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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. As a women's college, Mills only considers female applicants for undergraduate admission. Once admitted, any student who completes the College's graduation requirements will be awarded a degree. Each year we also welcome a few male students, who may be participants in our cross-registration programs with local colleges and universities or our own graduate students, into some undergraduate classes. 

A student's high school or college record is generally the most reliable predictor of academic success. The application, writing sample, 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 course 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


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Last Updated: 7/2/14