First-Year Students: How to Apply to Mills

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Are You a First-Year Student?

Apply to Mills as a first-year student if all of the following statements are true:

  • I am a US citizen or US resident.
  • I have never enrolled at a college or university before.
  • I am 22 years old or younger.

If this doesn’t sound like you, see our application instructions for transfer, resuming, and international students.

Application Dates & Deadlines

You have several different options for applying to Mills, including early action and spring admission. Here are the most important dates to remember:

November 15

Fall Early Action
This is a nonbinding option for first-year students who want to receive an admission decision as early as possible. If you meet the early action deadline, you will hear back from us by December.

January 15

Fall Regular Decision
The regular decision option gives you additional time to prepare a strong admission application. You will receive an admission decision by March.

June 15

Final Date to Submit Fall Admission Application

February 15

Financial Aid Forms
More than 90 percent of Mills students receive some form of financial aid. To be considered for need-based aid, all applicants should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To be considered for state aid, California residents should confirm that their school has submitted their certified grade point average (GPA) to the California Student Aid Commission. If your school does not do this automatically, you should work with them to complete and submit the paper GPA Verification form.

November 1

Spring Admission
Spring classes start in mid-January. If that’s a better time for you to start at Mills, this is your application deadline. You’ll hear back from us by December.

Application Requirements

The Mills admission process is selective, yet holistic, designed to let you share a full picture of who you are now and how you want to grow at Mills. If you have any questions about the following application requirements, please reach out to us at 800.87.MILLS, 510.430.2135, or

Admission Application

Admission applications for first-year students are now closed.

This is the heart of the Mills admission process. In addition to submitting standard information, you’ll also share a personal statement and/or response to our supplemental question. There is a $50 application fee, but we do offer fee waivers to qualifying students. 

School Transcripts

An official transcript from your high school or secondary school provides the clearest record of your academic experience to date. Your transcript needs to include all of your coursework from the start of ninth grade to the present and your cumulative grade point average. If you’ve taken college courses that don’t appear on your high school records, please have the college send us that transcript, too. Note that non-English transcripts need to be accompanied by a certified translation.

Many school counselors can upload your transcript directly if you use the Mills Application or the Common Application. If your counselor cannot upload your transcript, please ask your school to email it directly to Your third option is to have your school send it to:

Office of Admissions
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613

Q: What if I didn’t graduate from high school?
If you didn’t graduate from high school, we ask that you send us official results of the GED or the California High School Proficiency Examination. Homeschooled students should submit the same test results plus two SAT subject tests (Mills SAT code: 4485).

School Report

This form is different than an official transcript and helps Mills understand how your high school or secondary school handles grades, class rank, honors courses, etc. Your counselor will need to submit the school report using one of two options:


Letter of Recommendation

Instructor recommendations offer another window into understanding your academic ability and personal story. Ask a teacher of an academic subject who knows you well to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf. We offer three options for your teacher to submit a letter of recommendation:



  • A formal letter of recommendation, including your full, current name and birth date, emailed directly to

If your professor or employer cannot upload or email the letter, they can send it through regular mail to:

Office of Admissions
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613

SAT or ACT Scores

If you feel that your SAT or ACT score is a strong indication of your academic ability, we’d love to see it. If not, you don’t have to submit your score. As a test-optional college, we consider all students for admission and merit scholarships, with or without standardized test scores.

Note that homeschooled students and students who graduate from schools without traditional grades are required to submit a standardized test score.

  • Mills SAT code: 4485
  • Mills ACT code: 0332

Frequently Asked Questions

Connect with a Counselor

Websites can’t always cover everything you want to know, but Mills admission counselors are here to help you through every step of the first-year application journey. Use the live chat button on this page to ask us a question in real time or or send us a message. To speak one-on-one with a Mills admission counselor, you can book a phone or video consultation using our easy online reservation form.

For additional questions, email us at or use our form to connect with your admission counselor and send a message to them directly. We'll respond to your email or message in 1–2 business days and look forward to answering your questions.

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.