Apply to Mills College.

Welcome to the Mills application process! We are looking for students with potential and desire to succeed in a rigorous academic environment. We are interested in finding out about your intellectual curiosity, creativity, and commitment to learning.

Ready to apply? Here are some key deadlines for you to remember. Resuming, nursing, and international students, you will also apply as either a first-year or transfer student, depending on your college experience.

Application Deadlines for First-Year Students

Fall Admission  
Early Action November 15
Regular Decision January 15*
Financial Aid Forms Due February 15
Enrollment Deposit Due May 1
* To apply after this date, please call the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 800.87.MILLS
Spring Admission November 1

 

Application Deadlines for Transfer Students

Fall Admission  
Priority Scholarship Consideration March 1
Financial Aid Forms Due March 2
Regular Decision April 1
Enrollment Deposit Due May 1
Spring Admission November 1

 

Application Requirements


First-Year Students

Requirements

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 advanced courses. We recommend a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and SAT scores above 1500 combined (math, critical reading and writing).

Application
Apply to Mills with the online Common Application.

Supplemental Questions
The admissions process gives us an oppourtunity to get to know you better. We ask that students respond to the supplemental questions found on the common application.

$50 Application Fee
Your payment will be collected through the common application. Should you choose to submit a check or money order please make it payable to Mills College and include your full name on teh payment.

Secondary School Report
Ask your counselor or principal to complete the School Report or the Mills School Report. This should be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Official Secondary School Transcript(s)
Required of all applicants. Ask your high school to send your transcript directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. It should include all course work undertaken since grade nine, a cumulative grade point average, and an interpretation of the grading system. School records in other languages must be accompanied by a certified English translation. If your name on the transcript is different from the name you use now, be sure your current name is noted on the transcript as well.

High School Documentation
Either a high school transcript, a GED, or a state-approved high school proficiency exam.

Official College Transcript(s)
If you have enrolled in college courses and the grades do not appear on your secondary school transcript the college transcripts are required.

Official transcripts from all colleges attended must be sent directly to Mills from the issuing institution. Transcripts must indicate courses in progress. If your name has changed, be sure your current name appears on the transcript as well.

One Recommendation
Ask one teacher of an academic subject who knows you well to write on your behalf, using the Teacher Evaluation form or the Academic Recommendation form. They should mail the form directly to the Office of Admissions. A formal letter of recommendation may be substituted for these forms. Resuming students may substitute an employer recommendation in place of teacher recommendations if they have not attended college in the last two years.

Official SAT (Reasoning Test) OR ACT
(American College Test) Score Report

Required of all first-year applicants and transfer students with fewer than 24 transferable semester hours. International students and students enrolled in secondary schools outside the U.S. must also submit scores. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for resumer students and international students who have 24 or more transferable semester hours. The Mills College school code for the SAT is 4485, and the school code for the ACT is 0332.

Admission
While interviews are not required, we strongly encourage applicants to have an interview. It is a great way for you to learn more about Mills and for us to learn about you. We offer interviews on campus, on Skype, FaceTime and in certain locations throughout the year. Contact the Office of Admissions for additional information.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS
Required of international students for whom English is a second language. Score reports should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Also required: bank statement; official copies of school-leaving examinations; official SAT results; and the International Supplements. The Mills College school code for the TOEFL is 4485. This requirement may be waived if the SAT Critical Reading score is 600 or higher.

Deadlines

Entering
Semester

Application
Plans

Application
Deadlines

Notification
Dates

Fall

Early Action*

November 15

December

Fall

Regular**

January 15

March

Spring

Regular

November 1

Late December

*A nonbinding Early Action Program is offered to first-year students who wish to receive an admission decision in December.
** To apply after this date, please call the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 800.87.MILLS.

Transfer Students

Requirements

Transferring to Mills is simple. You don’t need a minimum number of courses to transfer—you can transfer with as little as 1 credit completed. General education requirements can be completed before or after you transfer. (In fact, we encourage you to consider completing your general education requirements at Mills.)

Mills offers small intimate classes that are taught by professors who know you as an individual, not a number. There are no impacted classes or majors at Mills. You can get the classes you need to graduate on time. We accept transfer applications for both the fall and spring semesters.

