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Transfer Students
Transferring from Other Colleges

Priority admission and scholarship consideration is given to applicants who submit required materials by the March 1 Regular Decision deadline for fall entry and November 1 for spring entry. For financial aid purposes, California residents applying for a Cal Grant must file the FAFSA and GPA Verification form by the March 2 deadline. Applications received after the regular decision deadlines will be considered on a rolling basis. Financial aid and scholarships may still be available. Please call the Office of Undergraduate Admission for additional information.

In addition to the Application for Undergraduate Admission, the following are required:

Secondary School Record
Applicants must submit an official secondary school transcript with proof of high school graduation only if the student has fewer than 24 transferable units. The General Education Development (GED) diploma or state-approved high school graduation equivalency may be substituted for the high school diploma. Applicants with an AA degree, but without a secondary school diploma or equivalent, may also be considered for admission.

College Record
Students currently enrolled in college should submit a transcript that includes all subjects completed and courses in progress. An official transcript must be sent from each college attended.

Up to two years of a normal course load at an accredited community or four-year college is acceptable for transfer and usually will result in junior standing if all work is in the liberal arts curriculum. Not all course work taken at other colleges may be counted toward fulfillment of the Mills major or degree requirements; this will be determined by the M Center in consultation with relevant Mills academic departments. A preliminary evaluation of transferable credit is provided upon admission.

Entrance Examinations
Transfer applicants must present the official results of the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT taken during the high school or college years if they have fewer than 24 transferable semester units. Students presenting 24 or more transferable semester units may omit this requirement. Exceptions to the standardized test requirement will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Institution codes are 4485 for SAT and 0332 for ACT.

Students are required to submit one recommendation from a college instructor. The appropriate recommendation form is included with the application.

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 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 Admission. Overnight visits are arranged Monday through Thursday when classes are in session. In addition, special visit programs are held throughout the academic year. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission for more information.

The Office of Admission 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 Admission:
510.430.2135 (for international or local students)
510.430.3298 (fax)

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Nontraditional/Resuming Students
Resuming students are women aged 23 and older and comprise one‑quarter of our undergraduate students. Resuming students apply for admission as transfer students if they have taken college classes or as first-year students if they have not. Resuming students who experience difficulty in obtaining the required letters of recommendation are encouraged to call the Office of Undergraduate Admission to discuss possible alternatives.

Visiting Students
A student may, by mutual institutional agreement, take courses at Mills as a visiting student to complete the course work necessary to obtain a degree from her home institution. A visiting student completes the admission application and submits all required credentials by the fall or spring semester deadlines for transfer admission. She must also submit confirmation from her home institution that credit earned at Mills will transfer to her home institution. A visiting student does not receive financial aid or merit scholarship from Mills. Students from institutions that participate in exchange or visiting programs with Mills are exempt from the undergraduate application process. Students can contact the M Center at 510.430.2000 or records@mills.edu for more information.

Non-matriculated persons may be accepted as auditors in a course during any academic term. Auditors must obtain the consent of the department head and the instructor involved and pay the audited course fee. The student is under the authority of the instructor, but no grade or credit for the course is given and no record kept. Inquiries regarding auditor status should be addressed to the M Center.

Second Bachelor Degree Candidates
Students who have already completed a bachelor's degree (BA or BS) may apply to Mills as second bachelor degree candidates through the Office of Undergraduate Admission. The second BA or BS must be in a field that is unrelated to the first degree. Students will be required to spend a minimum of three semesters at Mills and complete at least 12 semester course credits, or more if needed to complete the new major. Students are not required to complete the Mills general education requirements or other degree requirements, but are required to complete requirements pertaining to the major.

Mills College Undergraduate Admissions' Policy for Transgendered 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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About Mills

Academic Requirements

Academic Regulations

Transfer Credit


Advising and Registration

Course Descriptions

Majors and Minors

Graduate Degree and Certifcate Programs

Student Life



Financial Aid

Last Updated: 7/2/14