International Students: How to Apply to Mills

Mills is a proudly inclusive college community in one of the most diverse cities in America. If you are a citizen of a country other than the United States or a resident of a US territory, you will apply to Mills as an international student. Here’s everything you need to complete your application.

Dates & Deadlines | Requirements | Frequently Asked Questions

Are You a First-Year or Transfer International Student?

There are slightly different application requirements and deadlines for international students who have previously attended college or university and those who haven’t.

  • If you have never attended college or university before, you will apply as a first-year international student.
  • If you have attended at least one semester of college or university, you will apply as an international transfer student.

Note: Undocumented, AB 540, DREAMer, and DACA students should visit our admission and financial aid information for undocumented students page to learn how to apply to Mills.

Application Dates & Deadlines

We offer several different options for applying to Mills as an international student, including spring admission. Here are the important dates to remember:

November 15

Fall Early Action for First-Year International Students
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 for First-Year International Students
If you have never attended college before, this is your deadline for fall admission. Fall classes start in late August. We will send you an admission decision by March.

February 15

Financial Forms for First-Year International Students
Make sure to submit your completed Certification of Finances form (PDF) and official supporting financial information. See application requirements below for more details. International students are also eligible for merit scholarships from Mills.

November 1

Spring Admission for First-Year International Students
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 from us by December.

March 1

Priority Scholarship Consideration for International Transfer Students
Send in your completed application by March 1 to receive priority consideration for merit scholarships from Mills. We’ll send you an admission decision by April.

March 2

Financial Forms for International Transfer Students
Make sure to submit your completed Certification of Finances form (PDF) and official supporting financial information. See application requirements below for more details.

April 1

Fall Regular Admission for International Transfer Students
Submit your transfer application by the April 1 deadline and you will receive an admission decision in just a few weeks. Fall classes start in late August.

November 1

Spring Admission for International Transfer Students
Spring classes start in mid-January. If that’s a better time for you to transfer to Mills, November 1 is your application deadline. You’ll hear back from us by December.

Application Requirements

The Mills admission process is designed to let you share a full picture of who you are, where you’ve been, and what you want to achieve at Mills. If you have any questions about the following requirements, please reach out to us at 800.87.MILLS (in the US), +1.510.430.2135 (outside the US), or admission@mills.edu.

Admission Application

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. The application fee is $50.

Please follow the application instructions for first-year students or transfer students according to the criteria above. Apply today using one of the following:

*The College Official’s Report and the Final Report forms in the Common Application are not required for international transfer students.

School Transcripts

Official transcripts provide the clearest record of your academic experience and achievement. Non-English transcripts need to be accompanied by a certified translation. Please have all transcripts mailed directly to the following address:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, California 94613
USA

When you send us your official transcripts, please include the following documents:

  • Complete secondary school transcripts, including courses in progress
  • All official school-leaving exam results
  • School certificates or matriculation exam results
  • College or university transcripts, including courses in progress (for international transfer students)

Applicants who have taken college- or university-level classes (including A-levels) 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.

SAT or ACT Scores

Mills has a test-optional admission policy. If you feel that your SAT or ACT score is a good indication of your academic ability, we’d love to see it. If not, you don’t have to submit your score. During the application process you’ll indicate whether you intend to submit a standardized test score. Note that the English language proficiency requirement may be waived for international students who score 600 or above on the critical reading portion of the SAT.

  • Mills SAT code: 4485
  • Mills ACT code: 0332
English Language Proficiency Requirement

To ensure your academic success at Mills, all non-native English speakers or students who have lived in a non-English speaking culture for three or more years must show proof of English language proficiency. Mills accepts the following tests and certificates:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Minimum of 550 paper, 213 CBT, or 80 IBT
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Minimum score of 6.5 CBT
English Language School (ELS) Level 112 Certificate

Please note that the English language proficiency requirement may be waived for international students who score 600 or above on the critical reading portion of the SAT.

Certification of Finances

In accordance with US government regulations, all international students should have sufficient funds to meet the costs of tuition, fees, and living expenses in the United States. As part of the Mills admission process, you will need to submit a completed Certification of Finances form (PDF) and official supporting bank documentation. Bank documentation must include an official English translation and show available funds in US dollars. Photocopied or faxed documentation is not considered official, and unfortunately, we cannot accept it.

If you have any questions about supporting documentation, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 800.87.MILLS (in the US), +1.510.430.2135 (outside the US), or admission@mills.edu.

International Students

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 international application. Find your counselor.

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.