You’re Officially a Mills Student!

You’ve made the smart decision to join the Mills community, and we want to help you get off to the best start. Next comes the excitement of choosing where you'll live, charting your academic path, and registering for your classes. Here are the steps you can take this summer so you're ready for New Student Orientation.

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Key Next Steps

  1. May: Apply for campus housing.
  2. June: Sign up for your first classes at Mills via early registration.
  3. July: Consult with financial aid representatives.
  4. August: Attend SO Mills: Student Orientation.

1. Apply for Campus Housing.

Living on campus is one of the best ways for you to take full advantage of the resources at Mills. One business day after you’ve paid your enrollment deposit, you’re eligible to apply for campus housing through the Mills Resource Portal. Find out more about your housing options.

2. Sign Up for Courses Through Early Registration.

Choosing your first college classes is a big milestone in your journey. After you've submitted your enrollment deposit, keep an eye out for your email invitation to participate in early registration. This will give you the chance to tell us your preferred courses for the fall semester and review your schedule well before Orientation. Early registration is handled a little differently for first-year and transfer students, so we've outlined the process for each below.

3. Talk with Us About Financial Aid.

Understanding the financial aid process and your financial aid package and options is a critical component of college planning. We strongly recommend that you and your family members/support system schedule an educational cost planning and preparation appointment so we can help. Our financial aid and student accounts staff members are available to meet with you during the summer, in person or over the phone, to answer any questions you have about financial aid and tuition and fees payments. They can also help you set up your student account. Contact our Financial Aid Office directly at 510.430.2000 to schedule an appointment.

4. Get Ready for New Student Orientation.

SO Mills: Student Orientation is the start of your life at Mills! You’ll connect with your new classmates, move into your residence hall or pick up your commuter keys, get your Mills student ID card, pick up your AC Transit pass (so you can start exploring Oakland), and learn how to tap into the campus resources that are here to help you succeed. All new students must attend SO Mills: Student Orientation which starts on Saturday, August 26 and runs through Tuesday, August 29.

We know that your family probably has a lot of questions about the Mills experience they'll be sharing with you, and we want to answer their questions. We invite your family members and support system to attend our special Family Orientation from Saturday, August 26–Sunday, August 27, 2017.

A Helpful Summer Checklist

While you're working on the key next steps, there are some additional items that you can check off your list before Orientation. We've put them here in chronological order to help you keep organized during this busy and exciting time.

First-Year Students
May
  • Apply for campus housing, if you intend to live on campus.
  • Activate your Mills email account.
  • Mid-May: Check email for early registration invitation.
  • By May 31: Complete online early registration form.
June
  • By June 1: Complete all financial aid requirements outlined in award letter.
  • Starting June 15: Check email for class schedule notification.
July
August
  • By August 1: Submit fall semester tuition payment.
  • By August 15: Purchase campus parking permit, if you intend to have a car on campus.
  • August 26–29: Attend New Student Orientation.
Transfer Students
May
  • Apply for campus housing, if you intend to live on campus.
  • Activate your Mills email account.
  • Mid-May: Check email for advising appointment invitation.
  • By May 31: Register online for academic advising appointment.
June
  • By June 1: Complete all financial aid requirements outlined in award letter.
  • Complete academic advising appointment.
  • Schedule financial aid advising appointment.
  • Starting June 15: Check email for class schedule notification.
July
August
  • By August 1: Submit fall semester tuition payment.
  • By August 15: Purchase campus parking permit, if you intend to have a car on campus.
  • August 26–29: Attend New Student Orientation.

Questions?

Starting college—or transferring to a new college—involves a lot of details at first. But we’re here to help you and your family. Connect with your Mills admission counselor to answer any questions.