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  • 3.71
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Start by choosing your path.

If you’ve never enrolled at a college or university before and are 22 or younger, then you’re a first-year student. Here’s everything you need to get started.

First-Year StudentsDates & Deadlines
November 15

Fall early action

Our early action plan is for first-year students who want an admission decision from Mills early in the process.

You’ll hear back from us by December.

January 15

Fall regular decision

The regular decision plan gives first-year students additional time to prepare a strong admission application.

You’ll hear back from us by March.

February 15

Financial aid forms

Make sure to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. California residents should also submit their Cal Grant GPA Verification form so they can be considered for state aid.

You may be eligible for merit- and/or need-based financial aid.

November 1

Spring admission

If spring is a better time for you to start, submit your completed admission application by our November 1 deadline. Our spring classes start in mid-January.

You’ll hear back from us by December.


First-Year StudentsRequirements
Admission Basics

Admission to Mills is selective and yet holistic. We are interested in your experiences, passions, and activities in addition to your grades. Our admission process is designed to allow you to share a complete picture of who you are and what you hope to achieve.

Admission Application

You’ll apply to Mills using the Mills Application or the Common Application. A writing sample, personal statement, and/or response to our supplemental question are required as part of your admission application. The application fee is $50; we do accept fee waivers.

Official Secondary School/High School Transcript(s)

Ask your secondary school/high school to send your official transcript directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. It needs to include all of your course work beginning in the ninth grade, and a cumulative grade point average. We give positive consideration to students who have taken a college preparatory curriculum and advanced courses and have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

School records in other languages must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

If you did not graduate from high school, you will need to submit a GED or a state-approved high school proficiency exam.

Secondary School/High School Report

You will also need to ask your counselor or principal to complete the Common Application School Report or the Mills School Report (PDF). This report must include an interpretation of your school’s grading system. The report will need to be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and usually accompanies your high school transcript.

SAT or ACT Score Report

Your official SAT reasoning test or ACT (American College Test) score report is optional (exception: students homeschooled and students applying from secondary schools with only narrative evaluations). Learn more about Mills’ test-optional admission requirement policy.

The Mills College school code for the SAT is 4485, and the school code for the ACT is 0332.

Letter of Recommendation

Ask one teacher of an academic subject who knows you well to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf. S/he can use the Teacher Evaluation form found in the Common Application or the Mills Academic Recommendation form (PDF), or s/he can choose to send us a formal letter of recommendation.

Official College Transcript(s)
 

If you are a high school student who has taken college courses, but those grades do not appear on your high school transcript, you must submit the official transcripts from those colleges as part of your application. Official transcripts from all colleges where you have taken courses must be sent directly to Mills from each institution, and the transcripts must indicate any courses in progress.


First-Year StudentsFrequently Asked Questions
What are the course requirements for admission to Mills?

To be a strong applicant for admission, you should enroll in college preparatory classes all four years leading up to college. We give positive consideration to students who follow the academic curriculum below:

English 4 years
Social sciences 2-4 years
Foreign languages 2-4 years
Mathematics 3-4 years
Laboratory science 2-4 years
What are the average grades and test scores for admitted students?

In a recent entering class, the average GPA was a 3.67. The middle 50 percent test scores ranged from 1570 to 1840 (math + critical reading + writing) on the SAT and from 23 to 29 (composite) on the ACT.

What is early action? Should I apply for early action?

By applying under our nonbinding early action admission plan, you can receive a decision from our Admissions Committee in December, but you have until May 1 to make your decision to attend Mills. When you submit your application just indicate that you are applying under the early action plan and provide all of your remaining documents by November 15.

Can I provide extra material to support my application?

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.

Do you require admission interviews?

Interviews aren’t required, but we highly recommend them to help you learn about all that Mills has to offer. This is also a great way for you to meet one of our admissions counselors who can help you navigate the admission process. We offer interviews on campus, via Skype or FaceTime, and at select off-campus locations throughout the year.

What is the admission application fee? Does Mills offer fee waivers?

The application fee is $50. In cases of financial hardship, you may submit a College Board, NACAC, or Mills College fee waiver. For more information, contact an admissions counselor using our Connect with a Counselor form or call the Office of Admissions at 800.87.MILLS.

Who reviews my admission application?

Your application will be reviewed by the Mills Admissions Committee, which includes Mills staff and the director of admissions.

