Smart Women Choose Mills.

Here, no vision is too large, no goal too ambitious. Mills will give you the resources and the space you need to pursue your passions and live your convictions. If you are serious about your education, curious about the world, and burning to make a difference, you just might
be a Mills woman.

Are you a first-year student?

Whether you are 18 or 80, you are a first-year student if you have graduated from high school and have not enrolled in any college courses.


Helpful Information:

Entering Class Profile

Average high school GPA 3.67
SAT range 1570–1840
(middle 50%)
ACT range 23–29
(middle 50%)
Total Student Body 1,548
Undergraduate women 922
Graduate women and men 626
States represented 40
Countries represented 6
Undergraduate students of color 54%
Undergraduate resuming students (23 years of age or older) 16%


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).

Apply to Mills with the online Common Application.

Supplemental Questions
The admissions process gives us an opportunity 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 the 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.

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.

Application Deadlines






Early Action*

November 15




January 15




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.

First-Year Student FAQs

Are there specific course requirements for admission to Mills?
Our subject requirements are flexible, but we strongly recommend a full college preparatory curriculum. Positive consideration is given to students who go beyond the minimum requirements listed below. It should include:


4 years

Social sciences

2-4 years

Foreign languages

2-4 years


3-4 years

Laboratory science

2-4 years

What are the average grades and test scores for admitted students?
In a recent entering class, the average entering GPA was 3.67. The SAT scores for the middle 50 percent: 1570–1840. The ACT scores for the middle 50 percent: 23–29.

What is Early Action? Should I apply for Early Action?
The Early Action admission plan allows you to receive a decision from the admission committee in December. You must indicate that you are applying under this plan and submit all required materials by November 15. You will have until May 1 to make your decision about attending Mills, so the plan is not binding.

How are Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) classes treated?
Taking AP classes in high school is a great way to indicate your interest and motivation in school and to prepare for college. You may earn college credit by taking the AP examination. The amount of credit awarded is based on your examination score. Generally, scores of 4 or 5 will earn up to a year of credit in that subject area. Mills also awards credit for the higher level of the IB. Credit is granted for scores of 5, 6, and 7. Please check the online catalog for scores and credit awarded.

How do I meet guys?
Lots of ways! Mills students have no problem going out in groups to local cafes, clubs, or parties and meeting people there. Many students meet men through other students. Another way a Mills student can go about meeting men is by cross-registering at one of the nearby coeducational colleges. The most popular are UC Berkeley and California College of the Arts.

What is the policy regarding homeschooled students?
Homeschooled students may apply for admission to Mills, and follow the same guidelines for first-year admission. The SAT examination is required. If you have been homeschooled, we also require that you take two SAT Subject Tests. Homeschooled students must submit the official results of the GED or the California High School Proficiency Examination. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission early in the application process to discuss other required credentials.

First-Year Students In Their Own Words


Taking advantage of a liberal arts education

Lin Rui learned that a liberal arts college would allow her to explore a wide range of academic interests.


Finding a place to be yourself

Mills allows Tess to juggle her many interests into challenging, productive days.

Meet more students »

Mills makes the grade.

  • Ranked sixth among colleges and universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report
  • Named one of The Best 379 Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review
  • Ranked among the top colleges and universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report in "Great Schools, Great Prices," for high academic quality relative to the net cost of attendance
  • Named one of the top 10 master's universities in the US by Washington Monthly
  • Named one of the top 332 Green Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review

Last Updated: 10/22/14