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Mills College

Total Grad Surveys 6
Females 3
Males 3
Avg years at University 1.7
Research Quality C (4.9)
Research Availability C (5.0)
Research Funding C+ (5.5)
Graduate Politics C+ (5.1)
Not Errand Runners C- (3.7)
Degree Completion B (6.9)
Alternative pay [ta/gsi] C+ (5.5)
Sufficient Pay C+ (5.7)
Competitiveness C- (3.6)
Education Quality C (4.3)
Faculty Accessibility B+ (7.7)
Useful Research C+ (5.1)
"Individual" treatment C (4.9)
Friendliness C+ (5.2)
Safety C (4.7)
Campus Beauty A+ (9.8)
Campus Maintenance B+ (8.0)
University Spending B (6.6)
Extracurriculars C- (3.8)
Scholastic Success B (7.1)
Surrounding City A+ (9.8)
Social Life/ Environment D- (1.5)
Social Life/ EnvironmentD-
Campus BeautyA+
Mills College is very political and if youMar 11 2017English
Mills College is very political and if you do not fit into their politics, then you will be left out. They are also not helpful in finding jobs or giving career support once they get your money from you. I fell in love with the beautiful campus, but should have spent more time really researching how successful this college was with the degree, MFA, I was interested in getting. I could have gone to San Jose State for a much cheaper degree and better contacts.
Mills prides itself on politically-correct diversityDec 01 2013Unknown
Mills prides itself on politically-correct diversity. There is, however, unbelievable ageism. They recruit older students but give the typical undergrad/grads (23 years old and younger) no training in this kind of diversity. In general, the class of young women here are provincial, prejudiced (all races included) and insensitive. Absolutely ignorant about how to get along with people of all ages. And they act like they are so enlightened! Disgusting. Most of the young students are incapable of treating older students as their equals. Horrible. If you are an older student, expect to be ignored, suffered, and never really a true collaborative partner. God help you with any group projects. In general, the faculty is super-nice, but the students are real unsophisticated hicks.
Aug 03 2012Nursing
What a joke! Do not waste your time or money on this school!
Where do I startMay 27 2012Music - Performance
Where do I start... probably one of the biggest wastes of time and money (and a lot of it) going to school here. Just saying.

On one hand, I made valuable connections, in the sense that if I hadn't come to school here, I never would have moved to this city and made the connections that have led me to my current successes (which are completely unrelated to my involvement with the school).

On the other many hands, what a bunch of baloney, my god. The standard of excellence (if you could call it such a thing) across the board in all departments, IMHO, is so blatantly askew, I feel that I have not only become less intelligent (dare I say stupider?), but also disconnected from reality.

Don't waste your time, the students are way too cool for you. You probably won't understand the work they are doing, it's so super obscure and avant-garde. They aren't bound by the confines of society's constructs and wouldn't dare do anything that more than ten people would appreciate or understand. Anything, and I mean ANYTHING can and will pass as art/music/dance here.

Students here are so sheltered by academia that it is the only place their work could ever flourish. A professional in my field, I feel that I have to go back and re-learn my trade, as well as how to be successful in the real world, where there IS a standard of excellence. What a nightmare.


The MFA program is ridiculousMay 02 2012Art & Design Department
The MFA program is ridiculous. The teachers are controlling, conforming to the class/dept is required and it's very cult-like. Furthermore, this is the most unaccessible ADA campus I've ever encountered. They should be sued! Finally, they have yet to produce an innovative artist from the MFA program.
I am a graduate student in musicNov 18 2010Music - Performance
I am a graduate student in music. I feel like on one hand the school gives its students a lot of "liberty" to decide their own curriculum or performance ensembles, repertoire, etc... however this also leaves some of the students lost. Many of the graduate courses are mixed with graduates and undergraduates. There is the thesis class, which is OK sure, but this is the exception to the rule. That is, that most of the classes are mixed. Performance majors in repertoire literature for example are required to do orchestration and improvisation classes. While I enjoy these pursuits, I sometimes feel like I am doing another bachelor's degree in half the time. The performance area in general is highly undervalued. To continue believing otherwise is to continue living in delusion. The largely unknown state college I attended for my undergraduate in music looks like Julliard in comparison to this place. The school uses it's wallet to hire a lot of outside contractors. As a result there are incredible performances and festivals, but in day to day life there is a disparity, a lack of an on site presence of performance faculty. There are however incredibly strong areas so I am just saying this as precautionary. Know what you are getting into.
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