Athletics Fee

The Intercollegiate Athletics component is a vital part of the university community’s strong commitment to and support for intercollegiate athletics.  

UB has a long and proud history of participating in intercollegiate athletics, dating back to the late 1800s. The intercollegiate Athletics component is vital to the support of 16 NCAA Division I teams and facilitates greater student involvement. It enhances the quality of student life and increases opportunities for student interaction with peers from other like institutions. It also puts UB in the national spotlight, which helps in the recruitment and retention of students along with development efforts.

Student Benefits and Impacts

  • Free access to all regular season Intercollegiate Athletics events
  • Access to student programming and promotions at Athletics events
  • Employment opportunities for students
  • Increased opportunities for women to participate in Athletics
  • Increased institutional visibility and exposure
  • Support for students involved in cheer leading, pep band, and marching band
  • Increased diversity on campus
  • Increased sense of campus pride
  • Increased opportunities for student interaction with peers from other like universities
  • Enhanced quality of student life
  • Increased institutional student recruitment and retention
  • Programs and activities available to students as a healthy alternative to the use of drugs and alcohol
  • Opportunities for enhanced student engagement and involvement on campus
  • Access to high quality Athletics facilities
  • Increased connection with community and Alumni
  • Opportunities for socialization and peer interaction in a positive and healthy environment
  • Access to programs developing vital life skills
  • Athletic scholarship opportunities available to approximately 500 students

Student Access

  • North and South Campus Recreation Facilities
  • North Campus Athletics Facilities
  • Athletics and Recreation websites

Actual Expenditures

pie chart of athletics fee expenditures.

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Intercollegiate Athletics: $9,233,325

Student Payroll for Intercollegiate Athletics Programs: $305,993

Provides employment opportunities to UB students in a variety of areas.

  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Academic support monitors
  • Event staffing
  • Office work
  • Facility support
  • Equipment Room support
  • Lifeguarding
  • Ticket office operations

Fast Facts

  • The General University Service Fee accounts for $39,779 of Student Payroll costs.
  • Assists in funding 100% of the overall intercollegiate athletic student payroll allowing for enhanced tutoring service for the student athletes and adequate levels of support at athletic and university public events. There are approximately 150 student assistants on the Department of Athletics payroll to support the Event and Facility Operations.
  • There are approximately 55 tutors who handle over 250 students each year.
  • There are approximately 150 student assistants on payroll to support event and facility operations.

Grants-in-Aid, Women: $3,532,978

Provides funding for women’s athletics

  • Title IX initiatives

Fast Facts

  • The General University Service Fee accounts for $459,287 of Grants-in-Aid costs.
  • Assists in funding over 70% of our female athlete scholarships continuing the university’s growth and development in accordance with the Gender Equity Plan.

Men’s and Women’s Sports: $5,394,354

Contributes toward operating dollars to assist the 16 NCAA Division I teams to compete effectively.

  • Equipment, uniforms and apparel
  • Game expenses
  • General operating expenses
  • Student recruitment
  • Supplies
  • Team travel
  • Title IX initiatives

Fast Facts

  • The General University Service Fee accounts for $701,266 of Men’s and Women’s Sports costs.
  • Assists with the growth of Division of Athletic programs and supports ongoing student welfare issues

UB offers 16 NCAA Divison I sports and has 214 male student athletes or 55.4% and 162 female student athletes or 44.6%.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is my money going for?

Funding for intercollegiate athletics supports operating expenses, personnel, and grants-in-aid for 16 competitive sports teams, totaling approximately $9 million annually.

Does the money support sports other than football?

The fee supports much more than football. The student fee, along with other funding sources provides support to 16 varsity sports (football, softball, women's volleyball, men's and women's basketball, wrestling, women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's cross country, women's soccer and men’s and women’s track and field (indoor and outdoor)) and the administrative areas necessary to carry on the program, such as academic services, compliance, and training.