Keeping the promise

A partnership between Mills and Oakland schools eases the path to college for outstanding local students.

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One day can change a life.

For 23 Oakland high school students, that day came on February 10, when they attended a Preview Admission Day at Mills – and learned on the spot that they had been accepted to the College for fall 2018.

The day offered an authentic taste of Mills, with campus tours led by current students, financial aid workshops, and academic sessions on educational inequity in the Bay Area and the role of women in hip-hop culture. The “instant admission” decisions, delivered in one-on-one conversations with an admission counselor, are part of the College’s commitment to Oakland Promise, a collaboration between Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, the Oakland Unified School District, the East Bay College Fund, and local university leaders that aims to ensure that every Oakland child who graduates from high school has the resources and support to complete college and pursue the career of their choice.

Oakland Promise admissions come with a minimum financial aid package of $7,000; additional individual merit scholarships offers totaled as much as $10,000.

“It was an incredibly successful day for these young students and for Mills,” says Director of Admissions Robynne Lofton. “There were lots of hugs, tears, smiles, and hope.”

Provost Chinyere Oparah chats with interested Oakland high school students.
A proud student shows off her Mills acceptance letter.