Why Mills

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About Us

Mills Hall Mills College is located on a lush, urban campus in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area. Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, Mills is home to a diverse, yet intimate community of approximately 950 undergraduate women and 600 graduate women and men. Consistently ranked one of the top-tier colleges and universities in the West by US News & World Report, Mills boasts more than 160 years of innovation in education.

Our graduate programs in English are distinguished by their long-established reputations, innovation, outstanding faculty, intimate community of writers and scholars, and commitment to a shared philosophy and vision of the literary arts as socially transformative.

The San Francisco Bay Area's diverse literary and art communities have long nurtured our MA in English and American Literature Program, founded in 1920, and the MFA in creative writing (poetry and prose), founded in 1980. In 2009, Mills became the first college to offer an MFA in book art and creative writing.

Though we boast about our diverse and robust graduate classes, we are also a close-knit community of scholars and artists who come together outside the classroom on a regular basis. Faculty and students present new work side by side at the critical and creative Works in Progress reading series. Students have the opportunity to interact with the world-class writers, scholars, and artists who visit campus every semester through the Contemporary Writers Series. Students and alumnae/i work closely with visiting writers to create broadsides of their work at our Eucalyptus Press; others collaborate with faculty on conference papers.

Each semester our students complete practicum in local community colleges or participate in our Community Teaching Project, creating relationships and networks that extend long after graduation. As part of our English graduate programs, we offer a variety of professional development opportunities both in and out of the classroom.

Our alumnae/i regularly go on to create new reading series and publishing projects and generate new, innovative models of community informed by their experience at Mills.

Last Updated: 9/22/17