The Mills First-Year Experience
Making your first year a great year.
Whatever your age, living on campus or commuting, interested in dance, public policy, biochemistry, or Asian studies, your first year at Mills will inspire, provoke, and change you.
As exciting as change is, it's also challenging. How do you relate to someone from a completely different background? How do you balance student activities with midterms and finals? How do you figure out what to do with your life?
To make your first year a great experience, here are some of the programs we offer to help:
SO Mills—Our four-day New Student Orientation will introduce you to all things Mills. From learning to log on to our wireless network to connecting to helpful resources to attending your first candle-lighting ceremony, SO Mills will immerse you in your new college life.
Mills Life 101—Every Monday night during your first semester, you can attend free informal programs that help you adjust to college and learn more about life at Mills. Talks have ranged from feng shui for small spaces to how to get involved on campus to discussions about sexuality and embracing diversity.
Themed Housing Communities—If you are a first-year residential student, you will live in a Themed Housing Community. These communities give you the opportunity to connect with students who share a similar interest as well as participate in outings, programs, and in some cases, classes directly related to your themed community.
Academic Advising—You'll have a member of our faculty dedicated to supporting you in achieving your educational goals. You'll work one-on-one with this advisor to customize your schedule to your interests and academic needs. Your advisor will be someone you can consult about choosing a major, connecting to academic support services, and learning about other scholarly opportunities.
Tutoring Support—Sooner or later you may encounter a class where you need some extra help. Our Writing Center can help you improve your writing skills (stronger papers equal better grades). Our Peer Tutoring Program can help you with everything from study habits to specific help in classes such as math, biology, chemistry, physics, French, and many others.