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.
Provides employment opportunities to UB students in a variety of areas.
Provides funding for women’s athletics
Contributes toward operating dollars to assist the 10 varsity women’s teams and 10 varsity men’s teams to compete effectively.
UB offers 20 IA sports and has 289 male student athletes or 56% and 217 female student athletes or 44%.
What is my money going for?
Funding for 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 20 varsity sports (10 men and 10 women) and the administrative areas necessary to carry on the program, such as academic services, compliance, training, etc. Effective at the end of the spring 2017 season, UB reduced the number of its intercollegiate athletic programs by four. After the reduction, the UB athletics department is composed of these 16 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).