Resuming Students: How to Apply to Mills

More than 15 percent of Mills students are “resumers”—age 23 or older. Whether you’ve attended college before or are just getting started, you’ll find your perspectives and experiences are valued by our community. Here’s everything you need to apply to Mills as a resuming student.

Dates & Deadlines | Requirements | Frequently Asked Questions

Are You a First-Year or Transfer Resumer?

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

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

Note that if you are a non-US citizen or a non-US resident, you should apply as an international student.

Application Dates & Deadlines

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

January 15

Fall Regular Decision for First-Year Resumers
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 Aid Forms for First-Year Resumers
More than 80 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). California residents also should submit a Cal Grant GPA Verification form to be considered for state aid.

November 1

Spring Admission for First-Year Resumers
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 Transferring Resumers
Send in your completed application by March 1 to receive priority consideration for Mills scholarships. We’ll send you an admission decision by April.

March 2

Financial Aid Forms for Transferring Resumers
To be considered for need-based aid (in addition to merit-based aid), all transfer students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). California residents also should submit a Cal Grant GPA Verification form to be considered for state aid.

April 1

Fall Regular Decision for Transferring Resumers
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 Transferring Resumers
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, 510.430.2135, 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. There is a $50 application fee, but we do offer fee waivers to qualifying students.

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

*The Secondary School/High School Report, the College Official’s Report, and the Final Report forms in the Common Application are not required for resumers.

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. Since each applicant’s situation is different, please read the following instructions for first-year and transfer resuming students. If you have any questions about transcript requirements, please contact us at 800.87.MILLS, 510.430.2135, or admission@mills.edu.

    • If you are a first-year resuming student, please ask your high school or secondary school to send us your official transcript including all courses going back through the ninth grade, an explanation of your school’s grading system, your cumulative grade point average (GPA), and confirmation that you graduated. Your current name will need to appear on the transcripts. 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 send it directly to:

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

    • If you are a transfer resuming student with fewer than 24 transferable semester credits, we will need both your college and high school transcripts. Please have all of the high schools/secondary schools and colleges you have attended send us your official transcripts. Note that non-English transcripts need to be accompanied by a certified translation.

      High school transcripts need to include all of your course work from the start of ninth grade through graduation, an interpretation of the school’s grading system, your cumulative GPA, and confirmation that you graduated. Your current name will need to appear on the transcripts.

      College or university transcripts need to include any courses currently in progress and list your current name. We may also request midterm grades as part of the application process.

      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 each of your schools to send them directly to:

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

    • If you are a transfer resuming student with 24 or more transferable semester credits, we only need to see college transcripts. Please have all of the colleges and universities that you have attended send us your official transcripts. The transcripts need to include any courses in progress and list your current name. We may also request midterm grades as part of the application process. Note that non-English transcripts need to be accompanied by a certified translation.

      Many college counselors can upload your transcript directly if you use the Mills Application or the Common Application. If your counselors cannot upload your transcripts, please ask each of your colleges to send them directly to:

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

Q: What if I don’t have transcripts?
If you were homeschooled or didn’t graduate from high school, we ask that you send us official results of the GED or the California High School Proficiency Examination.

Letter of Recommendation

Instructor recommendations offer another window into understanding your academic ability and personal story.

  • If you’re applying as a first-year resuming student, ask a high school teacher of an academic subject who knows you well to write your recommendation.
  • If you’re applying as a transfer resuming student, ask a professor of an academic subject who knows you well to submit a letter of recommendation.
  • If you haven’t been in college for two years or more, you can also ask an employer to write your recommendation.
We offer three options for your instructor or employer to submit a letter of recommendation:

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

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

SAT or ACT Scores

If you have fewer than 24 transferable semester credits and 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. Contact your admission counselor with any questions.

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

Resuming 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 resumer application journey. 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.