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Online Registration Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What must I do before I can register online?
Who is eligible for online registration? 
When can I access online registration?
How do I remove the Registration Hold on my record?
How do I register online?
Are there any courses I cannot register for through online registration?
Can I add or drop classes online?
What if my course is closed?
When is payment due?
Where can I find my advisor's contact information?
Whom should I contact if I have more questions?

Common Error Messages
Helpful Links

What must I do before I can register online?

  • Make sure you know your password for the Mills Resource Portal. Registration is done through myMILLS. Check the registration schedule to determine when you can access registration.
  • Meet with your advisor so that she/he may approve your course schedule and release the Registration Hold on your record.
  • Check your student account in myMILLS to make sure your account is current i.e., paid in full or up-to-date with Tuition Management Systems.  If your account is not current please contact the M Center.
  • Using myMILLS, check that there are no 'holds' on your record that may prevent you from registering. Login to the Student Portal, click on myMILLS, then "Student Records," then "View Holds."

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Who is eligible for online registration? 

All students, with the exception of staff auditors will be able to register online.

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When can I access online registration?

All students must have been approved to register by their advisor before they will be able to access online registration.

Access to online registration for continuing and returning students during Continuing Student Registration is determined by current class level.  Refer to the  Registration Schedule for the exact schedule for continuing and returning students.

Continuing students may access online registration at any time after their scheduled start date until  registration ends.

Adding and Dropping Classes Online

During the time that they have acces students may add and drop courses online.  Students are required to meet with their advisors prior to changing their course schedule. All students will need to secure their advisor's approval to access online registration during this period. Refer to the Registration Schedule for exact dates.

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How do I remove the Registration Hold on my record?

You must meet with your advisor to discuss course selection before you can register.  Once courses are agreed upon, your advisor will approve your schedule either electronically, via the faculty myMILLS account, or (for students registering at the M Center) by signing your Registration Agreement form.  Electronic myMILLS approval will generate a course approval confirmation which will be emailed to you and your advisor.  Your official advisor (the advisor on record at the M Center) is the only person who can electronically approve your course schedule.  Therefore, you are encouraged to meet with your advisor well in advance of your scheduled registration date.

Access your account via the Portal to determine that there are no additional 'holds' on your record that need to be resolved before you can register.

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How do I register online?

Instructions for online registration may be accessed via this link: registration instructions.

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Are there any courses I cannot register for through online registration?

Registration for the following types of courses requires the appropriate form. Students cannot register online for these courses:

  • Independent Study
  • Teaching Practicum
  • Directed Research
  • Academic Internship
  • Advanced Teaching Practicum
  • Management Practicum

Independent Study, Teaching Practicum and Directed Research forms are available in the M Center or online under Registrar & Records/Academic Records Forms. Academic Internship forms are available in the Career Center. Internship Petitions must be submitted to the M Center for review by the Academic Standing Committee. The Advanced Teaching Practicum form is in the English Department Office, and the Management Practicum form is in the MBA Office. These forms must be submitted to the M Center by the add deadline.

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Can I add or drop classes online?

During Continuing Student Registration (November and April) continuing and returning students may add and drop classes online, at their convenience. 

During Final Registration (January and August) all new and readmitted students may add and drop classes online, at their convenience.

Students are required to meet with their advisors prior to changing their course schedule. All students will need to secure their advisor's approval to access online registration during this period.

Once registration ends your advisor will receive a report of your final course schedule for his or her review.

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What if my course is closed?

If a waitlist option exists for the course(s) in question, you may add yourself to the waitlist for the course(s).  If space becomes available, the instructor will send an email to your Mills email account, inviting you to enroll in the course.  You will have two business days from the date and time on the email in which to print out the email and bring it to the M Center to add yourself to the class.  If you do not take action within this timeframe, you will forfeit the space to the next student on the waitlist. 

Important: Please check your schedule to determine if adding the course(s) will cause any conflicts or create an overload. If either or both of these conditions exist, you will need to complete an Add/Drop form so that you can drop the course that is creating the conflict. You do not need any signatures on the Add/Drop form as long as you have the emailed invitation to enroll.

If no waitlist option exists for the course in question, you must bring an Add/Drop form, signed by your instructor and advisor, to the M Center.

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When is payment due? 

Tuition payment deadlines are available under the Academic Calendar.  Each semester, tuition must be paid in full or a payment plan must be arranged with Student Accounts with the first payment made by the stated deadline.

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Where can I find my advisor's contact information?

Use Mills' Contact Us to find contact information for your advisor.  You may search by department or first or last name.


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Common Error Messages

Error messages may appear when you are attempting to register.  Some common error messages are:

Level Restriction
Maximum Hours Exceeded
Duplicate CRN
Holds

Level Restriction

If you attempt to register for a graduate level class (courses numbered 200 and above) as an undergraduate student, you will be blocked from registering for that class. 

Maximum Hours Exceeded

You are attempting to register for more than your approved credit hours.  See below for more information.

Undergraduates

Any semester course schedule with more than 5 semester course credits constitutes an overload. Overloads must be approved by the Academic Standing Committee and are generally granted only to students with a Mills College cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Freshwomen in their first semester at Mills are not eligible to take an overload. The maximum credit allowed is 5.75 semester course credits in any semester. There are no exceptions.

Graduate Students

Degree candidates are permitted to take a maximum of 4 semester course credits with the following exceptions:

  • MFA candidates in Studio Art or Dance may take up to 4.5 semester course credits per semester
  • Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical students may take up to 5 semester course credits per semester with the approval of the department director.
  • MA candidates in Education, Child Life Health may take up to 5 course credits per semester.
  • MBA candidates may take up to 5.5 semester course credits per semester.
  • Teaching Credential candidates may take up to 6 semester course credits per semester.
  • MPP candidates may take up to 5.5 semester course credits per semester.

Overload

Students in programs with a 4 credit limit may petition the Academic Standing Committee for an overload maximum of 4.5 credits. Students in programs with higher credit limits may not petition the Academic Standing Committee for overloads.

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Duplicate CRN

You are attempting to register for the same course twice.

Holds  

"You may not add or drop classes due to a hold on your record."

Click on the “Student Records” tab.  Click “View Holds” to see any holds on your record that are preventing you from registering.  Contact the M Center to determine how you may remove the hold.

Helpful Links

Academic Calendar
Course Schedule
Registration Information
Instructions for Online Registration

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Whom should I contact if I have more questions?

Contact the M Center for more information regarding online registration.

Phone: 510.430.2000
Fax: 510.430.2003
Email: records@mills.edu

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Last Updated: 2/28/13