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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Update 3.20.20

On Thursday, March 19, Governor Newsom issued a new, statewide executive order that broadens and deepens the shelter-in-place orders issued on Monday, March 16, 2020. As an educational facility that is part of a critical infrastructure sector specified by federal and state law, Mills remains authorized to continue with modified operations.

Mills has already implemented many of the measures required to comply with the new order (PDF). We are now taking the following additional steps:

  1. Commencement, slated for May 16, 2020, will be postponed. We will share more about alternative dates for, and means of, celebrating the accomplishments of graduates after spring break. We deeply regret the necessity of delaying this much-cherished event.
  2. At this time, the Mills campus access is restricted to campus residents and their essential guests and Mills employees who have been designated essential. Requests for campus access from anyone not in residence or performing an essential function already specified will not be approved.
  3. Students remaining on campus are being contacted individually by residential life staff to verify their situations. They continue to be supported through modified dining and campus operations, including an expanded Mills Pantry that is now located in Cowell Hall.

We expect continued federal and state action in response to COVID-19 and will communicate regularly. Mills is also reaching out to public health authorities in Alameda County and the City of Oakland to support local responses.

Additional COVID-19 Information

Prior Coronavirus Updates

Information for Current Mills Students, Faculty & Staff

We have created pages on the Mills Intranet that can be viewed by your role so you can find the latest information for: students, faculty, and staff.

Information for Incoming Mills Students

We've extended the enrollment deposit deadline to June 1, 2020, for our incoming fall 2020 students. Undergraduate students can visit the After You're Admitted web page for additional information; graduate students can email their admission counselor.

To contact a Mills admission counselor, undergraduates should email us at or use our online form to connect with their admission counselor and send a message to them directly. Graduate students should email We'll respond to your email or message in 1–2 business days and look forward to answering your questions.

Financial aid advising for all incoming students is available via email and virtual appointments, which can be scheduled online. You can also reach Student Accounts via email and virtual appointments.

Information for Students Considering Mills

Our Office of Admissions continues to accept and process admission applications and related materials. We have extended our undergraduate application deadline to July 15, 2020. Students should visit the undergraduate How to Apply web page or graduate How to Apply web page for detailed information on submitting application materials, including transcripts, electronically.

We also encourage you to attend one of our upcoming online information sessions for undergraduate students and graduate students to learn more about our academic programs and the Mills experience.

Travel Advisories

In response to COVID-19, domestic and international travel is being restricted. Please visit the US Department of State travel advisories web page for current information.

Mills has instituted an interim travel policy for students, faculty, and staff (PDF).

Frequently Asked Questions

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