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School Spotlight: Mills College

Mills College
Elyse Krantz

Written by Elyse Krantzon December 12th, 2017

I became interested in the college admissions process after serving as a student tour guide in the admissions office of my alma mater. After graduating, I accepted an admissions counseling position at Bennington College in Vermont where I evaluated applications and reviewed art portfolios from students across the country. Three years later, after pursuing my master's degree in New York City, I joined the admissions staff at Barnard College where I served as a senior admissions officer. At Barnard, I directed Long Island and Boston recruitment in addition to managing the College's alumnae interview program, coordinating admissions statistics, and editing various college publications. Having also served as an alumni interviewer for Dartmouth College and visited over 75 colleges, I feel especially well-equipped to help students prepare for admission interviews and campus tours.
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There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school! School Spotlight: Mills College Oakland, CA Although all are female, there is no typical Mills College student. Fifty-seven percent are students of color, and 15 percent are over the age of 23. What Mills students do share is a passion to change the world and a desire to take intellectual risks. The wooded 135-acre campus, located just east of San Francisco, supports 762 undergraduate women and 549 co-ed graduate students. As a leader in the arts, Mills offers outstanding programs in modern dance and contemporary music. Other popular majors include English, psychology, sociology, economics, and biology. When students aren’t working hard in the classroom, many turn to athletics and recreation to keep their bodies active. Although gym isn’t a required course, half of all students are enrolled in a PE class each semester. And with options like trail running, yoga, Zumba, sailing, and personal defense, it’s easy to see why! At Mills, sustainability and dining go hand in hand. In addition to supporting local agriculture, the campus dining venues serve grass-fed beef, cage-free eggs, fair-trade coffee, and plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Amazing fact: beginning fall 2018, the College will be reducing tuition by 36 percent, bringing undergraduate tuition to under $29,000! Image Credit: Top, Courtesy of Mills College College-Visit-CTA


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