Admission to Mills 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. Positive consideration is given to students who have prepared for the college experience by taking challenging courses.
Admission decisions will be mailed beginning in December to fall applicants and in November to spring applicants.
All offers of admission are contingent upon maintenance of the standard of performance upon which admission was based for the balance of the applicant’s academic year.
If you are applying for financial aid, you must submit your aid application and your admission application by the appropriate respective deadlines.
In addition to the application for admission, the following credentials are required:
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 secondary school report form to their guidance counselor, college advisor, or principal.
Recommendation forms are provided with the application for a recommendation from one teacher of an academic subject.
The College Board SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT is required for first-year applicants. Mills requires that applicants submit all scores from all test dates. The Admission Committee will consider the student's highest test 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 Test. 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 to acquaint the applicant as thoroughly as possible with Mills.
Students living 50 miles or more from campus may request an interview with an Alumna Admission Representative (AAR) in her area.
Students considering Mills are always welcome to visit the campus. Arrangements for an interview, tour, class visits, and, if desired, overnight accommodation in a residence hall, can be made by writing or calling the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Overnight visits are arranged Monday through Thursday when classes are in session. Special visiting programs are held throughout the academic year. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission for dates and times.
Office hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm weekdays. Phone hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm weekdays.
Interviews are offered between 9:00 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
To contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission:
510.430.2135 (for international or local students)
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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 November 15. Applicants will be notified of admission decisions by mid-December and have until May 1 to respond. Early action applicants will be considered for merit scholarships, music, or science scholarships. See Merit-Based Scholarships for Entering Students for additional details.
First-year students who wish to be considered for merit scholarships, music, or science scholarships must apply and submit all required credentials by January 15. See Merit-Based Mills Scholarships for Entering Students for additional details.
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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