COVID-19 casualty: Mills College in California will end as 4-year school

By: | March 18, 2021

Left financially reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, Mills College officials announced that the historic women’s college will stop admitting new students after fall 2021 and confer its last undergraduate and graduate degrees in 2023.

The decision comes after years of multimillion dollar deficits and declining enrollment, which were exacerbated by the pandemic, said President Elizabeth Hillman.

Facing a $3 million deficit against a $50 million budget, Hillman said it had become clear that “we can’t actually continue to fulfill Mills’ mission in its current form.” But Hillman said the decision to stop admitting new students won’t lead to Mills closing its picturesque 135-acre Oakland Hills campus — home to the college since 1871 — anytime soon.

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