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Applying For Admission

Mills College is looking for students with potential and desire to succeed in a rigorous academic environment. We seek a diverse group of individuals who exhibit intellectual potential, strength of character, and a love of learning. Admission is determined by a holistic review of the student’s overall acadmic record. While great weight is placed on academic records, we also consider leadership skills, character, and special talents.

The purpose of our personalized and holistic application and admission process is to find students who will gain the most from the programs and opportunities offered at Mills. We look for students who want a college that will empower them and expand their horizons. We seek students who are ready to work hard to achieve their goals, women who will bring a wide variety of interests and backgrounds to the Mills community so that they can learn from each other.

A student's high school or college record is generally the most reliable predictor of academic success. The application, writing samples, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, and an optional (but strongly encouraged) interview give further evidence of scholastic ability and personal promise. It is the combination of these factors that determines admission to the College.

We are most interested in understanding the prospective student as an individual, so we can determine whether Mills can meet their needs and goals. Therefore, all credentials submitted by the student should present their background, strengths, thoughts, and interests in the clearest possible manner.

It is recommended that applicants have taken college preparatory courses to include: four years of English; two or more years of social sciences; two or more years of foreign languages; three or more years of mathematics; and two or more years of science. We strongly encourage students to challenge themselves by taking rigorous course work. Secondary school alternative study programs of an academic nature, such as independent study and pass/no-pass courses, are given positive consideration if evidence is presented that confirms their value in preparation for college.

Application Deadlines, First-Year Students

  • November 15: Early Action deadline for fall admission
  • January 15: Regular decision deadline for fall admission
  • November 1: Priority deadline for spring admission

Application Deadlines, Transfer Students

  • March 1: Priority deadline for fall admission and scholarship consideration
  • April 1: Regular decision deadline for fall admission
  • November 1: Priority deadline for spring admission


Mills College Undergraduate Admissions Policy for Transgender or Gender Questioning Applicants
Mills College is committed to the proud tradition as a women's college at the undergraduate level with graduate programs for men and women.

Mills does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, marital status, age, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, or disability (in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, 1973 Rehabilitation Act Section 504, and implementing regulations) in its admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, or in the educational programs, co-curricular activities and residential facilities which it operates. Mills' admission policies are informed by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which allows for single-sex admissions policies in institutions of higher education that have historically served women. Mills admits self-identified women and people assigned female at birth who do not fit into the gender binary at the undergraduate level; and all genders at the graduate level. Within these parameters, Mills does not discriminate on the basis of gender identity and expression in its admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, or in the educational programs, co-curricular activities and residential facilities which it operates.

Mills College admits students of all genders to its graduate programs, and "self-identified" women to its undergraduate programs. Mills shall not discriminate against applicants whose gender identity does not match their legally assigned sex. Students who self-identify as female are eligible to apply for undergraduate admission. This includes students who were not assigned to the female sex at birth but live and identify as women at the time of application. It also includes students who are legally assigned to the female sex, but who identify as transgender or gender fluid. Students assigned to the female sex at birth who have undergone a legal change of gender to male prior to the point of application are not eligible for admission.

Where there is a conflict between the student's self-identified gender and the gender that appears on legal documentation such as an academic transcript or documents provided as part of the financial aid process, the student is strongly encouraged to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for a discussion around their desire to attend a women's college and how they self-identify in terms of gender. This self-identification shall be the driving force behind the College's eligibility decision.

Once admitted, any student who completes the College's graduation requirements shall be awarded a degree.

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