Transfer Students

Transfer Student Admissions

Mills College welcomes applications from domestic and international students attending an accredited community college, or four-year college for enrollment in our fall or spring semesters. Admissions is selective and is based on a holistic review of the admissions application and the supporting documents.

All transfer 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
  • March 1: Fall Priority Transfer Admission
  • April 1: Fall Regular Transfer Admission


  • Mid-March: Fall Priority Transfer Admission 
  • Mid-April: Transfer Regular Admission
  • Mid-November: Spring Admission

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

Transcripts/Academic Records

Students currently enrolled in college should submit a transcript that includes all subjects completed and courses in progress. An official transcript must be sent from each college attended. Up to two years of a normal course load at an accredited community or four-year college is acceptable for transfer and usually will result in junior standing if all work is in the liberal arts curriculum.

Not all course work taken at other colleges may be counted toward fulfillment of the Mills major or degree requirements; this will be determined by the Registrar in consultation with relevant Mills academic departments. A preliminary evaluation of transferable credit is provided upon admission.

Letter of Recommendation

Students are required to submit one letter of recommendation from a college instructor. The letter can be submitted through the Common Application or the Mills College application.

Secondary School Record

Applicants with fewer than 24 transferable units must submit an official secondary school transcript with proof of high school graduation. The General Education Development (GED) diploma or state-approved high school graduation equivalency may be substituted for the high school diploma.

Entrance Examinations

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

International transfer 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 admission interview with an admission counselor is recommended as an opportunity for the College to become acquainted with the applicant and to acquaint the applicant as thoroughly as possible with Mills. Interviews are available on campus or through Skype or FaceTime. Applicants may also request an unofficial Credit Transfer Evaluation appointment.  


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.

Visiting Mills

We highly encourage students considering Mills to visit the campus. Arrangements for a tour and 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 Admission 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)