Mills College

Campus Facts & Figures

out of 5

The Campus Pride Index is an overall indicator of institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program and practice. How is this calculated?

Region: West
City/State: Oakland, CA
Locale: Large Urban City (Over 500,000+)
Student Population (FTE): 1,345
In-State Tuition: $44,322.00
Out-of-State Tuition: $44,322.00
Institution Website:
Institution Type:
Doctoral/Research University
Master's College/University
Baccalaureate College/University
Private Institution
Liberal Arts College
Residential Campus
Hispanic Serving Institution
Single Sex

LGBTQ Student Opportunities


Colleges and universities want LGBTQ students, faculty and staff to be out and proud as part of the diversity of the campus community.  The Campus Pride Index provides campuses the opportunity to come out as LGBTQ-friendly and take responsibility for continually improving their LGBTQ campus climate. 
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Commitment to LGBTQ Issues

Mills College is committed to creating a safe, equitable environment where all members of our community—whether lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, genderqueer, two-spirit, transgender, cisgender, or straight—are openly included and affirmed. We honor freedom of expression and respectful discourse as fundamental educational cornerstones. Mills was the first women’s college in the US to enact a formal admission policy for transgender students, expanding the College’s historical mission to educate and empower people marginalized by structures of gender. We embrace diversity and social justice at Mills as key components of academic, cocurricular, and residential life, and strive to provide a vibrant learning community where critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration are enhanced through the interactions of our faculty and student body, who are diverse in every way. Located in Oakland, California—the heart of the progressive San Francisco Bay Area—Mills is an independent liberal arts and sciences college for undergraduate women with graduate programs for women and men. Ranked among the top colleges in the West by U.S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review, Mills has a proud tradition of encouraging students to stand up for their ideals to make a positive impact in the world around them.

Our Synopsis

In Living Queer A safe space for queer and questioning people of color (QPoC) at Mills, the goal of In Living Queer is to create a place to address the intersections of QPoC identities and to provide support and resources. Mouthing Off! Mouthing Off! provides a safe space for students who are LGBTQ identified, straight allies, or none of the above to come together and facilitate dialogue and action around the LGBTQ community. Gender Splendor Club Gender Splendor is dedicated to creating space for diverse gender identities on our campus. People of all gender identities (including cisgender allies) are welcome to participate in meetings and events. Mills Graduate Queer Student Association The association aims to celebrate the spirit of LGBQT through awareness-building events and professional networking opportunities designed for LGBTQ graduate students at Mills. Mills Bridge Advocate Team The team is comprised of faculty and staff who work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, questioning, two-spirit, pansexual, asexual, and genderfluid students to help them successfully navigate the higher education system and Mills and advocate for themselves. Gender and Sexuality Resources Virtual Space This online space enables Mills students, alumnae/i, staff, and faculty to easily locate resources and information related to gender and sexuality.

Featured Quotes

Why you'll love Mills College

“Every day that I go to Mills I think, ‘This is where I should be. This is where I belong.’”

— –Mia, trans-identified student, Class of 2016

“Mills has been a space where I can concentrate and focus on other things because [fear is] not an issue.”

— –Sonj, genderqueer-identified student, Class of 2015

“Mills is an amazing place to find out who you are and to be in a community that accepts you for who you are.”

— –Katie, Class of 2012

“Everyone is learning from each other. The diversity of Mills lends itself to that. There’s a sense that we can all do better by working together.”

— –Priya Kandaswamy, associate professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies

It’s exactly the place you are supposed to be; be yourself, be as out or queer or genderful as makes sense for you. Mills is the place where it all comes together and you can live honestly.

— –Chicora Martin, Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students

Highlights & Organizations

Upcoming events


LGBTQIA Student Reception


Dance in Drag


Transgender Day of Remembrance


Transgender Week of Visibility


Lavender Graduation


Admissions Office

Mills College Admissions Office

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd.

Oakland, CA 94613

Phone: 510.430.2135

Admission Application Deadline:

Email Campus Admissions

Overall Campus Pride Index Score

The Campus Pride Index has a strong theoretical research foundation in LGBTQ current programs, practices and policies for safer, more inclusive campus learning environments. The index tool has been tested extensively since 2001 and recently updated with new, higher LGBTQ national benchmarks in 2015. 

The Campus Pride Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBTQ campus life and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people. The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Campus Pride commends the campuses participating in the index and their willingness to come out, be visible and actively advocate for improving higher education for LGBTQ people.

Mills College
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors

Sexual Orientation Score
4 of 5
Gender Identity/Expression Score
4 of 5
LGBTQ Policy Inclusion
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Academic Life
5 of 5
LGBTQ Student Life
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Campus Safety
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Counseling & Health
4 of 5
LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts
3.5 of 5

LGBTQ-Friendly Report Card

LGBTQ Policy Inclusion

Non-discrimination statement inclusive of sexual orientation
Non-discrimination statement inclusive of gender identity/expression
Health insurance coverage to employees’ same sex partner
Accessible, simple process for students to change their name on university records and documents
Accessible, simple process for students to change their gender identity on university records and documents
Students have option to self-identify sexual orientation on admission application or post enrollment forms
Students have option to self-identify gender identity/expression on admission application or post enrollment forms

LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment

Resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQ students
Paid staff with responsibilities for LGBTQ support services
Ally program or Safe Space/Safe Zone
Actively seek to employ diversity of faculty & staff including visible, out LGBTQ people
Standing advisory committee that deals with LGBTQ issues
LGBTQ alumni group

LGBTQ Academic Life

LGBTQ studies program
LGBTQ specific course offerings
Actively recruit faculty for LGBTQ-related academic scholarship
New faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation issues
New faculty/staff training opportunities on gender identity issues
LGBTQ faculty/staff organization

LGBTQ Student Life

LGBTQ & Ally student organization
LGBTQ & Ally graduate student organization
LGBTQ social fraternity/sorority
Regularly plans LGBTQ social activities
Regularly plans educational events on transgender issues
Regularly offers educational events surrounding intersectionality of identities for LGBTQ people
LGBTQ-inclusive career services

LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life

LGBTQ living space, theme floors and/or living-learning community
Roommate matching for LGBTQ students to find LGBTQ-friendly roommate
Gender-inclusive housing for new students
Gender-inclusive housing for returning students
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in campus housing
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy shower facilities in campus housing
Trains residence life and housing staff at all levels on LGBTQ issues and concerns

LGBTQ Campus Safety

Procedure for reporting LGBTQ related bias incidents and hate crimes
Active ongoing training for hate crime prevention
Active outreach to LGBTQ students and student organization
Trains campus police on sexual orientation issues
Trains campus police on gender identity/expression issues
Supports victims of LGBTQ sexual violence and partner violence

LGBTQ Counseling & Health

LGBTQ counseling/support groups
Trans-inclusive trained counseling staff
Free, anonymous and accessible HIV/STI testing
LGBTQ-inclusive health information and safer sex materials available
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers ongoing counseling services
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers hormone replacement therapy

LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention

Annually participates in LGBTQ admission fairs
LGBTQ student scholarships
LGBTQ mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQ students in transitioning to academic and college life
Special Lavender or Rainbow Graduation ceremony for LGBTQ students and allies
Admission counselors receive LGBTQ-inclusive training and resources

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