First-Year Students

Mills College welcomes admission applications from students interested in a rigorous academic environment and who exhibit intellectual potential, strength of character, and a love of learning. Admission to Mills College is selective and based on a holistic review of the admissions application and required supporting documents.

All first year applicants must submit the Common Application or Mills College Application with a $50 application fee and the credentials outlined in the Applying for Admission section.  


  • November 1: Spring First Year Regular Decision
  • November 15: Fall First Year Early Action (non-binding)
  • January 15: Fall First Year Regular Decision


  • End of December: Fall First Year Early Action
  • Mid-March: Fall First Year Regular Decision
  • Mid-November: Spring Regular Decision

All offers of admission are contingent upon the satisfactory completion of classes in which the student is currently enrolled.

Transcripts/Academic Record

Candidates must submit an official high school transcript that includes courses in progress. All candidates must have a secondary school diploma or be eligible for one from an approved high school. Students with a General Educational Development (GED) diploma or a state-approved high school equivalency are also eligible for admission and must submit official evidence of successful completion, in addition to the official high school transcript from the last school attended.

Secondary School Report

All candidates applying from secondary school should submit a school report form to their guidance counselor, college advisor, or principal.  This can be submitted through the Common Application or using Mills' secondary school report form.

Letter of Recommendation

All candidates are required to submit an academic letter of recommendation, preferably from a teacher, counselor or school administrator.  The letter can be submitted through the Common Application or by using the Mills College application. Additional letters of recommendation will also be considered.

Entrance Examinations

Mills College does not require the SAT or ACT to be considered for admission.

International applicants must satisfy the English Language Proficiency Requirement, often achieved through completion of a TOEFL, IELTS, ELS Certificate, or the Duolingo English Test (DET).


An on-campus interview with an admission counselor is recommended as an opportunity for the College to become acquainted with the applicant and for the applicant to get to know the Mills College community. Students not able to visit campus may request an interview through Skype or FaceTime.

Deferrals/Gap Year 

An admitted undergraduate student may request, in writing, to delay entrance for up to one semester. If a student defers from a fall to spring term, merit scholarships are guaranteed to carry over to the new delayed term. Spring to fall deferrals will result in a request for an updated FAFSA and be subject to a revised award. Student’s wishing to take a gap year will have application materials held, but will be reconsidered and reviewed for admission in the subsequent application pool. Offers of merit scholarships are not guaranteed to carry over beyond one concurrent semester.

Students wishing to take a gap year, will have application materials held for a year, but will be reconsidered in the subsequent application and merit scholarship review.

Early Admission Option 

An early admission option is offered to students who have exhausted the course offerings at the high school level and wish to enter Mills after completing three years of secondary school. Early admission candidates should follow the regular fall first-year admission procedure. In addition, a letter from the principal of the secondary school indicating course acceptance and agreeing to award the high school diploma upon successful completion of the first year at Mills must accompany the student’s application. Please note that federal and state financial aid is not available to students who have not completed high school graduation requirements.


Mills welcomes homeschooled students to apply for admission by following the first-year student admission requirements. In addition, homeschooled students will need to submit official results of the GED or the California High School Proficiency Examination. Contact the Office of Admissions early in the application process to discuss your academic background.

Visiting Mills 

Students considering Mills are always welcome to visit the campus. Arrangements for a tour, information session, or class visits, and, if desired, an overnight accommodation in a residence hall, can be made by contacting the Office of Admissions. In addition, special visit programs are held throughout the academic year. Contact the Office of Admissions for more information.

The Office of Admissions is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; phone hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Interviews are offered between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

To contact the Office of Admissions:

510.430.2135 (for international or local students)
510.430.3298 (fax)