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Student Orientation

Graduate Student Checklist

We’ve compiled this checklist to help you keep track of the different items you need to complete before arriving at Mills College for SO Mills: Student Orientation 2015 on Tuesday, August 25. We look forward to seeing you!

JULY 2015


By July 15

Submit final, official college transcript, including proof of degree, to the Office of Graduate Admission. Submit any additional pending items listed in your Mills acceptance letter.

• Email if you have any questions.

By July 15

Receive and review the informational letter from your graduate program.

By July 15

Receive and review your housing assignment email, if you have chosen to live on campus.

• Look for an email from Housing Management and Dining Services (HMDS) office, notifying you of your assignment and/or meal plan for the Fall.

By July 15

Activate your Mills computing account and complete the Mills “Self-Guided Computer Orientation.”

• You will set your password, visit the Mills Resource Portal (an important gateway to campus resources), check your new Mills email account, connect to MyFiles for personal file storage, learn where the student computer labs are located on campus, read the computer lab rules, and have the option to sign up for the Emergency Notification Service.
• You will also designate your preferred email address for receiving important notifications from Mills.

By July 15

Complete all financial aid requirements outlined in your Financial Aid Award letter.

• Visit the Mills Resource Portal to accept or decline awards online.
• Complete all requirements indicated in myMILLS.
• Complete Federal Direct Stafford Loan Entrance Counseling and a Federal Direct Stafford Loan Master Promissory Note online at if you have been awarded a Federal Direct Stafford Loan as part of your financial aid award and plan to apply for this loan
• Email if you have any questions.


Optional: Enroll in Early Fall Payment Plan and make first installment payment.

• Enroll in a six-month payment plan (July 15–December 15) using the Account Billing and Payments option on the Mills Resource Portal.
• Your first installment payment is due by July 15.
• Email if you have any questions.


Optional: If you would like a third party (parent, spouse/partner, accountant, etc.) to have access to your student account information, authorize them before August 1.

• Use the Account Billing and Payments option on the Mills Resource Portal to authorize a third party to view your eBills and make online payments to your account, and allow Mills College to disclose information about your student account to the authorized party.
• Email if you have any questions.

By July 15

Secure travel arrangement and accommodations for family members who are joining you for Orientation.

• For a list of hotels located near the Mills campus, visit our Accommodations webpage.
• For driving directions, public transit information, and a downloadable campus map, visit our Directions webpage.

By July 31

Email your student ID photo to

• Submitting your ID photo in July allows you to skip the ID photo line and receive your AC Transit EasyPass at Orientation. If you want your preferred name on your ID card you must make sure your preferred name is registered with the M Center before July 31. Students who do not submit a photo by July 31 will not receive their AC Transit EasyPass for a minimum of three weeks following Orientation due to AC Transit processing times.
• Student ID photo requirements:

• Photo must be a close-up with your face and neck clearly visible (no hats or sunglasses).
• Keep in mind when choosing your photo that this image will be the first impression many Mills employees (professors, Public Safety, etc.) will have of you.
• Photo must be a baseline/standard (not "progressive") .jpg file.
• jpg file name must be changed to your Banner ID number (example: B00XXXXXX.jpg).

By July 31

Learn about Health and Counseling Services available to you on campus at Mills on our Health and Counseling webpages.  

• The Health and Counseling Services webpages include information about the on-campus Mills/Kaiser Permanente Student Health Center which is open to all Mills students (bring your Mills ID). Most office visits are free but some charges apply for labs and procedures. Appointments are recommended and can be made by calling 1.877.MILLS KP. You will be issued a KP medical record number if you are not a Kaiser member.

By July 31

Enroll in or waive the Mills Student Health Plan. You must enroll in or waive the College's Student Health Plan onlinebetween July 1 and August 31 at Kaiser Permanente StudentNet. Find out how to enroll or waive here.
• Find out more about benefits, eligibility and cost for the Mills Student Health Plan.
• Effective coverage dates for the Student Health Plan are August 15–January 14 for the fall term and January 15–August 14 for the spring term.
• The open enrollment period for the Student Health Plan is July 1–August 31.
• New students will see charges to their account for the Mills Student Health Plan. However, this does NOT mean you are enrolled in the plan. You must enroll yourself either online at Kaiser Permanente StudentNet for the HMO or paper process for the DHMO plan between July 1 and August 31.
Failure to complete the enrollment or waive process will delay access to care and result in late fees charged to your student account.

By July 31

Check out “A Student’s Guide to Mills College.”

• This guide will tell you everything you want to know about student life at Mills, including information on academics, athletics, commuting and transportation, dining and living on campus, F. W. Olin Library, mail, student activities, things to do in the San Francisco Bay Area, and much more!

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By August 1

Submit your fall 2015 payment by August 1.

• Pay in full online using the Account Billing and Payments option on the Mills Resource Portal OR
• Enroll in a five-month payment plan (August 1–December 1) using the Account Billing and Payments option on the Mills Resource Portal.
• If you already enrolled in the six-month payment plan in July, continue following that payment schedule.

By August 15

Complete the Admissions incoming student survey

By August 21

Make sure you have the important items you’ll need at Mills and review suggested items to bring if you will be living on campus.

• Bring your state-issued photo ID or your passport.
• If you will be parking a vehicle on campus, bring your car registration (or a copy of the registration, if the vehicle is owned by a third party) to obtain a Mills parking permit.
• If you plan on working on or off campus, you will need your original Social Security card.
• If you are living on campus, bring a two- to three-month supply of any prescription medications you need. Visit the Housing FAQ webpage for a list of suggested items that students living on campus find helpful.

By August 21

Review and develop your course schedule by viewing the courses offered this semester and determining the classes that interest you.

• If you have already registered for classes, be sure to review your schedule and determine if any adjustments are needed. Don't forget to consult your academic advisor.

By August 23

Apply for a Mills parking permit online by visiting the Mills Resource Portal and registering your vehicle.

• Bring your car registration (or a copy of the registration, if the vehicle is owned by a third party) to Orientation to receive your parking permit.

By August 31

If you have not already done so, enroll in or waive the College’s Student Health Plan  to avoid late fees. Find out more about how to enroll or waive online at the Kaiser Permanente StudentNet site.

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If you need to save or print a copy of this checklist, download a PDF by clicking here. We’ll see you at the College for SO Mills: Student Orientation 2015 on Tuesday, August 25.



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