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Mills College Admission Requirements

Oakland, California

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Your chances of getting into Mills College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Mills College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Mills College is 79.8%.  Its admission rate is the 60th lowest in California.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Mills College and can you get accepted?

Mills College is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 676 out of the 847 who applied were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 7 percent on standardized admission tests. Mills College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.57. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 6% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Mills College?

80% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Mills College you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.57 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1400 on the SAT
  • Score 30 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Mills College GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Mills College?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Mills College are to have around a 3.57 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.57 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Mills College accepts 80% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Mills College is 3.57 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #45 in California for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Mills College is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.6 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Mills College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 18.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 21.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 21.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 19.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 11.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 10.0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Mills College SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Mills College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 5% of students submitted SAT scores and 5% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Mills College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 728
Math 25th Percentile 650
Composite 25th Percentile 1378
SAT Scores for Mills College
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 743
Math 75th Percentile 670
Composite 75th Percentile 1413
Average SAT Score 1400

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Mills College?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Mills College is 1400 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1378-1413. Students who get into Mills College score in the top 100 percent of all SAT test takers..  Mills College ranks #12 in the state of California and #81 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1400 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Mills College regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1378 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1378, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1360, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Mills College is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1400 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1395, you have around a 80% chance of being admitted. A 1413 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 89% chance of getting in.

Mills College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1413 and Above Good >89%
1395 to 1413 Avg + 80%-89%
1378 to 1395 Avg - 68%-80%
1361 to 1378 Reach 53%-68%
Less than 1361 Low <53%
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Mills College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Mills College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 32
Math 25th Percentile 25
Composite 25th Percentile 30
ACT Scores for Mills College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 33
Math 75th Percentile 26
Composite 75th Percentile 31
Average ACT Score 30

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Mills College?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Mills College is 30, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 30 and 31.  The school ranks #15 in California and #100 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 30. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 30 and score in the score in the top 7 percent nationally.

5 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Mills College.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Mills College is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Mills College for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 30 score has around 80% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 94% with a 31 ACT score.

Mills College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
31 and Above Good >94%
30 to 31 Avg + 80%-94%
30 to 30 Avg - 80%-80%
30 to 30 Reach 80%-80%
Less than 30 Low <80%
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High School Class Rank

54% of Mills College freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 27% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted Mills College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 27%
Top 25% of class 54%
Top 50% of class 84%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Mills College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 803 44 847
Accepted 674 2 676
Acceptance Rate 84% 5% 80%
Enrolled 39 0 39
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 6% 0% 6%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Mills College is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Mills College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Mills College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Mills College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Mills College is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.57 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1400 and ACT of 30 will almost guarantee your admission.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Mills College often consider these colleges

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=118888 IPEDS survey data for Mills College.


Does Mills College prefer SAT or ACT?

5% of students submit their SAT scores to Mills College. 5% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Mills College?

80% of those who apply are granted admission to Mills College. Admission competition is and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Mills College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1378 and 1413. The average SAT score is 1395. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Mills College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 30 and 31. The average ACT score is 30. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.