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. The admissions process is selective and 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


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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis after the fall priority deadline. 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. 

Letter of Recommendation

Students are required to submit one letter of recommendation from a college instructor or employer. 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, Duolingo exam, or AAE course completion.


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, FaceTime, or phone. 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. Students must submit a $300 non-refundable enrollment deposit to secure their space in the next academic term. If a student defers their enrollment from a fall to spring term, initial offers of financial aid will be honored for the new spring entry term. Spring to fall term deferrals will result in a request for an updated FAFSA and be subject to a revised award. Students wishing to take a gap year will not have their offer of admission extended beyond the one semester deferral policy, but will have to reapply for admission in the subsequent application pool. Offers of merit scholarships are not guaranteed to carry over beyond one concurrent semester.

Mills Pathway

The Mills Pathway Program simplifies the transfer process, providing students with a clear, straightforward path from specific community colleges to Mills. Students from one of the following community college districts or community colleges are eligible to participate in Maths Pathways. These districts and colleges include:

  • College of Marin
  • Contra Costa Community College District
  • East Los Angeles College
  • Peralta Community College District*
  • San Mateo County Colleges

To be eligible for guaranteed admission to Mills students must be enrolled full-time in consistent and consecutive terms at a Pathway-eligible community college, complete a minimum of 60 transferable semester credits prior to submitting your admission application, attain a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA, and complete the Mills admission application process by the published deadlines. Students who do not have 60 transferable semester credits are not eligible for the Pathway program, but can apply for admission through our traditional transfer process. Students who achieve a cumulative GPA between 2.5 and 2.79 are not guaranteed admission, but will receive priority consideration. 

*Peralta Community College District Students:

To ensure guaranteed admission to Mills, Pathway students from the Peralta Community College District must begin the admission process four semesters before their intended Mills entry term. Students must have:

  • An approved, official academic plan (submitted by a Peralta College transfer counselor and approved by Mills Office of Admissions)

  • Completed the Undergraduate Application Intent Form

  • Completed a minimum of 60 transferable semester credits**

  • Achieved a minimum 2.8 GPA

**Students must submit an official transcript for confirmation of transferable semester credits.