Can I get college credit at Mills using my scores from Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams?

Yes, you can obtain college credit towards your degree by taking AP and IB exams. Generally, AP exam scores of 4 or 5 can earn you up to one year of credit in the exam’s subject area. Higher-level IB exam scores of 5, 6, and 7 can earn you one or two course credits. Please visit the Mills undergraduate catalog for additional information.

What is the Mills policy regarding homeschooled students?

We welcome homeschooled students to apply for admission by following the first-year student admission requirements. In addition, you will need to submit official results of the GED or the California High School Proficiency Examination and two SAT subject tests. Contact your Mills admissions counselor early in the application process to discuss your academic background.

Can I apply for admission and receive financial aid if I am an undocumented or AB 540 student?

Yes, undocumented or AB 540 students are invited to apply for admission to Mills. All applicants to Mills are considered for our merit scholarships, and you are eligible to apply for need-based scholarships from Mills. For more information, read about our admissions and financial aid process for undocumented/AB 540–eligible students.

Is Mills a test-optional school?

Effective January 1, 2016, Mills College will no longer require students applying for first-year or transfer admission to submit standardized test scores, except in select circumstances as indicated above in the requirements section. This change begins with the entering class for fall 2016. Learn more about Mills’ test-optional admission requirement policy.

More than one-third of our new students each year transfer from other institutions. Whatever path you’ve taken to date, we invite you to continue your journey at Mills. Here’s everything you need to get started.

Transfer StudentsDates & Deadlines
March 1

Priority scholarship consideration

Send in your completed admission application by March 1 and you’ll receive priority consideration for Mills scholarships.

You’ll hear back from us by April.

MARCH 2

Financial aid forms

Make sure to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. California residents should also submit their Cal Grant GPA Verification form so they can be considered for state aid.

You may be eligible for need-based financial aid.

APRIL 1

Fall regular decision

The application review process for students interested in transferring to Mills in the fall takes a few weeks.

You’ll hear back from us in about three weeks.

NOVEMBER 1

Spring admission

If you’re looking to start at Mills in the spring, apply by November 1. The application review process for transfer students takes a few weeks.

You’ll hear back from us by December.


Transfer StudentsRequirements
Admission Basics

Admission to Mills is selective and we give positive consideration to students who have maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in college-level, transferable course work.

Download our transfer brochure to have basic admission steps and deadlines at your fingertips.

Admission Application

You’ll apply to Mills using the Mills Application or the Common Application. A writing sample, personal statement, and/or response to our supplemental question are required as part of your admission application. The application fee is $50; we do accept fee waivers. Please note that the College Official’s Report and the Final Report that you will find in the Common App are not required for transfer students.

Official College Transcript(s)

Official transcripts from all colleges that you have attended must be sent directly to Mills from each institution. The transcripts must indicate any courses in progress. You will need to make sure that your current name appears on each of the transcripts. We may also request midterm grades as part of the application process.

Instructor Evaluation

Ask a professor of an academic subject who knows you well to complete a recommendation on your behalf. S/he can use the Teacher Evaluation form found in the Common Application or the Mills Academic Recommendation form (PDF), or s/he can choose to send in a formal letter of recommendation. If you have not attended college in the last two years, you can substitute an employer recommendation in place of an instructor evaluation.

Official Secondary School/High School Transcript(s)

If you are a transfer student who has completed fewer than 24 transferable semester credits, you must also submit your secondary school/high school transcript.

This transcript needs to include confirmation of your graduation. Ask your secondary school/high school to send your official transcript directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. It needs to include all of your course work beginning in the ninth grade, a cumulative grade point average, and an interpretation of your school’s grading system.

School records in other languages must be accompanied by a certified English translation. If you did not graduate from high school, you will need to submit a GED or a state-approved high school proficiency exam.

SAT or ACT Score Report

Your official SAT reasoning test or ACT (American College Test) score report is optional (exception: students who have completed fewer than 24 transferable semester credits who were homeschooled or are applying from secondary schools with only narrative evaluations). Learn more about Mills’ test-optional admission requirement policy. 

The Mills College school code for the SAT is 4485, and the school code for the ACT is 0332.

 


Transfer StudentsFrequently Asked Questions
Do I need a certain GPA or a minimum number of units to transfer to Mills?