Application
Apply to Mills with the online Common Application.

The recommended minimum GPA to apply to Mills is 3.0. We consider other factors such as writing skills, strength of curriculum, and number of credit hours.

Writing Sample
Provide a one- to five-page graded analytical paper as an example of your recent academic work. This may be mailed, scanned and emailed or faxed. If you do not have a graded paper, the Personal Essay in the Common Application will suffice.

$50 Application Fee
Pay online through the Common Application, or send a check or money order payable to Mills College. Please write your name on your check or money order.

Official College Transcript(s)
Official transcripts from all colleges attended must be sent directly to Mills from the issuing institution. Transcripts must indicate courses in progress. Please make sure your current name appears on the college transcripts.

Instructor Evaluation
Ask a professor of an academic subject who knows you well to complete a recommendation on your behalf using the Common Application Online Recommendation System. A formal letter of recommendation may be substituted for this form. Applicants may substitute an employer recommendation in place of an instructor recommendation if they have not attended college in the last two years.

Transfer students who have completed fewer than 24 transferable semester credits must also submit the following:

Official Secondary School Record

Applicants must submit an official secondary school transcript indicating high school graduation. Applicants who have not graduated from high school must also submit the General Education Development (GED) Diploma or state-approved high school graduation equivalency exam. When submitting your documents, if your name has changed, be sure your current name appears on the secondary school transcript as well.

Official SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) OR ACT (American College Test) Score Report

Resuming students (age 23 or over) may request an exception to this requirement.  Exceptions are considered on a case by case basis. All international students and all students enrolled in secondary schools outside the US must submit SAT or ACT scores.

The following forms listed for transfer students in the Common Application are NOT required:

  • College Official’s Report
  • Final Report

The Mid-Term Report is optional.

Deadlines

Entering
Semester

Priority Application Deadlines

Regular Application Deadlines

Notification
Dates

Fall

March 1

April 1 and rolling thereafter

April

Spring

November 1

November 1 and rolling thereafter

December

Candidates are typically notified within three weeks of receipt of the application and all required materials. Applicants for the spring semester have two weeks from receipt of their admission offer or their financial aid award offer, whichever is later, to submit an enrollment deposit. Applicants for the fall semester have until May 1 to submit an enrollment deposit.

Guidelines

Transfer Guidelines for Science Majors (17.5k, pdf)

Studio Art Transfer Guidelines (149k, pdf)

Mills Nursing Partnership Program - Transfer Guidelines (12.4k, pdf)

Mills Nursing Partnership Program - Frequently Asked Questions (14.4k, pdf)

Articulation Agreements

Most course work completed at an accredited four-year, liberal arts institution will transfer to Mills College. Courses taken at California community colleges that transfer to the University of California (UC) system are generally transferable to Mills. Please refer to the Mills Undergraduate Catalog for a detailed description of Mills' transfer of credit policy.

Mills College has articulation agreements with a number of California community colleges (see below). These agreements indicate which courses in various areas of IGETC (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum) will satisfy general education requirements at Mills. Although many students wish to complete general education requirements prior to transferring, keep in mind that you can complete these requirements AFTER transferring to Mills. If your school is not listed below but is a California community college, please refer to the General Education Matrix for transfer students.

Articulation Agreements
Berkeley City College
Cabrillo College
Chabot College
City College of San Francisco
College of Alameda
College of Marin
College of San Mateo
Cottey College
De Anza College
Diablo Valley College
El Camino College
Foothill College
Gavilan College
Laney College
Las Positas College
Los Medanos College
Marymount College
Mendocino College
Merritt College
Napa Valley College
Orange Coast College
Pasadena City College
Sacramento City College
San Jose City College
Santa Monica College
Santa Rosa Junior College
Skyline College

Honors Partnerships

Mills College offers special benefits to students who are certified honors students from partner colleges (see below) who submit completed applications by the stated deadlines. Benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Priority admission consideration
  • Application fee waiver
  • Renewable annual scholarships in the range of $10,500 to $14,000 for students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Invitations to campus visit programs

Honors Partners

All colleges that are members of the Honors Transfer Council of California, including:

City College of San Francisco
Foothill College
Las Positas College
Los Medanos College
Santa Monica College
Skyline College

Nursing Students

Requirements

Admission to the Nursing Program at Mills College is selective; a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher is strongly recommended. We also recommend taking college preparatory curriculum, including courses in biology, chemistry, and mathematics.

