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 Athletics Component 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 institutional visibility and exposure
  • Support for students involved in cheerleading, 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 by function.
pie chart of athletics fee expenditures by initiative.

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Intercollegiate Athletics: $ 9,835,073

Student Payroll for Intercollegiate Athletics Programs: $315,387

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 $41,000 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: $3,450,240

Provides funding for women’s athletics

  • Title IX initiatives

Fast Facts

  • The General University Service Fee accounts for $448,531 of Grants-in-Aid costs.
  • Assists in funding female athlete scholarships which continues the university’s growth and development in accordance with the Gender Equity Plan.

Men’s and Women’s Sports: $6,069,446

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

  • Equipment, uniforms and apparel
  • Game expenses
  • Student engagement activities at events
  • General operating expenses
  • Student recruitment
  • Supplies
  • Team travel

Fast Facts

  • The General University Service Fee accounts for $789,028 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 Division I sports and has 214 male student athletes or 57% and 161 female student athletes or 43%.

Fee Contact

Division of Athletics

Alumni Arena - North Campus: Monday - Sunday; hours vary (expanded hours on Saturday and Sundays during the spring semester)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is my money going for?

Funding for intercollegiate athletics operating expenses, personnel, and grants-in-aid for 16 competitive sports teams.

Does the money support sports other than football?

The fee supports much more than football. The Athletics 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.