Our application process is holistic, so we consider many factors beyond GPA, such as your writing skills, strength of curriculum, number of credit hours, and recommendations. Strong transfer applicants will have a 3.0 GPA or higher in college level, transferable course work. You can apply for transfer admission after just one semester of college course work; we do not require a minimum number of course units.

Do you require a high school transcript, test scores, or midterm/current grades?

Transfer students are not required to submit standardized test scores. If you’ve completed fewer than 24 transferable semester units, you’ll need to submit a high school transcript with proof of your high school graduation. If you did not graduate from high school, you will need to submit a GED or a state-approved high school proficiency exam. In certain cases, we may ask you to send your mid-term or current grades to help us better evaluate your application.

How will you determine my GPA if I’ve attended more than one college or university?

When reviewing multiple college transcripts, we will take into account the GPA from each institution you attended and consider factors such as the dates and duration of your attendance and your GPA trends.

What is the maximum number of units Mills will accept for transfer credit?

If you’re coming from another four-year institution, you can transfer up to 77 semester units or 110 quarter units. From a community college, you can transfer a maximum of 67 semester units or 100 quarter units.

How will I know which of my courses will be accepted for transfer credit?

Once admitted to Mills, you will receive an official transfer of credit report online through our Registrar's Office. 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.

What types of college courses do you recommend?

We recommend that you take general education requirements, such as mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, history, English, and foreign languages. These courses provide a solid foundation for the academic learning environment at Mills and are more likely to be transferable. Our Admissions Committee will evaluate the courses you take by considering your grades and the strength of the curriculum.

Can I provide extra material to support my application?

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.

Do you require admission interviews?

Interviews aren’t required, but we highly recommend them to help you learn about all that Mills has to offer. This is also a great way for you to meet one of our admissions counselors who can help you navigate the admission process. We offer interviews on campus, via Skype or FaceTime, and at select off-campus locations throughout the year.

What is the admission application fee? Does Mills offer fee waivers?

The application fee is $50. In cases of financial hardship, you may submit a College Board, NACAC, or Mills College fee waiver. For more information, contact your admissions counselor using our Connect with a Counselor form or call 800.87.MILLS.

Who reviews my admission application?

Your application will be reviewed by the Mills Admissions Committee, which includes Mills staff and the director of admissions.

Am I automatically admitted into my major?

You will be admitted to Mills, but not to a specific major or department. You must officially declare your major through the Registrar’s Office before the end of the your sophomore year or, if you transfer with junior standing, before the end of your first semester.

Can I attend Mills as a part-time student?

Yes, you can attend part time, but the majority of students attend Mills on a full-time basis. Mills academic merit scholarships are not available for part-time study.

If I already have a bachelor's degree, can I earn a second bachelor's degree from Mills?

Yes, you can. Your second BA or BS must be in a field that is unrelated to your first degree. You’ll need to spend a minimum of three semesters at Mills and complete at least 12 semester course credits (or more if needed to meet major requirements). You will not have to complete the Mills general education requirements or other degree requirements, except those pertaining to the major you’re pursuing.

Can I apply for admission and receive financial aid if I am an undocumented or AB 540 student?

Yes, undocumented or AB 540 students are invited to apply for admission to Mills. All applicants to Mills are considered for our merit scholarships, and you are eligible to apply for need-based scholarships from Mills. For more information, read about our admissions and financial aid process for undocumented/AB 540–eligible students.


Transfer StudentsTransfer Credit & Agreements

If you have credits to transfer from another school, read our transfer credit policy and follow the quick step-by-step process. Our transfer counselors are here to help answer any questions you have. You can contact your counselor using our easy form, or call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 1.800.876.4557.

If you're a student transferring from 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. Remember that you don't have to complete your general education course work before transferring.

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 fufill—Community Engagement and Race, Gender, and Power.

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 their transcripts.

Download the IGETC and Mills core curriculum chart as a PDF.

 

If you’re enrolled in at least six units at a community college in the Bay Area, you may be able to take a class at Mills through our cross-registration program. To participate, you simply meet with a counselor at your community college, choose an appropriate class, and fill out a cross-registration permit. It’s a great way to get a taste for the Mills College experience, and ensure that you’ll have a smooth transition when you’re ready to transfer.

