For Mills students graduating after June 30, 2022
Since the September 2021 announcement of the merger between Mills College and Northeastern University, the two institutions have been working together on degree completion pathways for Mills students who will graduate after June 30, 2022. During the past three months, the academic leaders of both schools have been collaborating with each other and their respective accrediting bodies to create degree completion plans as quickly as possible.
While we recognize that Mills and Northeastern have different academic programs, our priority is to offer degree completion pathways that enable continuing students to complete their degrees. Our goal is to enable students to graduate as close as possible to their currently anticipated time frame at a comparable cost.
To that end, Mills is offering a six-week summer session from May 16, 2022 to June 30, 2022 for students who, at the end of this spring term, will need 8 credits or less to complete their Mills degree. These currently enrolled students and students who previously have been granted in absentia status, will now have the ability to complete and receive the Mills College degree prior to the merger. These students will be able to apply for participation in the May 2022 graduation ceremonies.
Recognizing that each student’s academic goals, degree paths, course credits, and financial circumstances are unique, Mills and Northeastern are providing individualized one-on-one counseling and advising that will address the many questions students have about their individual circumstances. We recognize that this is a very challenging time, and we will do our utmost to help students navigate these changes.
To start the process, students need to complete a brief online form indicating their intention to continue enrollment and complete a degree at Mills College at Northeastern University. Most students already authorized Mills and Northeastern to share information when they chose not to opt out of the merger information sharing this past December. However, this new form provides Northeastern with further information needed to prepare degree completion pathway options for each student based on the student’s specific circumstances (classes taken, credits earned, etc.).
Step 1: Continuing students email their completed “intent to continue to enroll” form to: Jordana Bischoff, the Mills at Northeastern experience counselor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please return the form by January 28, 2022. If you did not receive the form via email, please contact email@example.com.
Step 2: Students schedule an individualized virtual meeting with Jordana Bischoff.
Step 3: Following the individualized meeting, students will share the information gained with their faculty advisor, who will then advise and support them as they consider their options and determine their pathway.
Based on questions that have arisen regarding the Mills College and Northeastern University merger, we have published an an expanded set of FAQs.