The program takes place over three weeks in the late summer prior to the start of your first semester. You’ll study, live, and dine on the Mills campus so you get the full college experience. As a SAW student, you’ll also participate in a weekly SAW seminar during your entire first year at Mills with ongoing support and peer mentoring through graduation. Along the way, you'll form relationships that will last a lifetime!
Approximately 30 students participate in the Summer Academic Workshop each year. If you've been admitted to Mills and are a first-generation college student, you'll automatically be considered for the Summer Academic Workshop. Selection is determined by a committee based on student potential and ability to commit to the rigorous program.
Over the three weeks of your SAW program, we'll introduce you to college-level academic expectations and equip you to meet and exceed them. From how to study well to how to write a college paper, we'll demystify the experience for you. You'll meet professors and staff who will be important resources for your journey at Mills, and you'll begin building strong bonds with your peers. You'll join your SAW classmates in social events, from lunch with the President of Mills, to a networking brunch with our Mills Alumnae of Color Group. You'll also connect with students from other Mills summer bridge programs in combined labs and field trips exploring the SF Bay Area.
SAW is structured to include academic courses and workshops on subjects that get you started on core curriculum requirements and provide you with a strong foundation across disciplines and topics, including:
Your work will count as four credits toward your degree—all before your fall semester begins!
You'll also enjoy interactive workshops in:
The cost of the Summer Academic Workshop is free to students who are invited to participate, including three weeks of housing with meals.
You'll automatically be considered for SAW if you've been admitted to Mills and are a first-generation college student. If selected to join the program, you'll be invited to participate via email in the spring. You'll be able to sign up once you've submitted your non-refundable enrollment deposit.