Participating schools
Berkeley City College
Chabot College
City College of San Francisco
College of Alameda
College of Marin
Contra Costa College
Diablo Valley College
Laney College
Merritt College
Napa Valley College

Mills College offers special benefits to students who are certified honors students at partner colleges (listed below) and who submit completed applications by the stated deadlines. Benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Priority admission consideration
  • Application fee waiver
  • Renewable annual scholarships in the range of $10,500 to $14,000 for students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Invitations to campus visit programs

Partner colleges are all schools that are members of the Honors Transfer Council of California, including:

City College of San Francisco
Foothill College
Las Positas College
Los Medanos College
Santa Monica College
Skyline College

Some Mills majors have specific requirements for transfer students.

If you’re 23 or older, we consider you a resuming student. Whether you’ve attended college before or are just getting started, there’s a place for you at Mills. You’ll find we value the experiences and perspectives that resuming students bring to our community.

If you haven’t attended college before, you'll need to follow our admission deadlines for first-year resumers. If you are returning to college, follow our dates and deadlines for transferring resumers.

Resuming StudentsDates & Deadlines
JANUARY 15

Fall regular decision for first-year resumers

Resumers who have not previously attended college should submit their completed admission application by January 15.

You’ll hear back from us by March.

FEBRUARY 15

Financial aid forms for first-year resumers

Make sure to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. California residents should also submit their Cal Grant GPA Verification form so they can be considered for state aid.

You may be eligible for need-based financial aid.

NOVEMBER 1

Spring admission for first-year resumers

If spring is a better time for you to start, submit your completed first-year student admission application by our November 1 deadline. Our spring classes start in mid-January.

You’ll hear back from us by December.

MARCH 1

Priority scholarship consideration for transferring resumers

Send in your completed transfer student admission application by March 1 and you’ll receive priority consideration for Mills scholarships.

You’ll hear back from us by April.

MARCH 2

Financial aid forms for transferring resumers

Make sure to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. California residents should also submit their Cal Grant GPA Verification form so they can be considered for state aid.

You may be eligible for merit- and/or need-based financial aid.

APRIL 1

Fall regular decision for transferring resumers

The application review process for resumers who are interested in transferring in the fall takes a few weeks.

You’ll hear back from us in about three weeks.

 
 NOVEMBER 1

Spring admission for transferring resumers

If you’re looking to start at Mills in the spring, apply by November 1. The application review process for resumers who want to transfer takes a few weeks.

You’ll hear back from us by December.


Resuming StudentsRequirements
Admission Basics

Mills considers applicants who are 23 or older to be resuming students. More than 15 percent of our Mills undergraduate students are resumers.

If you have not attended college in the past, you will apply for admission as a first-year student. If you are returning to college, you will apply as a transfer student.

Admission Application

You’ll apply to Mills using the Mills Application or the Common Application. Resuming students who have never attended college should complete their admission application as a first-year student. Resumers who have previously attended or are currently attending college must complete the application as a transfer student.

A writing sample, personal statement, and/or response to our supplemental question are required as part of your admission application. Please note that the Secondary School/High School Report, College Official’s Report, and the Final Report forms in the Common Application are not required for resuming students.

The application fee is $50; we do accept fee waivers.

Official College Transcript(s)

If you are a resuming student who has previously attended or is currently attending college, official transcripts from all colleges that you have attended must be sent directly to Mills from each institution. The transcripts must indicate any courses in progress. You will need to make sure that your current name appears on each of the transcripts. We may also request midterm grades as part of the application process.

Instructor Evaluation

Ask a professor of an academic subject who knows you well to complete a recommendation on your behalf. S/he can use the Teacher Evaluation form found in the Common Application or the Mills Academic Recommendation form (PDF)—or s/he can choose to send in a formal letter of recommendation. If you have not attended college in the last two years, you may substitute an employer recommendation in place of an instructor evaluation.

Official Secondary School/High School Transcript(s)

If you are a resuming student who has not attended college or has completed fewer than 24 transferable semester credits, you must also submit your secondary school/high school transcript. This transcript needs to include confirmation of your graduation.

Ask your secondary school/high school to send your official transcript directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. It should include all of your course work beginning in the ninth grade, a cumulative grade point average, and an interpretation of your school’s grading system. You will need to make sure that your current name appears on each of the transcripts. School records not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

If you did not graduate from high school, you will need to submit a GED or state-approved high school proficiency exam.

SAT or ACT Score Report

If you are a resuming student who has completed fewer than 24 transferable semester credits, submitting your official SAT reasoning test or ACT (American College Test) score report is optional. Learn more about Mills’ test-optional admission requirement policy.

