The presidents of Mills College and Northeastern University announced Thursday that they are negotiating a plan under which Mills, a women’s liberal arts college in California, would become a part of Northeastern. Joseph E. Aoun, Northeastern’s president, said, “Through our proposed alliance, we will sustain the granting of degrees on the Mills campus under the name Mills College at Northeastern University. All students currently enrolled at Mills College will have the option to continue and graduate from Mills, or apply to transfer to Northeastern at no additional cost. All existing financial aid commitments made to current Mills students will be honored by Northeastern. We will also establish together the Mills Institute, a hub for research and advocacy that will advance women’s leadership, equity, inclusion, and social justice.”
Elizabeth L. Hillman, president of Mills, wrote, “Mills would become Mills College at Northeastern University. Though Mills would not be an independent, standalone institution, undergraduate and graduate degrees would be offered through a Mills College at Northeastern University. Mills would become gender inclusive at the undergraduate level.”
Mills announced in March that it would no longer admit first-year students.