When you become a Mills undergraduate student, you’ll Another annual literary journal on-campus is the Womanist, A Women of Color Journal which features prose, poetry, and artwork by students, alumnae, faculty, and staff of color. Located atop Prospect Hill, Ethel Moore was built in the late-1920s/early-1930s by Walter H Ratcliffe Jr.[80] The flagstone entrance to Ethel Moore Hall connects to a downhill path into the center of campus. The college reduced its undergraduate tuition by 36% (beginning in fall 2018) with a goal of making a Mills education more affordable for more students. Other notable milestones in the college's history include the presidency of renowned educator and activist Aurelia Henry Reinhardt during World War I and II, the establishment of the first laboratory school west of the Mississippi for aspiring teachers (currently known as the Mills College Children's School) in 1926, and becoming the first women's college to offer a computer science major (1974). Students are able to tailor their completion of the core curriculum requirements to their interests by choosing from a wide range of courses that fulfill the 10 knowledge and skill areas. The Mills admission application process is designed to allow students to share a complete picture of their experiences, passions, activities, and what they hope to achieve, in addition to their academic accomplishments. Since 2000 the Children's School has been housed in the Education Complex on campus. 1852: Young Ladies' Seminary opens in Benicia, which becomes the state capital of California 1865: Cyrus and Susan Mills, Christian missionaries returning from the Sandwich Islands (present-day Hawaii), purchase the Seminary from Oberlin graduate Mary Atkins It is also one of the few literary journals carried by the Oakland Public Library.[56]. [87][88] And finally, Mills's original gymnasium and pool, which have been replaced by the Tea Shop and Suzanne Adams Plaza.[87]. Incoming undergraduate students write what they hope to gain from their Mills journey Course credit may be awarded for the College Board Advanced Placement tests and the International Baccalaureate program's higher-level examinations. Avant-garde jazz pioneer Anthony Braxton has taught at Mills on an intermittent basis since the 1970s. The residence hall contains multiple common rooms, a computer lab, and full disability access. The facility met the most rigorous standards for materials selection, energy consumption, and water usage and was awarded platinum certification. program, The first women's college to launch a policy for admitting transgender applicants. The core curriculum consists of 10 specific knowledge and skill areas organized into three outcome categories:[27]. The college also supports The Walrus Literary Journal an annual publication which includes "wonderful, whacky, weird, witty, and whimsical poetry, prose, and art from the Bay Area and beyond. Mills College was founded in 1852, and by the 1880s, already had 1,000 works of art and reproductions in its collection, as well as 3,000 books in its library. The Children's School has a dual mission of providing high-quality education to the approximately 135 students in its infant, preschool, and K–5 programs, as well as offering a collaborative research setting for undergraduate and graduate education students. The facility features four new teaching laboratories, five new classrooms, a computer room for students, and centralized science faculty offices. Well-known composer Luciano Berio was on the music faculty of Mills in 1962–1964, and in 1966 Pauline Oliveros became the first director of the Tape Music Center (later the Center for Contemporary Music),[63] where she composed her electronic works "Alien Bog" and "Beautiful Soop". Since 2000 the Children's School has been housed in the Education Complex of the campus. Here’s just a sample of some of our students’ favorite traditions. years after California became a state. Graduates of Mills' Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program have an 80%+ acceptance rate to medical schools (compared to the national average of 50%). Applications should be accompanied by transcripts, a letter of recommendation, and, for international students, language test scores.[24]. program (2001). From its location atop Prospect Hill, students look out upon the Rhododendron Courtyard shared with Ethel Moore. Mills was founded in 1852 as the Young Ladies’ Seminary in Benicia, California—two years after California became a state. The college also offers access to low-interest graduate student loans from the federal government.[39]. A member of the East Bay Independent Schools Association, the Children's School is open to the children of Mills students, faculty, and staff as well as the general public. Each spring, the graduating class makes a statement on the senior wall. Additional course work in fine arts is given positive consideration, as are special talents or interests. This class acquaints students and the larger community with the art history of the campus and the concepts behind its design. [28] The college runs on a semester system, with optional winter and summer sessions. History. The Trefethan Aquatics Center features an Olympic-size outdoor swimming pool. The School of Education houses the Mills College Children's School which opened in 1926 to provide students with opportunities to learn about child behavior and cognitive development. [55], Graduate students also create the 580 Split, an annual journal of arts and literature, publishes innovative and experimental prose, poetry, and art and was founded specifically for graduate students to participate and hone skills in editing, publishing, and creative writing. The Mills swim team was awarded the Scholar All-America Team award for swimming and diving teams who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. In 1920, Mills added graduate programs for women and men, granting its first master's degrees the following year. [9] This decision led to a two-week student and staff strike, accompanied by numerous displays of non-violent protests by the students. [79], Named for former Mills College President Lynn T. White, Jr.,[82] this residence hall offers housing to both undergraduate and graduate students.