Athletics and Recreation

Intercollegiate Athletics

Mills College Cyclones come from a wide range of athletic experiences and diverse personal backgrounds yet what they all share in common is a deep commitment to their teams and to personal growth. They have been nationally recognized for excellence in their sports, academics, and community engagement. As a member of NCAA Division III, Mills College challenges and supports student-athletes to engage in athletics as a critical part of their transformative learning experience. Cyclones are also encouraged to explore a variety of educational opportunities and can be found as leaders in every facet of campus life.

For more information, check out Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation (APER) online, visit the APER Department in Haas Pavilion, or call 510.430.2172. To get involved, be sure to attend the APER information session and the Work Study fair during Orientation.


The recreation program at Mills offers something for everybody. Students are encouraged to use the recreational facilities, including a well-equipped fitness center, six lighted outdoor tennis courts, aquatic center, multipurpose gymnasium, soccer field, and walk/run trail.

Lockers are available at the fitness center and at the aquatic center. For access to an all-gender locker room, email Entrance keys for the tennis courts can be purchased at Haas 103 for a nominal fee to students, staff, and faculty.

The recreation program also offers a wide variety of recreational activities, outdoor adventures, and fitness programs.

For more information about recreational opportunities and facilities, check online, visit the APER Department in Haas Pavilion, or call 510.430.3285.

Trefethen Aquatic Center

The Mills swimming pool is operated by Campus Facilities. It  has ten deep lanes suitable for competitive swimming, water polo and lap swim. The large attached shallow area provides a place for classes and recreational usage. The facility also includes a therapy spa and locker rooms. The aquatic center provides many employment opportunities for students throughout the academic year and the summer. Schedules and program offerings are available by phone at 510.430.2170, or online.