Mills College was founded in 1852 and has been fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) since 1949. The WSCUC offices are located at 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501.

The College completed its last reaccreditation review in spring 2020 when WSCUC reaffirmed accreditation for eight years. The Commission action letter, dated February 26, 2020, states, "in taking this action to reaffirm accreditation, the Commission confirms that Mills has addressed the three Core Commitments and has successfully completed the two-stage institutional review process conducted under the 2013 Standards of Accreditation." 

The report commended Mills in particular for the following: 

  • A dedicated faculty and staff
  • A commitment by Mills leadership to institutional cohesion and unity
  • An effective evidence-based, equity-minded approach to institutional research
  • Systematic efforts to increase student retention and completion 
  • A social justice mission enhanced by Mills achieving status as a Hispanic-Serving Institution


February 26, 2020 Commission Action Letter (PDF)
Team Report (PDF)

WSCUC Resources

2013 Handbook of Accreditation Revised (PDF)
Quick Reference Guide (PDF)
Standards at a Glance (PDF)

The Mills College Teach-Out Policy (PDF) aims to satisfy the requirements established by the WSCUC and, more importantly, to protect the interests of students.