To have your scores reported to Mills use school code 4485 for the SAT, and school code 0332 for the ACT.


Resuming StudentsFrequently Asked Questions
What is a “resuming student?”

More than 15 percent of our Mills undergraduates are resumers—students who are over the age of 23. You’ll find that our community is welcoming and inclusive of students of all ages and life experiences.

What if I can't get letters of recommendation?

If you haven’t attended school in the last two years, you may submit a letter of recommendation from an employer in place of an instructor. If you have questions, please use our Connect with a Counselor form or call 800.87.MILLS to get in touch with your admissions counselor, who will be happy to provide you with additional information.

Can I attend Mills as a part-time student?

Yes, you can attend part time, but the majority of students attend Mills on a full-time basis. Mills academic merit scholarships are not available for part-time study.

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.

Do you require admission interviews?

Interviews aren’t required, but we highly recommend them to help you learn about all that Mills has to offer. This is also a great way for you to meet one of our admissions counselors who can help you navigate the admission process. We offer interviews on campus, via Skype or FaceTime, and at select off-campus locations throughout the year.

What is the admission application fee? Does Mills offer fee waivers?

The application fee is $50. In cases of financial hardship, you may submit a College Board, NACAC, or Mills College fee waiver. For more information, contact your admissions counselor using our Connect with a Counselor form or call 800.87.MILLS.

Who reviews my admission application?

Your application will be reviewed by the Mills Admissions Committee, which includes Mills staff and the director of admissions.

Can I apply for admission and receive financial aid if I am an undocumented or AB 540 student?

Yes, undocumented or AB 540 students are invited to apply for admission to Mills. All applicants to Mills are considered for our merit scholarships, and you are eligible to apply for need-based scholarships from Mills. For more information, read about our admissions and financial aid process for undocumented/AB 540–eligible students.

Are you a citizen of a country other than the United States or a resident of a US territory? Then you’re an international student and you’ll find a diverse community waiting to welcome you at Mills.

If you haven’t attended college before, you'll need to follow our admission deadlines for first-year students. If you are transferring or returning to college, follow our dates and deadlines for transfer students.

International StudentsDates & Deadlines
November 15

Fall early action for first-year international students

Our early action plan is for first-year students who want an admission decision from Mills early in the process.

You’ll hear back from us by December.

JANUARY 15

Fall regular decision for first-year international students

International students who haven’t attended college before should submit their completed admission application by January 15.

You’ll hear back from us 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.

You may also be eligible for merit scholarships
from Mills.

NOVEMBER 1

Spring admission for first-year international students

If spring is a better time for you to start, submit your completed admission application by our November 1 deadline. Our spring classes start in mid-January.

You’ll hear back from us by December.

March 1

Priority scholarship consideration for international transfer students

Send in your completed admission application by March 1 and you’ll receive priority consideration for merit scholarships from Mills.

You’ll hear back from us 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.

You may also be eligible for merit scholarships
from Mills.

 NOVEMBER 1

 Spring admission for international transfer students

If you’re looking to start at Mills in the spring, apply by November 1. The application review process for international transfer students who want to transfer takes a few weeks.

You’ll hear back from us by December.


International StudentsRequirements
Admission Basics

Mills considers applicants who are citizens of a country other than the United States or who are residents of a US territory to be international students. If you have not attended college in the past, you will apply for admission as a first-year student. If you are transferring or returning to college, you will apply for admission as a transfer student.

 Admission to Mills is selective and we give positive consideration to students who have taken a college preparatory curriculum and advanced courses or college-level, transferable course work. We recommend that applicants have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and SAT scores above 1500 combined (math, critical reading, and writing).

Admission Application

You’ll apply to Mills using the Mills Application or the Common Application. A writing sample, personal statement, and/or response to our supplemental question are required as part of your admission application. The application fee is $50.

If you have previously attended college and are applying as a transfer student, please note that the College Official’s Report and the Final Report you will find in the Common App are not required for transfer students.

Official Transcripts/Academic Records

As part of your admission application, you will need to submit certified copies of the following:

  Complete secondary school transcripts
  All official internal and external school-leaving exam results
  Complete college transcripts (if applicable)
  School certificates or matriculation examination scores

Your academic transcripts must include any courses in progress. If a school transcript is in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

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 Score Report

Your official SAT reasoning test (math, critical reading, and writing) or ACT (American College Test) score report is optional if you are applying as a first-year student. The language proficiency requirement may be waived for international students who earn a score of 600 or above on the critical reading portion of the SAT. If you are a transfer student, you are not required to submit your SAT or ACT test score report. Learn more about Mills’ test-optional admission requirement policy.

