Accepted students?

<p>Any accepted Mills students out there? Anyone going to the accepted student day on April 15? My D visited Mills in Feb. and loved it. It's currently her #1, but there are a few more schools to visit and financial aid packages to come before making the final decision.</p>

<p>Still waiting to hear their decision, but they asked for some additional grades and a third letter of rec that I wasn’t able to get to them until today, so I’m guessing I’ll hear on Thursday or Friday.</p>

<p>It’s also my first choice, though I’m iffy as to whether I’ll get in or get enough money. I’m hoping to visit later this month, but, unfortunately, it’s already pretty late to book a flight for the 15th.</p>

<p>Have others heard back yet?</p>

<p>Good luck, Teeney! I’m sure they’re still interested if they’re asking for more info. D applied EA so has had her acceptance since Thanksgiving. When we went to a visit program in Feb, many had not yet heard back and some had not applied yet. We’re from the northeast so won’t be able to revisit. Mills is still D’s #1, I think. Are you from CA?</p>

<p>Thanks Wintriest! Good for her. Yeah, I’m from San Diego, so there’s still a possibility I’d be able to make the drive and stay with family nearby if I hear good news soon.</p>

<p>My D and I are going to the admitted students reception in San Diego on April 7th. Could not schedule the on-campus event, but do plan on touring the campus in April in conjunction with the other Bay Area schools that accepted her. Anybody else attending the San Diego reception?</p>

<p>I assume they sent your D an invite to the reception, ksdad01? Hopefully this isn’t a bad sign for me. I live in SD, but as I mentioned, still waiting for a response due to some uncertainty on their part and a request for more info. It’d be nice to hear back before the 7th, as if I do get in I would love to go to the reception.</p>

<p>Just got a phone call and I’m in! And yes, I will be attending the reception on the 7th. :)</p>

<p>Congratulations, Teeney! (Hope the money worked out, too.) Enjoy the reception!</p>

<p>Hey Everyone! I’m a current student here at Mills, and I’m delighted to see you all are so excited to be admitted! Mills really is a special school and I just wish that more people could see–I’m glad you do! :slight_smile: I’m going to be campus for the Preview Day next week, and will even be hosting a prospective student overnight! If anyone is going, give me a shout out! </p>

<p>If anyone has any questions about Mills, I’d love to help you out.</p>

<p>Wow, I’m so glad to see so much action on this thread after months of silence!
Thanks susieboo for joining in.
My D is agonizing about Mills versus another women’s college a little closer to home. This morning she confided that she still thinks Mills is the best fit overall. I know one concern is how much of a commuter school Mills might be (and her being left on an empty campus on weekends). What is your take on that?</p>

<p>I guess “suitcase school” is the correct term to describe my D’s concern. Whether many of the students at Mills are local or from near enough to go home easily for weekends and short holidays (like Thanksgiving), leaving the small number of students from OOS behind. (I know there are commuters but that there are plenty of undergrads living on campus, at least during the week. That’s not an issue.)</p>

<p>I’ve definitely heard the “suitcase school” concern when it comes to Mills. It’s also a concern of mine, and I wanted to ask during the reception today, but I had so many other questions I forgot about that one!</p>

<p>Susieboo34, can you tell me a little about what will go on during the overnight? I’m interested, but a little hesitant because of some of the stories I’ve heard about overnights at liberal schools. In other words, I’m worried about getting stuck in a room with people smoking pot all night…or on the opposite spectrum, playing video games, etc., all night.</p>

My D was not comfortable about sleeping on the floor of a strangers’ rooms and skipped doing overnights at several schools, but she did participate in the overnight at the Mills event in February and thought it was awesome. It gave her the chance to remember more of the questions she wanted to ask, to ask them in a more private setting, and to get frank answers from a current student instead of from people who work in admissions (no offense, Susieboo!).</p>

<p>Thanks for sharing that, wintriest. I can definitely see it being a useful experience when it comes to decision time, and it’s reassuring to hear that about Mills specifically. If you don’t mind me asking, when your D was there, how did it work? Did she hang out with an individual student the whole time, or are there planned events for prospective students to participate in?</p>

<p>Teeney…what did you think of the San Diego reception and the people there? I thought it was a decent turnout especially considering the size of Mills. D and I found the rowing coach and assistant coach informative and enthusiastic. My D’s primary concern about Mills is whether there will be enough opportunity to meet men, since it is a stand-alone college. She will be visiting the school in 2 weeks. If you go for the admitted student on-campus weekend please post your experience.</p>

<p>The prospective/admitted student event had lots of planned activities, including breakout sessions that students and parents could attend. At a certain point in the afternoon, parents left and the group met their hosts for the rest of the evening and the overnight. They still had group activities throughout the evening and even in the dorm, D’s host and D hung out with other visitors and their hosts. She actually got close enough to a couple of the other visiting students that they have kept in touch as they decide whether or not to attend Mills next year. I think so far one is definitely going there and D and the other are still undecided but leaning toward Mills. D’s host was from TX, so it reassured her that not all Mills students are local (or even from CA).</p>

Being comfortable with the social life at a women’s college is really important. I went to one (many years back) that was part of a consortium, and even then most of the everyday social life was women-only–only mixers or frat parties at the men’s college nearby were truly coed and seemed so artificial to me that I didn’t really participate in them after freshman year. There were a few men in classes (as is the case at Mills since there are male grad students). I think my decision to study abroad for a year at a coed institution was an important part of my undergrad experience, and in some ways it helped me appreciate my own school and not wonder “what am I missing out on?” My impression is that Mills students seem to get involved with a lot of off-campus activities, so there are opportunities to meet men (at Berkeley, for example) in settings apart from frat parties (though there are those, too). Susie, can you comment on this?</p>

<p>One of my concerns before the reception was that the people would be very similar to one another, but I didn’t find that to be the case. There was a variety of people and I feel like it would be easy enough to find a niche at the school. I had a conversation with the assistant coach who reassured me about joining one of the sports despite being an average athlete; she was very encouraging and warm!</p>

<p>I can definitely see meeting men being an issue for many students; I know you can take classes at Berkeley so that may present opportunities, but other than that I’m not sure how you would meet men! I do know that you can have guests stay in your room for up to 4 nights in a row which is great for those who must travel to see their significant other. If I do the overnight I’ll be sure ask a current student about that and get back to you, and let you know how the experience is as a whole.</p>

<p>Thanks Wintriest, that sounds like an enjoyable/informative experience and I think I’ll go for it!</p>

Enjoy the overnight and please report back!</p>