To apply as a transfer student, a minimum college GPA of 3.0 or higher is required. Admission is typically offered to students who demonstrate mastery in science; if you have not taken classes in the sciences, we recommend that you take introductory level chemistry and biology classes before applying to Mills. Only two nursing science courses and six general education courses, comparable to the Mills curriculum, may transfer.  Transfer students will be admitted on a space-available basis.

The guarantee of admission to Samuel Merritt University requires at least one year of full-time study (including two nursing science courses) at Mills. Transfer to Samuel Merritt University is guaranteed for the fall semester. Admission to Samuel Merritt University is guaranteed to students who achieve a 3.0 GPA in the nursing curriculum and the required score on the TEAS.

Application Instructions and Supplemental Forms

You may apply to the Nursing Program as a first-year, transfer, or international student.

Students who already have a bachelor's degree in another area may apply for admission to the program.

If you are a first-year applicant, visit First-Year Students for deadlines, instructions, and forms.

If you are applying as a transfer student, please see Transfer Guidelines for the Mills College Partnership Program in Nursing or visit Transfer Students for deadlines, instructions, and forms.

If you are an international applicant, you must apply as a first-year student or as a transfer student, as appropriate. In addition, you are required to submit the International Supplement.

Resuming Students

Requirements

Women 23 years of age or older who have delayed entrance to college, or who wish to resume work toward the bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree, are considered resumers. Students who have completed course work at another college must apply for transfer admission. If, however, a student has completed more than 24 semester hours of transferable college work, submission of standardized test results (SAT or ACT) is optional.

Resumers who have no previous college experience must apply for first-year admission and should contact the Office of Admissions to speak with an admission counselor.

All resumers must have either a high school diploma, a GED, a state-approved high school proficiency exam, or an associate's degree. High school proficiency diplomas are not acceptable. Official secondary school transcripts must be submitted by all students. You must also provide one letter of recommendation from one instructor if you have recently attended college, or a letter of recommendation from an employer if you have not.

Mills does not offer a special program for resuming women. Resumers are merged with the traditional-aged population and typically enroll as full-time students. Over 20 percent of the undergraduate population are resumers. An informal network has been established through the Mary Atkins Association, a campus resumer student organization.

Deadlines

Entering
Semester

Application Plans

Application
Deadlines

Notification
Dates

Fall

Early Action
(First-Year Students Only)

November 15

December

Fall

Regular Decision
(First-Year Students Only)

January 15

March

Fall

Transfer

April 1

Late April

Spring

First-Year Students
Transfers

November 1

Early December

International Students

Requirements

Submit appropriate academic credentials for applying as a first-year or transfer student.

Additional required credentials:

  • Official results of all school-leaving examinations
  • Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) results or Official IELTS results. Required TOEFL score: 550 paper, or 213 CBT, or 80 IBT, or IELTS score: 6.5.
  • Official SAT or ACT results.
  • School records in other languages must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  • International Supplements (47k, pdf)
  • Bank statement showing the required minimum support as indicated on the International Supplements

Deadlines

Entering
Semester

Application Plans

Application
Deadlines

Notification
Dates

Fall

Early Action
(First-Year Students Only)

November 15

December

Fall

Regular Decision
(First-Year Students Only)

January 15

March

Fall

Transfer

April 1

Late April

Spring

First-Year Students
Transfers

November 1

Early December



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Office of Undergraduate Admission
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613
P: 800.87.MILLS
P: 510.430.2135
F: 510.430.3298
E: admission@mills.edu

Helpful Links for Transfer & Nursing Students

Articulation Agreements
General Education Matrix for Transfer Students
Nursing Partnership Program—FAQs
Nursing Partnership Program—Transfer Guidelines
Transfer Guidelines for Science Majors

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  • Average high school GPA 3.64
  • SAT range 1570-1850
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  • ACT range 23–28
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Last Updated: 10/23/13