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New Student Checklist

We've compiled this handy checklist to help you keep track of the different items you need to complete before arriving at Mills College for SO Mills: Student Orientation 2014 on Tuesday, January 21. We look forward to seeing you!



Beginning December 2

Review and develop your course schedule by finding classes that interest you.

• If you have alredy registered for classes, be sure to review your schedule and determine if any adjustments are needed.

When you meet with your advisor, fill out a Declaration of Major form. File this form with the M Center after your meeting.

December 18

Fulfill one of your general education requirements by completing the COLLEGE 005 information literacy course online.

• The online course encompasses training and assessment tests on library research methods and the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint software.
• COLLEGE 005 must be completed during your first year at Mills.

By December 31

Activate your Mills computing account and complete the Mills “Self-Guided Computer Orientation.”

• You will set your password, visit the Mills Resource Portal (an important gateway to campus resources), check your new Mills email account, connect to MyFiles for personal file storage, learn where the student computer labs are located on campus, read the computer lab rules, and have the option to sign up for the Emergency Notification Service.

By December 31

Learn about Health and Counseling Services available to you on campus at Mills on our Health and Counseling webpages.

• The Health and Counseling Services webpages include information about the on-campus Student Health Center. Office visits to the Student Heath Center (including physicals and annual exams) are free for all Mills students when you present your student ID card.

By December 31

Review medical insurance requirements on our Wellness and Community Outreach webpage. Enroll in the College’s Student Health Plan or waive medical insurance online through the Kaiser Permanente StudentNet site.

• The open enrollment period for the Student Health Plan is December 1, 2013–January 31, 2014.
• The last day to enroll or waive medical insurance is January 31.
• Failure to complete the enrollment or waive process will result in significant fees charged to your student account.

By December 31

Check out “A Student’s Guide to Mills College.”

• This online guide will tell you everything you want to know about student life at Mills, including information on academics, athletics, commuting and transportation, dining and living on campus, jobs and internships, F. W. Olin Library, mail, student activities, things to do in the Bay Area, and much more!

December 31

Take online placement exams for the academic fields relevant to you.

• To help you succeed at Mills, incoming students are required to take one or more placement tests, depending on your academic interests. The test results help you and your advisor make informed decisions about your first-year course schedule and help the College fine-tune the curriculum. The tests are available online in December.
• Placement test scores do not affect your admission status or financial aid award and are not recorded on your college transcript.
• All necessary placement exams must be completed by January 20 at 11:59 pm PST.

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By January 6

Complete all financial aid requirements outlined in your Financial Aid Award Letter.

• Visit the Mills Resource Portal to accept or decline awards online.
• Complete all requirements indicated in myMILLS.
• Email if you have any questions.

By January 6

Submit your spring 2014 payment by January 6.

Pay in full online using the Account Billing and Payments option on the Mills Resource Portal
• Or, enroll in a five or six month payment plan. Six-month plan must be enrolled by January 6, and first payment is due by January 15. Five-month plans must be enrolled by January 6, and first payment is due by January 6.
• Email if you have any questions.


Optional: Authorize a third party (parent, spouse/partner, accountant, etc.) to have access to your student account information.

• Use the Account Billing and Payments option on the Mills Resource Portal to authorize a third party to view your eBills and make online payments to your account, and allow Mills College to disclose information about your student account to the authorized party.
• Email if you have any questions.

By January 6

Email your student ID photo to

Submitting your ID photo at the start of January allows you to skip the ID photo line and receive your AC Transit EasyPass at Orientation. Students who do not submit a photo by January 6 will not receive their AC Transit EasyPass for a minimum of three weeks following Orientation due to AC Transit processing times.
Student ID photo requirements:
• Photo must be a close-up with your face and neck clearly visible (no hats or sunglasses).
• Photo must be a JPG or JPEG file.
• JPG/JPEG file name must be changed to your Banner ID number (example: B00XXXXXX.jpg).

By January 10

Submit final, official school transcript to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

• Transcripts from incoming first-year and transfer students must be received by January 10. First-year students: your graduation date must be printed on the document.

By January 20

If you have not already done so, complete any remaining online placement exams for the academic fields relevant to you before 11:59 pm PDT.

By January 21

Make sure you have the important items you’ll need at Mills and review suggested items to bring if you will be living on campus.

• Bring your state-issued photo ID or your passport.
• If you will be parking a vehicle on campus, bring your car registration (or a copy of the registration, if the vehicle is owned by a third party) to obtain a Mills parking permit.
• If you plan on working on or off campus, you will need your original Social Security card.
• If you are living on campus, bring a two- to three-month supply of any prescription medications you need. Visit the Housing FAQ webpage for a list of suggested items that students living on campus find helpful.

By January 21

Register for your courses by navigating from the main myMILLS menu to Registration Information to Register/Add/Drop Classes. You should talk with your advisor before registering and make sure that your advisor has lifted the hold on your account to register.

By January 21

Apply for a Mills parking permit online by visiting the Mills Resource Portal and registering your vehicle.

• Bring your car registration (or a copy of the registration, if the vehicle is owned by a third party) to Orientation to receive your parking permit.

By January 31

If you have not already done so, enroll in the College’s Student Health Plan or waive medical insurance online at the Kaiser Permanente StudentNet site to avoid significant fees being charged to your student account.

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Congratulations! You've completed the new student checklist. We’ll see you at the College for SO Mills: Student Orientation 2014 on January 21!

Click here to download a PDF of the new student checklist.


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