
Cassidy D.
  • Reviewed: 3/7/2017
  • Degree: Biology
"Mills college is a fantastic institution to attend for undergraduate degrees. The curriculum is rigorous and well thought-out to ensure the students graduate not only with the necessary knowledge for their field, but with the tools to pursue their passion and integrate their ideas into their field of study. The college is inclusive and offers a curriculum which challenges the students to deeply contemplate topics within their field as well as outside of it, leading to deeper understandings of themselves as individuals and as scholars."
Ashley Shaffer
  • Reviewed: 2/6/2017
  • Degree: Education
"Mills College provided an excellent education and I truly enjoyed my time in the Master's of Ed program. The professors truly care about students and are engaging. The cohort structure of the program provides a built-in support system. Mills' reputation is well-known in the SF Bay Area, which helps post-graduation when you're applying to jobs. I also feel that I was incredibly well-prepared for my job."
Rose
  • Reviewed: 9/8/2016
  • Degree: Anthropology
"The Anthropology department was going through some dot of changes. We only work with professors for just a semester, then we get new ones every semester. There wasn't a way for us to make connection with them. There were no full time Anthropologist in the department."
Vala Burnett
  • Reviewed: 1/29/2016
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"The program is very interesting, the classes are challenging without being overwhelming, and the teachers are AMAZING. I'm in my first year, so I'll have more comments about career support in the years to come, but alums have been very positive about it. The school recently began offering winter and summer intersession courses, which is wonderful! My only real challenges have been financial - being located in the SF Bay Area, housing is expensive, and the financial aid really has left me with a large out of pocket cost. I'm hoping to get scholarship to help cover this, but that's still up in the air. I may be stuck with loans to make this work..."
Lina Ho
  • Reviewed: 1/27/2016
  • Degree: Secondary Education
"Pros: The most amazing learning materials and scholars. They inspire you to do more than just teaching. You will guarantee to receive a job after graduation. We fight for equity every single day. Continue to reflect as educators and learn from all disciplines. Cons: There is a lack of diversity in the program. There should be more financial support for students who are planning to work in a low-income community. Unorganized when it comes to classes and what you need to be successful. I didn't receive much help with PACT."
Cathy Freyer
  • Reviewed: 12/8/2015
  • Degree: Business
"Mills College has one of the best business school programs. They are rigorous and focus on developing managers who can analyze problems based on real data. The economics department is outstanding. The student body is ethnically and age-diverse, with many high-achieving students from a wide range of backgrounds. Add to that a focus in social justice and sustainability and you have the best business and public policy school in the Bay Area. Coming to Mills for my MBA was one of the best decisions I have ever made."
2014 Graduate
  • Reviewed: 8/22/2015
  • Degree: Education
"Mills College offered a hands on learning environment, and knowledgeable and approachable professors. The cohort size was small and personable allowing for individual attention from professors. The campus is beautiful and affords a great learning environment. My degree led directly to a job as a Child Life Specialist in the field, and my education at Mills is seen as a large plus on my resume."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 8/19/2015
  • Degree: Human Services
"Mills is an awesome community! I felt supported by the students and faculty, and had opportunities that may not have been available at a large university."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 8/19/2015
  • Degree: Social Sciences
"The faculty is very involved with the students. They go above and beyond to provide a wonderful learning experience both inside and out of the classroom."
Linda Nguyen
  • Reviewed: 5/26/2015
  • Degree: MBA
"Great program with lots of support. Teachers are committed and passionate about the topics that they teach."
Linda Nguyen
  • Reviewed: 3/17/2015
  • Degree: MBA
"Mills offers a lot of opportunities; however, as a part-time student, full-time employee it can be hard for me to be able to access all those opportunities."
Jesse Austin
  • Reviewed: 1/25/2015
  • Degree: Fine Arts
"Mills is a wonderful community, and a great school where you get the opportunity to study with legendary artists, composers, and performers."
Antonio Saavedra
  • Reviewed: 10/1/2014
  • Degree: Computer Science
"Overall, I am impressed by the level of comfort the students have with the entire campus. They have created a network of their own, the classes are taught by excellent professors, and I have yet to sense any form of competitiveness within the classrooms. A truly liberal arts college experience."
Mia White
  • Reviewed: 9/19/2014
  • Degree: MBA
"I love the Mills MBA. The program is filled with bright students who are eager to make a positive impact on the world. I chose Mills because of their focus on socially responsible business - something you won't find at many business schools. The faculty is all amazing; smart and passionate about teaching. Everyone is so accessible - how many first year students are on a first name basis with their Dean? Mills is a truly unique place."
Dajanae Barrows
  • Reviewed: 9/9/2014
  • Degree: English
"I feel that my program will give me the tools for me to achieve success within my field. The professors and faculty care about their students, and are willing to make sure that you care about your field and studies."
Anna Guiles
  • Reviewed: 5/30/2014
  • Degree: Public Policy
"This is a small program, however, the professors are amazing and come from diverse and qualified backgrounds -- they have taught and studied at some of the most distinguished schools in the nation. Since it is a small program that means the networking is smaller than what you may receive at a more established larger program, but those who have graduated are more than willing to network and connect with current students. Living in the Bay Area means the surroundings are great and there are tons of things to do off-campus... just not much on campus."
Rachel Goodloomis
  • Reviewed: 5/25/2014
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"Superior education. It is expensive, but worth the money if you can swing it. Faculty is also fully supportive."