Mills College has been setting the standard for quality in liberal arts education for more than 160 years. Historically a college for women only, Mills continues that proud tradition today on the undergraduate level. To provide enhanced professional opportunities for all students, Mills also offers renowned graduate programs open to both women and men.

Mills is located in the foothills of Oakland, California, on the east shore of the San Francisco Bay, within reach of the diverse metropolitan centers that make up the greater Bay Area. Amid the green, rolling hills and century-old eucalyptus trees, students find a great place to live and learn. The Mills campus is heavily accented with Mediterranean-style buildings, many designed by architectural innovator Julia Morgan. Paths and streams wind their way through tree groves and meadows, adding to the lush feeling that pervades our 135 acres.


With its roots as the San Francisco Tape Music Center, the Center for Contemporary Music (CCM) maintains an international reputation as a center of musical innovation. The facility oers a variety of electronic equipment, instruments, and studios; provides instruction and technical assistance; and archives audio recordings. CCM also performs a wide variety of community services in the arts, including public concerts and lecture series, informational and technical assistance, and artist residencies.


Signal Flow is an annual concert series held at Mills College for students of the Music Department pursuing graduate degrees in the following programs: MA in Composition, MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media, and MFA in Performance and Literature. Students showcase their culminating work for the program over a 4-day concert series known as Signal Flow.