To have your test scores reported to Mills use school code 4485 for the SAT, and the school code 0332 for the ACT.
English Language Proficiency Requirement

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

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

The Mills College school code for the TOEFL is 4485.

The language proficiency requirement may be waived for international students who earn a score of 600 or above on the critical reading portion of the SAT.

Certification of Finances

In accordance with US government regulations, an international student should have sufficient funds to meet the costs of tuition, fees, and living expenses in the United States. As part of the admission application 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 them.

You can contact your admissions counselor for more information on the certification form and supporting documentation.


International StudentsFrequently Asked Questions
When should I begin the admission application process?

As an international student, you should start the admission process about one year prior to the semester in which you would like to enroll at Mills. This will give you plenty of time to learn about Mills and gather the documents you will need to submit your application using the Mills Application or the Common Application.

Do you require international students to have an admission interview?

Interviews aren’t required, but we highly recommend them to help you learn about all that Mills has to offer. This is also a great way for you to meet one of our admissions counselors who can help you navigate the admission process. We offer interviews on campus and via Skype or FaceTime.

Do I need to have my transcript translated and evaluated by an outside organization?

If your transcript is in a language other than English, please include a certified English translation with it. If you have college- or university-level classes that you would like to use for transfer credit (including A-levels), you will need to have them officially evaluated prior to enrollment by one of the member organizations of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

If I will be applying for an F-1 student visa, when should I expect my I-20?

In order to receive your Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student Status I-20, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Submit your $300 nonrefundable enrollment deposit.
  2. Submit the following documents:
    • A copy of your passport
    • An original Certificate of Finances showing assured support for an amount of funds equal or greater than $66,000 U.S. dollars. The cost of attendance provides an estimated total cost to attend Mills in the current academic year, revised annually.
    • An original bank statement or bank letter that indicates the amount of funds on deposit and available to you for your educational costs.

Your I-20 will be sent to the mailing address you listed on your application for admission.

What is early action? Should I apply for early action?

If you are applying as a first-year student, you can choose to take advantage of our early action admission plan. By applying under our nonbinding early action admission plan, you can receive a decision from our Admissions Committee in December, but you have until May 1 to make your decision to attend Mills. When you submit all the required application materials, just indicate that you are applying under the early action plan and provide all of your remaining documents by November 15. Please note that transfer students are not eligible for early action.

Can I provide extra material to support my application?

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.

Can I get college credit at Mills using my scores from Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams?

Yes, you can obtain college credit towards your degree by taking AP and IB exams. Generally, AP exam scores of 4 or 5 will earn you up to a year of credit in the exam’s subject area. Higher-level IB exam scores of 5, 6, and 7 can earn you one or two course credits. Please visit the Mills undergraduate catalog for additional information.

Is financial aid available for international students?

You may be eligible for a Mills College academic merit scholarship based on your academic performance and the results of your school examinations and standardized tests. Since these scholarships do not meet the total cost of education and living expenses, you will need to meet these remaining costs with your own funds. Unfortunately, international students are not eligible for need-based financial aid at Mills. For additional questions, please contact your admissions counselor using our Connect with a Counselor form or call 510.430.2135.

I am an international student currently in the U.S. studying on an F-1 visa, what do I need to do to transfer my visa?
    1. Submit your $300 nonrefundable enrollment deposit.
    2. Submit the following documents:

    • A copy of your passport
    • An original Certificate of Finances showing assured support for an amount of funds equal or greater than $66,000 U.S. dollars. The cost of attendance provides an estimated total cost to attend Mills in the current academic year, revised annually.
    • An original bank statement or bank letter that indicates the amount of funds on deposit and available to you for your educational costs.
  1. Complete the I-20 Transfer Request form part 1, and ask the Designated School Official (DSO) at your current institution to fill out part 2. The DSO at your current institution will be asked to release your record and transfer it to Mills College.

Your I-20 will be sent to the mailing address you listed on your application for admission.

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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 who are self-identified women, and people assigned female sex at birth who do not identify with the gender binary are eligible for undergraduate programs.