Transition Frequently Asked Questions
While these discussions with Northeastern are at the beginning stages, this is one of the areas about which we are most excited. Mills would become Mills College at Northeastern University, retaining our name and identity while continuing to advance educational access, women’s leadership, and racial and gender equity. Degrees would be issued by Mills College at Northeastern University, undergraduate and graduate education would continue on the Mills campus, and the campus also would be the home of the Mills Institute or Center.
- Mills would become Mills College at Northeastern University. Though Mills would not be an independent, standalone institution, undergraduate and graduate degrees would be offered through a Mills College at Northeastern University.
- Current Mills students will be able to complete their degrees at Mills or at Mills College at Northeastern University, depending on a student’s degree path and timing of the alliance. Prior to finalization of the alliance, Mills students would also have the possible option to transfer to Northeastern at no additional cost, based on individual degree paths, or to transfer to other universities with which Mills has negotiated transfer agreements. More information is expected to be available this fall regarding specific pathways.
- Scholarship and financial aid commitments that Mills has made to current Mills College students would be honored by Mills College at Northeastern University.
- Subject to the results of collaborative efforts on academic program development that will begin as part of the development of the formal proposal, a significant number of Mills faculty and staff would be offered opportunities for continued employment either here on the Mills campus at Northeastern University or at other Northeastern University campuses where their skills and experience would be of value.
- Northeastern understands the importance of Mills receiving financial support to cover its operating expenses and to enable Mills to offer compensation increases for staff and faculty members.
- Northeastern would support the launch of the Mills Institute or Center as a hub for research and advocacy to advance women’s leadership, educational access, social justice, and other causes embedded in the Mills mission and legacy.
- A highly personalized education with small class sizes and individual attention from renowned professors
- A diverse, inclusive learning environment that values the voices of women and nonbinary individuals and members of the BIPOC communities
- Access to a broad network of alums in all fields who are innovators, change makers, and leaders
Some of our students—such as our pre-nursing or pre-medical students—specifically choose Mills to get a solid, well-rounded academic foundation and the confidence and leadership skills that set them up for ongoing success at their next institution and in their careers.
Undergraduate transfer students and graduate students will continue to be enrolled after fall 2021, depending on individual circumstances and degree programs, with the expectation that their programs will be completed by the end of spring 2023.
We expect Mills will most likely confer its final degrees in 2023, pending further consideration and action by the Board of Trustees.
Our goal is to begin to provide degree pathway information to students later this semester.
We anticipate that we will enroll a first-year class of undergraduate students, even if it is smaller than normal.
You can work with your faculty advisor to map out a plan that allows you to complete your degree earlier by including summer and January-term courses. Academic policies may also be modified in the coming months to allow for more flexibility in the timing of degree completion.
Yes, you are welcome to participate in accelerated degree programs that will be completed by spring 2023.
Mills is finalizing preliminary partner agreements with approximately 14 different colleges and universities, including at least one women’s college. After we have finalized the schools that will partner with us, we will develop detailed agreements that will provide the specific transfer commitments that would not be available without these partnerships. Because these will take some time to finalize, we anticipate that we will be able to provide a complete list with written information from each partner school about the application process, financial aid and scholarship opportunities, costs, and academic pathways in September 2021.
Transferring to Partner Schools
Transferring to Non-Partner Schools
Mills is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), which means that a Mills degree has the integrity of any degree from other WSCUC-accredited institutions. Your Mills degree will remain valid in perpetuity. A Mills degree will represent the same high academic standards that it represents today. Holders of Mills degrees are known for being change makers, risk takers, leaders, and innovators, and they are creating a more just world in every field.
Currently, students and alumnae/i can order official transcripts from the National Student Clearinghouse Transcript Ordering Center. In accordance with our accrediting agency requirements, Mills will make arrangements for students and alumnae/i to continue to have access to their academic records after the transition.
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