Our Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program enables working women to finish their degree in less than two years. Here’s everything you need to apply to Mills as a bachelor’s degree completion student (“completer”).
Apply to Mills as a completer if all of the following statements are true:
You can apply for fall or spring admission to Mills using our easy online admission application. The most important dates for you to remember are:
Financial Aid Forms
To be considered for need-based federal aid, all completers should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. California residents also should submit a Cal Grant GPA Verification form to be considered for state aid.
Fall Priority Application Deadline**
Submit your Mills BDC Application by our June 1 deadline and you will receive an admission decision in just a few weeks. You'll be able to register for your class(es) as soon as new student registration begins in June. Our fall classes start in late August.
**Once the fall priority deadline has passed, we conduct rolling admissions on a space-available basis. Please contact a Mills admission counselor at 800.87.MILLS, 510.430.2135, or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Spring classes start in mid-January. If that's a better time for you to start at Mills, November 1 is your application deadline. You'll hear back from us by December.
To apply for admission to Mills, you'll need to submit the materials detailed below. If you have any questions about the following requirements, please reach out to us at 800.87.MILLS, 510.430.2135, or email@example.com.
It's easy to start your admission application process. Just complete the Mills BDC Application online and submit the $50 application fee.
You’ll need to have official transcripts sent directly to Mills from all colleges and universities that you have attended. The transcripts should list your current name. Note that non-English transcripts must be accompanied by a certified translation. Please ask your school’s registrar to send the transcripts directly to the following address:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613
If you are currently taking college courses, your transcript must include any courses in progress. We may also request midterm grades as part of the application process. Many college counselors can upload your transcript directly when you use the upcoming Mills BDC Application.
Completers who have earned some or all of their transferable credits at non-US institutions are required to have a course-by-course evaluation of their official transcripts conducted by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. This evaluation must be conducted prior to your enrollment at Mills.
If you have any questions about transcript requirements, or would like to request an appointment for an unofficial transfer of credit evaluation, please contact us at 800.87.MILLS, 510.430.2135, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll need a formal letter of recommendation from a professor or an employer who knows you well. We offer two options for your professor or employer to submit a letter of recommendation:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613
Q: Can I apply for admission if I don’t identify as female?
As the first women's college in the country to adopt a transgender-friendly admission policy, Mills welcomes people assigned to the female sex at birth who do not identify with the gender binary and self-identified women to apply for admission to our undergraduate programs, including our BDC Program.
Yes—strong applicants will have a minimum average GPA of 2.5 in college-level, transferable course work.
Q: How many transferable credits do I need to be eligible for this program?
You must have completed at least 60 transferable semester credits (90 quarter credits) of prior college course work. You may transfer in:
If you've attended a California community college, a California State University, or a University of California, you'll find your general education courses align with the Mills core curriculum. This ensures you will receive full transfer credit at Mills. If you have successfully passed a course that fulfills the Area 1A: English composition requirement below, then you will receive credit for ENG 001 at Mills.
|Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)||Mills College Core Curriculum Equivalent|
|Area 1A: English Composition AND
Area 1B: Critical Thinking
|Written and Oral Communication|
|Area 1B: Critical Thinking||Critical Analysis|
|Area 2: Mathematical Concepts and Quantitative Reasoning||Quantitative Literacy|
|Area 3: Arts and Humanities||Creativity, Innovation, and Experimentation|
|Area 4: Social and Behavioral Sciences (We strongly recommend a class with an international focus.)||International Perspectives|
|Area 5: Physical and Biological Sciences||Scientific Inquiry of Natural Systems|
|Area 6: Language Other Than English||Language Other Than English|
Note: If you have already completed your IGETC, you will only have two Mills core curriculum requirements to fulfill—Community Engagement and Race, Gender, and Power.
Download the IGETC and Mills core curriculum equivalent chart (PDF).
Students who have taken courses at City College of San Francisco (PDF), Diablo Valley College (PDF), or the Peralta Colleges (PDF) should refer to the appropriate major articulation agreement to learn which courses count toward Mills core curriculum requirements and which apply toward specific majors.
Students who are transferring from an out-of-state community college or from another four-year institution are encouraged to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and make an appointment for an unofficial transfer of credit evaluation to review your transcripts.
During the admission process, we will conduct a preliminary transfer credit evaluation. Once admitted to Mills, you will receive an official transfer of credit report online from our Registrar's Office after submitting your enrollment deposit. If you currently are taking college courses, you will receive a final transfer of credit report after submitting your final college transcript.
Generally, we offer transfer credit for liberal arts courses that are similar in content and depth to courses available at Mills. In the case of California community college courses, we usually offer credit if the courses are accepted for credit by the University of California system. View the IGETC and Mills core curriculum equivalent chart in the preceding FAQ for more details.
We have major articulation agreements with the following community colleges:
These agreements help students plan ahead by detailing which of these schools’ courses count toward Mills core curriculum requirements and which apply toward our English; ethnic studies; politics, economics, policy, and law; and sociology majors.
Students pursuing our interdisciplinary studies major will work with a Mills academic navigator to determine which transfer credits apply to their field of study.
Q: What are the residency requirements for this program?
Completers must enroll in a course or courses totaling at least 3 credits each semester. You must complete at least 30 credits at Mills College, not including any courses taken through cross-registration while at Mills.
You can choose to take up to 16 credits through cross-registration at nearly 15 colleges and universities across the Bay Area. Credits from these courses can be applied to your degree requirements, but will not count toward your 30-credit residency minimum.
Q: Am I automatically admitted into my major?
Yes. If you are admitted to Mills, as one of the final steps in the admission process, you will be asked to officially declare your major: English; ethnic studies; interdisciplinary studies; politics, economics, policy, and law; or sociology.
Q: Can I provide extra material to support my candidacy?
You’re welcome to submit supplementary materials for review with your application, but please be aware that we can’t return these materials to you.
Q: Can I apply for admission and receive financial aid if I am an undocumented, AB 540, DREAMer, or DACA student?
Yes, undocumented, AB 540, DREAMer, and DACA students are invited to apply for admission to Mills. Please call 800.87.MILLS or 510.430.2135, or send an email to email@example.com so we can connect you with an admission counselor who will be happy to help you through the application process.
As a completer student, you may be eligible for need-based financial aid. Visit the applying for financial aid section of our Information for Undocumented Students webpage for detailed application instructions.
If you have any questions about this program, Mills admission counselors are here to help you. Contact us today at 800.87.MILLS, 510.430.2135, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Mills College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, marital status, age, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, or disability in our admission policies, in our scholarship and loan programs, or in the educational programs, cocurricular activities, and residential facilities which we operate. Students of all genders are eligible for admission to our graduate programs. Self-identified women and people assigned female sex at birth who do not identify with the gender binary are eligible for admission to our undergraduate programs.