We're looking forward to welcoming our new and returning students to Mills for the fall 2021 semester. Based on public health guidelines and vaccine availability, we are planning for the majority of classes to be in person. To support this return to campus, we are requiring that students be fully vaccinated by August 16 or complete an exemption form. All students who choose on-campus housing must be vaccinated. The College's fall 2021 plans are subject to change due the continually evolving COVID-19 situation, so we encourage you to check this page and your Mills email regularly for updates.
When we first return to campus, not all facilities may be open. Please check our what's open at Mills page for the latest information.
Please review the College's health and safety guidelines page to understand the full scope of the protocols we all need to follow when on campus, including masking requirements, social distancing, and what to do if you become symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19.
As first announced in May, all Mills students, faculty, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last dose of your COVID-19 vaccine. Mills students must provide proof of vaccination by August 16, 2021, and receive a confirmation email before returning to campus. If you do not have a photo or scan of your vaccination card and were vaccinated in California, you can sign up to receive a Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record from the State of California that can be submitted instead.
If you need to request an immunization exemption, download the student medical exemption form (PDF) or student religious/philosophical exemption form (PDF). Be sure to review the exemption request form well before the August 16 deadline to ensure that you and your healthcare provider have time to complete it ahead of your return to campus. Once completed, use the online student vaccination form to upload and submit your exemption request.
Fall 2021 classes will primarily be in person, including regular in-person instruction as well as hybrid options with a mixture of online and in-person class sessions. With the return to in-person instruction, students will once again have access to specialized spaces such as labs and art studios, and activities such as planned field trips and periodic meetings throughout the semester.
More details about the teaching modality for each course is available to you during course registration. As always, the safety of our community remains a top priority, and we will continue to follow important State of California and Alameda County health guidelines, making adjustments to our plans if needed.
Use our class search tool to see the most updated information about individual classes and how they will be taught (look in the "Class Notes" section).
Mills is committed to supporting the success of students with disabilities. In-person and any "hybrid" (combination in-person and online) classes will meet accommodations standards for our students. If you have concerns about your ability to access in-person or hybrid content as a result of a disability, please contact your professor about your specific needs and email Student Access and Support Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We recognize that students who don't have access to the technology needed for online and hybrid learning opportunities are disproportionately affected during the COVID-19 crisis. In response, Mills sponsors an iPad initiative to increase technology access and affordability for our students. This initiative offers two options: a discounted purchase program and a semester loan program.
The Mills College iPad Purchase Program gives you the opportunity to purchase a new 256GB iPad, an Apple Pencil, and two years of AppleCare technical support through Mills for half of the standard purchase price. You will be responsible for paying $300 split between two semesters ($150 each semester) via your student account; Mills covers the remaining cost. At the end of the academic year, the College will transfer full ownership to you, including the second year of AppleCare.
For students who are not interested or unable to participate in the iPad Purchase Program, Mills continues to support their access needs through the expanded Mills College iPad Semester Loan Program. You can apply to receive an iPad and Apple Pencil, and the only cost to you is a $60 AppleCare fee charged to your student account once per academic year. At the end of each semester, you must return the iPad and Pencil.
For assistance or questions about the iPad initiative, please contact the Mills Information Technology Helpdesk at email@example.com.
Reliable Internet access is another challenge that disproportionately affects many students. To help you get and stay connected, we've compiled a list of low-cost Internet options that are being offered by different companies and organizations.
As of August 23, the F. W. Olin Library is fully open and has returned to our semester hours, which can always be found on the Hours page of the library website. Per our access policy, the library is once again open to all Mills students, staff, faculty, and alums, as well as the general public, unless otherwise dictated by temporary campus access policies. Masks must be worn inside the library at all times.
Mills students who cannot come to campus safely due to quarantine or illness and/or those who live in another region and are taking classes remotely can request to have library materials mailed to them via Document Delivery. Any circulating materials in the library can be mailed to you through this service, with the exception of LP records. We can also email scans of up to 10% of individual books. For more information about this service, see our Document Delivery Guide or our Document Delivery video.
Our librarians continue to provide online access to reference/research services and instruction in person Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am–7:00 pm, and Fridays between 8:30 am and 6:00 pm. We are also available via email, Zoom, and telephone. For more information or to make an appointment with a librarian, see our Contact Us page.
Interlibrary loan services have been fully restored, though obtaining materials will still depend on availability from owning libraries. You also have 24/7 access to electronic resources, including licensed content such as electronic journals, eBooks, and databases. The library subscribes to 50,000+ electronic journals and 168,000+ eBooks. View the F. W. Olin Library COVID-19 Access and Procedures for guidance on accessing these and additional resources.
To help you succeed at Mills, we continue to provide a wide range of academic support services including:
For the health and safety of our residential students and residential life staff, all students living in on-campus housing must be fully vaccinated. Residential students should submit their proof of vaccination using the Mills Student Vaccination form no later than August 16, 2021, in order to receive a confirmation email prior to moving in to residence halls.
Due to the increases in cases, the infectious nature of the Delta variant of COVID-19, and new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all residential students and guests must wear masks indoors when outside of their individual rooms. Common areas—including living, recreation, and laundry rooms; kitchens; libraries; and shared bathrooms—will be open to residential students and their guests.
All residential students, new and returning, should review the fall move-in procedure on the ID creation and move-in instructions web page and book their August 21 move-in time slot. On move-in day, all students and helpers are required to wear face masks that cover their nose and mouth, regardless of vaccination status.
Guests, including Mills students residing off campus and visitors from outside of the Mills community, are once again allowed in campus residence halls and apartments. Guests are allowed in apartments only if all residents of the apartment agree.
Residential students are responsible for the behavior of their guests while on the Mills campus and should make sure their guests follow the College's COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, especially if any of their guests are not fully vaccinated.
We are looking forward to once again offering a vibrant, diverse line up of in-person events on campus, including events through the Mills College Art Museum and Mills Performing Arts. While students are no longer required to complete the Mills Daily Health Check through the MillsGo app when coming to campus, staff or faculty may ask you to complete the health check before attending some in-person events.
If you should need extra support as you navigate the academic year and the challenges that come with the constantly evolving COVID-19 situation, counseling and psychological services are available to you.