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General Information

All students may register online through myMILLS via the Mills Resource Portal. All new and readmitted students will have access to online registration during Final Registration, which takes place at the beginning of each term.

Prior to registering, all students must consult with their advisors regarding their course selection. The advisor must approve the student's course selection before the student will be allowed to register.

Registering online requires that the advisor release the registration hold that has been placed on the student's record. Therefore, only students who have made arrangements for their advisor to release this hold will be able to register online. Students who wish to register in the M Center must have a registration form signed by their advisor.

Refer to the Academic Calendar for registration dates and deadlines.

Continuing Student Registration

Continuing students will have access to online registration on the days designated for their class level during Continuing Student Registration, which takes place in mid-April for the following fall semester; mid-October for the following January term; mid-November for the following spring semester; and late-March for the following summer term. Exact dates for registration are included on the Academic Calendar. Continuing students, including those studying off campus or on a leave of absence, must register by the end of Continuing Student Registration or incur a $250 late registration fee.  Please note that registration is not required for the January or summer terms.

Entering and Readmitted Student Registration

Entering and readmitted students register during Final Registration at the beginning of the term. Exact dates are available on the Academic Calendar.

Late Registration

Students who register after the published registration deadline may be assessed a $250 late registration fee. Late registration does not excuse a student from the regular assigned work of a course. Students wishing to register after the add deadline must petition the Academic Standing Committee (ASC). Students who do not register by the add deadline will be considered as having withdrawn without notifying the College.

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Course Selection

Students may choose undergraduate courses from any academic department as long as prerequisites have been met, if applicable. The fall course schedule is available beginning in late March; the winter course schedule is available in early October; the spring course schedule is available in early November; and the summer course schedule is available in early March. The online course schedule reflects any changes in course offerings approved after the publication of the catalog.

Before students can register online, they must consult with their assigned advisor to finalize their schedule and obtain approval of their course selection. Students may access Student Records/View Student Information in their myMILLS account, via the Mills Resource Portal, to confirm their advising assignment.

Class Meeting Times

Classes that meet three days per week are scheduled for 50 minutes, or a total of 150 minutes of instruction per week. Classes that meet two days per week are scheduled for 75 minutes, for a total of 150 minutes of instruction per week. Seminars are scheduled for one class meeting per week for 150 minutes. Evening classes are generally scheduled for one meeting per week for 150 minutes, although occasionally a class may meet for 75 minutes two evenings per week.

Special Courses

In addition to courses listed in the course schedule, students may register for independent study, directed research, teaching practica, and internship course credits. For a description of these opportunities, see the Special Courses section of this catalog. Registering for these courses requires a separate form, available in the M Center and online, or, in the case of internships, at Career Services. Forms must be submitted to the M Center by the add deadline, which is the end of the first two weeks of classes. Internship petitions are reviewed by the Academic Standing Committee, which meets each week during the academic year excluding holidays. Students may not register for special courses online.

Individual Music Instruction
Students who wish to enroll in individual instrument or voice instruction should register for the course as listed in the course schedule at the appropriate level, determined in consultation with their advisor. Students must then contact the Music Department to schedule an audition to be placed with an instructor. Since auditions are a part of the process, students should not assume that they will be enrolled in the class. Once placements are confirmed by the Music Department, the specific course and instructor will be added to the student's schedule. Students who are not placed or who no longer wish to take individual instruction must formally drop the course by the drop deadline.

Service Learning
Mills offers some courses with an optional .25 credit for service learning. These courses are listed in the schedule as a separate section of the regular course for 1.25 credits. This additional .25 credit is earned for volunteer work related to the subject matter of the course, and may require additional assignments or meetings at the discretion of the instructor. Service learning credit must be associated with an academic course. Students may take one service learning course per semester.

Cross-Registration

Students who wish to participate in the Mills cross-registration program must complete the Cross-Registration Permit, which requires approval of each institution's registrar, the student's advisor, and the instructor of the course. The student attends the first class session at the host institution to secure the instructor’s signature. (See Cross-Registration under Academic Opportunities Off Campus.)

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Adding a Course

During the period of time that they have access, students may add courses online. Students who wish to add a course to their schedule after registration may do so without penalty up to the add deadline, which is the end of the first two weeks of classes. Exact dates are available on the Academic Calendar. Students wishing to add a class after their access has expired must complete an Add/Drop form and secure the signature of the advisor and, if the course is closed, the signature of the instructor. After the add deadline, students may add a course only with the approval of the Academic Standing Committee. If the petition is approved, the course will be added to the student's schedule and a late add fee of $150 will be charged to the student's account. Add/Drop forms are available in the M Center and online.

Dropping a Course

During the period of time that they have access, students may drop courses online. Once their access has expired, students who wish to drop a course must complete an Add/Drop form and secure the signature of their advisor, and, beginning the third week of classes, the signature of the instructor. Students may drop courses at any time during the first eight weeks of the semester and these courses will not appear on their transcript. Exact dates are available on the Academic Calendar. Students are advised to refer to the Tuition and Fees Adjustment Policy if the drop will change their enrollment status to part time. Part-time students and auditors who reduce credits or drop courses after the first day of the term should also refer to the Tuition and Fees Adjustment Policy.

