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Attendance Requirements

Residency Requirement | Student Status

Residency Requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS)
To satisfy the residency requirement at Mills, degree-seeking students must:

  • be in attendance at Mills for a minimum of three semesters;
  • be in attendance at Mills during the last two semesters before they graduate; and
  • complete at least 12 semester course credits in attendance at Mills, not including cross-registration courses.

Courses taken through cross-registration, concurrent enrollment, domestic exchange/visit, or international study do not count toward the residency requirement.

With the approval of the Academic Standing Committee (ASC), students may be allowed to spend the second semester of their sophomore year or their first semester of their senior year on exchange or study abroad when their academic program justifies an absence. In these cases, the requirement of a minimum of 12 semester course credits in attendance at Mills still applies.

In exceptional circumstances, a student may petition the ASC to complete up to 2 final semester course credits of work outside the major at another institution, provided the student has completed a total of at least 32 credits before leaving Mills, has no more than 2 credits remaining to fulfill the degree, and has met the residency requirement of 12 semester course credits in attendance at Mills (see Graduation In Absentia).

Nursing Certificate
To satisfy the residency requirement at Mills, students enrolled in the Nursing Certificate Program must:

  • be in attendance at Mills for a minimum of two semesters;
  • be in attendance at Mills during the last two semesters before they graduate; and
  • complete at least 8.5 semester course credits of required course work for the certificate in attendance at Mills, not including cross-registration courses, at least two of which are core science courses, or more if needed to complete the requirements for the certificate.

Courses taken through cross-registration or concurrent enrollment do not count toward the residency requirement.

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Student Status

Course Load
A regular full-time course load consists of 4.25 semester course credits per semester or a total of 8.5 semester course credits each year. Students receiving financial assistance must be enrolled in a minimum of 3.5 semester course credits, and are typically expected to earn a minimum of 8.5 semester course credits per year. The maximum course load for first-year students in their first semester is 4.75 semester course credits. The maximum course load for all other undergraduates is 5 semester course credits. Thirty-four semester course credits are required for the BA and BS degrees and 17 semester course credits are required for the Nursing Certificate.

Overload
Any semester course schedule with more than 5 semester course credits constitutes an overload. Overloads must be approved by the Academic Standing Committee (ASC) and are generally granted only to students with a Mills College cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. First-year students in their first semester at Mills are not eligible to take an overload. Students enrolled in teaching practica or academic internships are not permitted course overloads. The maximum overload credit allowed is 5.75 semester course credits in any semester. There are no exceptions. (See Tuition and Fees for information on overload fees.)

Course Load

Credits

ASC Petition Required

 Fee Incurred

Full time

3.5–5

No

 No

Part time

Fewer than 3.5

No

 No

Overload

5.25–5.75

Yes

 Yes

Class Standing
Students who are candidates for the bachelor’s degree are classified as first years, sophomores, juniors, or seniors. The following chart indicates the credit range for each classification:

Class Standing

Completed Credits

First year

Fewer than 8.5 credits

Sophomore

8.5–16.75 credits

Junior

17–25.25 credits

Senior

25.5 credits or more

Leave of Absence
Students may take a leave of absence from the College for a period not exceeding two consecutive semesters or a total of four semesters. A student wishing to take a leave of absence should contact the Division of Student Life to complete the required paperwork. An enrolled student who wishes to apply for a leave of absence or a withdrawal effective for the term in which the student is currently enrolled must file paperwork by the last day of instruction. Students should contact the M Center to learn the financial ramifications of taking a leave of absence. (See Tuition and Fees Adjustment Policy and Return of Federal, State, and Institutional Financial Aid Policy.)

Students who wish to enroll in classes elsewhere while on leave from Mills are advised to submit a Transfer Credit Verification form to the M Center to confirm that the course(s) will transfer to Mills. Upon completion of the courses, the student should request official transcripts to be mailed to the M Center. These transcripts must be received by the end of the student’s first semester of return to Mills.

International students are not permitted to take a leave of absence and should consult with the international student advisor in the Division of Student Life regarding any breaks in attendance.

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Withdrawal
A student wishing to withdrawl from the College should contact the Division of Student Life to complete the required paperwork. Students should contact the M Center to learn the financial ramifications of withdrawing from the College. (See Tuition and Fees Adjustment Policy and Return of Federal, State, and Institutional Financial Aid Policy.)

Failure to register for courses without petitioning for a leave of absence or withdrawal will result in termination of enrollment and withdrawn without notice status. A $150 processing fee will be charged to all students who are reinstated.

Readmission
Withdrawn and disqualified students who wish to return to Mills must submit an Undergraduate Application for Readmission, to the M Center.

Completed applications submitted by the last day of the semester (see Academic Calendar for dates) will be reviewed in early June.  Applications submitted after the last day of the term will be reviewed within four weeks.  Applicants will be notified of the readmission decision in writing.

A student who wishes to be readmitted following academic disqualification must submit the readmission application and fee with an official transcript of at least one full-time semester of transferable course work from a regionally accredited college or university.

A student who has been away from Mills for more than five years must reapply for admission through the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Readmission applications for students who have been away from Mills for five or fewer years are reviewed by the Academic Standing Committee (ASC). The student's prior Mills record and, in the case of disqualified students, subsequent course work will be considered by the ASC in making its decision regarding readmission.

Transcripts for any course work completed while away from Mills must be submitted with the application.

 

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Last Updated: 8/9/13