Find your place—

In an environment of diverse ages, backgrounds, cultures, and viewpoints.

We owe our rich campus climate to the wide range of students and professors who walk our halls. Whether you are 18, 25, or 50, your life experience will inform and enlighten your classmates—as theirs in turn will transform you.

Are you a resuming student?

Are you 23 years of age or older? Then you are a resuming student!

Mills College welcomes applications from resuming students. If you have never attended college, you should follow the guidelines for first-year applicants. If you have any college experience, you should follow the guidelines for transfer applicants.


Helpful Information:


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 resuming students.

We strongly encourage all resuming students to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission and schedule an interview with an admission counselor to discuss their college plans and prepare for the application process.

Mills does not offer a special program for resuming women. Resuming students 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 resuming student organization.

Application Deadlines

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*
* To apply after this date, please call the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 800.87.MILLS


Resuming Students FAQs

What does Mills have to offer resumers?
Mills College offers an exceptional liberal arts and sciences curriculum, including the foundation necessary for advanced study. Over 20 percent of our undergraduates are resuming students, and they find that the campus welcomes students of all ages

I am 25 (or 35... or 55...) years old. Will I be out of place with traditional-aged undergraduates?
With over 20 percent of the undergraduate population over the age of 23, you will find many resuming students at Mills. Classes have a lively mix of all ages at Mills.

What if I can't get letters of recommendation?
Applicants may substitute an employer letter of recommendation in place of an instructor recommendation if they have not attended school in the last two years. If you have any questions about letters of recommendation, please telephone the Office of Undergraduate Admission to discuss your particular situation.

Is there child care on campus?
Yes. The School of Education houses the oldest laboratory school on the West Coast. Founded in 1926, the Children's School offers programs for children from five months of age through fifth grade. While students receive priority consideration, early application is advised. For an application or further information please contact the Children's School at 510.430.2118.

Resuming Students In Their Own Words


Challenging herself in new ways

Exposure to a new discipline helped Ashley discover a fulfilling academic path.


Exploring a lifelong passion for social justice

Shunkila's interest in ethnic studies made the globally aware community at Mills a perfect fit.


We welcome students with life experience.

  • 16% of Mills undergraduates are resumers—students 23 years of age or older.
  • More than half identify as students of color.
  • Mills students come from 40 states and 6 countries.

Last Updated: 10/21/14