Information for Mills Students

UPDATED 8.19.21

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.

What's Open at Mills | Protecting Yourself & Others | Your Academic Experience | Housing & Dining | Student Life

What's Open at Mills?

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.

Protecting Yourself & Others

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.

Vaccination Requirement

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.

Mills Student Vaccination Form

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.

Your Fall 2021 Academic Experience

Class Formats

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).

Class Accessibility

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

Academic Resources

Housing & Dining

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.

Student Life

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.

Counseling & Psychological Services

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.


Mills students, faculty, and staff can visit our COVID-19 information pages for previous communications and FAQs. If you have additional specific COVID-19 questions, email