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First-Year Students

Mills College welcomes admission applications from students interested in a rigorous academic environment and who exhibit intellectual potential, strength of character, and a love of learning. Admission to Mills College is selective. If you have completed a college preparatory curriculum and you believe you could benefit from a Mills education, we invite you to apply. Consideration is given to students who have prepared for the college level coursework by taking a challenging and rigorous curriculum.

Admission decisions will be mailed by the end of December to fall early action applicants, by mid-March to fall regular decision applicants, and in November to spring applicants.

All offers of admission are contingent upon the satisfactory completion of classes in which the student is currently enrolled.

Students applying for financial aid must submit thefinancial application and their admission application by the appropriate respective deadlines.

To be considered for admission, students must submit the Common Application with a $50 application fee and the following credentials: 
Secondary School Record
Candidates must submit an official high school transcript that includes courses in progress. All candidates must have a secondary school diploma or be eligible for one from an approved high school. Students with a General Educational Development (GED) diploma or a state-approved high school equivalency are also eligible for admission and must submit official evidence of successful completion, in addition to the official high school transcript from the last school attended.

Secondary School Report
All candidates applying from secondary school should submit a school report form to their guidance counselor, college advisor, or principal.  This can be submitted through the Common Application or using Mills' secondary school report form.

Letter of Recommendation
All candidates are required to submit an academic letter of recommendation, preferrably from a teacher, counselor or school administrator.  The letter can be submitted through the Common Application or by using the Mills College recommendation form. Additional letters of recommendation will also be considered.

Entrance Examinations
The College Board SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT is required for first-year applicants. The Admission Committee will consider the student's highest test scores from all test dates. Mills requires that applicants submit all scores from all test dates. A student’s overall record may be enhanced by the presentation of SAT Subject Tests. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for resumer students. Homeschooled students must submit the SAT Reasoning Test and two Subject Tests or submit the ACT. Institution codes are 4485 for SAT and 0332 for ACT.

A student’s extracurricular activities, including community service and/or work experiences, are considered as additional information. We particularly note students who have assumed leadership roles, or who have made positive contributions to their school or community.

An on-campus interview with an admission counselor is recommended as an opportunity for the College to become acquainted with the applicant and for the applicant to get to know the Mills College community. Students not able to visit campus may request an interview through Skype or FaceTime.

Visiting Mills  

Students considering Mills are always welcome to visit the campus. Arrangements for a tour and information session, or class visits, and, if desired, an overnight accommodation in a residence hall, can be made by contacting the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. In addition, special visit programs are held throughout the academic year. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more information.

The Office of Admissions is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm; phone hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Interviews are offered between 9:00 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

To contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions:

510.430.2135 (for international or local students)
510.430.3298 (fax)

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First-Year Application Plans

Early Action Program
A nonbinding Early Action Plan is available to first-year candidates. Applications and all required credentials are due by November 15. Applicants will be notified of admission decisions by the end of December and have until May 1 to respond. Early action applicants will be considered for merit scholarships. See Merit-Based Scholarships for Entering Students for additional details.

Regular Decision
First-year students who wish to be considered for regular decision must submit their application and all required credentials by January 15 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. Candidates applying by this deadline will be considered for merit scholarships. See Merit-Based Mills Scholarships for Entering Students for additional details. Fall applicants will be notified of an admission decision by mid-March.

Early Admission Option
An early admission option is offered to students who have exhausted the course offerings at the high school level and wish to enter Mills after completing three years of secondary school. Early admission candidates should follow the regular fall first-year admission procedure. In addition, a letter from the principal of the secondary school indicating course acceptance and agreeing to award the high school diploma upon successful completion of the first year at Mills must accompany the student’s application. Please note that federal and state financial aid is not available to students who have not completed high school graduation requirements.

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Last Updated: 7/6/15