After the first eight weeks of the semester, students may drop a course only with the approval of the Academic Standing Committee. If the petition is approved, the course will be dropped from the student's schedule and a late drop fee of $150 will be charged to the student's account. Add/Drop forms are available in the M Center and online.

Withdrawing from a Course

During the ninth and tenth weeks of the semester, students may withdraw from a course by completing an Add/Drop form, securing the signatures of the advisor and instructor, and submitting the form to the M Center. Courses from which a student has withdrawn will appear on the transcript with a "W" grade, which is not calculated in the student's GPA. After the first 10 weeks of the semester but not beyond the final day of instruction, students may withdraw from a course only with the approval of the Academic Standing Committee. If the petition is approved, a late withdrawal fee of $150 will be charged to the student's account. Add/Drop forms are available in the M Center and online.

Students should refer to the Academic Calendar for the exact add, drop, and withdrawal deadlines.

Unofficial Withdrawal

Students who do not formally drop a course and who have not attended the course may receive either an "F" grade or a "UW" ("Unofficial Withdrawal") at the discretion of the instructor.

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Changing Grade Options

Most Mills academic courses are offered with two grading options: graded or "Pass/No Pass." Other courses are offered for "Pass/No Pass" only. In the case of courses that have both grade options, students should select the option when they register. Students who wish to change the grading option of a course may do so online during the period of time they have access or by completing an Add/Drop form and securing the signature of their advisor. Beginning the third week of the term, the signature of the instructor is required as well. The course with the original grading option is listed as a drop and the same course with the new grading option is listed as an add. Beginning the ninth week of the term, students may change the grading option of a course only with the approval of the Academic Standing Committee. Students should refer to the Academic Calendar for the exact deadline.

Changing a grade option to or from "Audit" must be done within the first two weeks of the term (see Auditing a Course) by completing an Add/Drop form and securing the signature of the advisor. The course with the original grading option is listed as a drop and the same course with the new grading option is listed as an add.

Credit Value Changes

Most Mills undergraduate academic courses are offered for 1 semester course credit. However, students may elect to enroll in one of these courses for between .25 and 1.25 semester course credits. In these cases, students need to complete and submit a Credit Value Change form, available in the M Center and online.

This form requires a description of the additional work that will be completed, in the case of an increase in credit; or the reduced course work that the student will complete, in the case of a decrease in credit. Credit Value Change forms require the signature of the instructor and must be submitted by the add deadline for a credit increase and by the drop deadline for a credit decrease. The credit value change option is applicable only to courses that are listed in the catalog as 1 semester course credit. After the first eight weeks, no change in credit value may be made, except with the approval of the Academic Standing Committee.

Variable Credit

Variable-credit courses are offered for a range of credit. Students have the option of choosing the amount of credit they wish when registering. Students may increase credit for variable-credit courses by the add deadline and may decrease credit by the drop deadline.

During the time they have access, students may change the credit for variable-credit courses online. Once their access has expired, students wishing to change credit for these courses must complete an Add/Drop form and secure the signature of their advisors, and, beginning the third week of courses, the signature of the instructor. The course with the original credit amount is listed as a drop and the same course with the new credit amount is listed as an add. Refer to the Academic Calendar for exact dates.

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Auditing a Course

Students may formally audit a course with permission from the instructor and faculty advisor. Auditors do not participate in class work, take examinations, or receive credit, and they may not subsequently request to receive credit by examination. Full-time students do not pay an additional fee to audit a course; part-time students may refer to the Tuition and Fees section of this catalog for information regarding the costs associated with auditing courses.

Students who choose to audit a course after registration but before the add deadline may register for the course or change the grading option of a course online during the period of time they have access or by completing an Add/Drop form, securing the appropriate signatures, and submitting it to the M Center no later than the add deadline. Under no circumstances will a student be allowed to enroll to audit a course after the add deadline. In addition, students will not be allowed to change a grading option to or from "Audit" after the add deadline. Students who drop all course work except an audited course must complete an Application for Auditor Status, available online and in the M Center (see Auditors).

Auditors

Individuals who are not degree-seeking Mills students are welcome to audit Mills courses. An Application for Auditor Status is available online and in the M Center and requires the signatures of the student, the instructor, and the head of the applicable department. Once these signatures are obtained, the form is submitted to the M Center and the student will be enrolled in the course(s). The auditor may attend the class only after the form is submitted and the fee has been paid. Refer to the Tuition and Fees section of this catalog for information regarding the costs associated with auditing courses.

Cancelled Courses

Courses may be cancelled at the College's discretion. In the case of a course cancellation, students will be dropped from the class and notified by email.

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Last Updated: 6/4/13