Nontraditional Students

Resuming Students 

Resuming students are aged 23 and older and comprise one‑quarter of our undergraduate students. Resuming students apply for admission as transfer students if they have taken college classes or as first-year students if they have not. 

All resuming 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 and Transfer Admission
  • November 15: Fall First Year Early Action (non-binding)
  • January 15: Fall First Year Regular Decision
  • March 1: Fall Priority Transfer Admission
  • April 1: Fall Regular Transfer Admission


  • End of December: Early Action
  • Mid-March: Fall Regular Decision
  • Mid-April: Fall Regular Transfer Admission
  • Mid-November: Spring Admission

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

Resuming students who experience difficulty in obtaining the required credentials outlined in the Applying for Admission section are encouraged to call the Office of Admissions to discuss possible alternatives.

Visiting Students 

A student may, by mutual institutional agreement, take courses at Mills as a visiting student to complete the course work necessary to obtain a degree from their home institution. A visiting student completes the admission application and submits all required credentials by the fall or spring semester deadlines for transfer admission. They must also submit confirmation from their home institution that credit earned at Mills will transfer to their home institution. 

A visiting student does not receive financial aid or merit scholarship from Mills. Students from institutions that participate in exchange or visiting programs with Mills are exempt from the undergraduate application process. Students can contact the M Center at 510.430.2000 or for more information.


Non-matriculated persons may be accepted as auditors in a course during any academic term. Auditors must obtain the consent of the department head and the instructor involved and pay the audited course fee. The student is under the authority of the instructor, but no grade or credit for the course is given and no record kept. Inquiries regarding auditor status should be addressed to the M Center. Students can contact the M Center at 510.430.2000 or for more information.

Second Bachelor Degree Candidates

Students who have already completed a bachelor's degree (BA or BS) may apply to Mills as second bachelor degree candidates through the Office of Admissions. The second BA or BS must be in a field that is unrelated to the first degree. Students will be required to spend a minimum of three semesters at Mills and complete at least 12 semester course credits, or more if needed to complete the new major. Students are not required to complete the Mills Core Curriculum requirements or other degree requirements, but are required to complete requirements pertaining to the major.