University at Buffalo The State University of New York

2016-2017 Athletic Fee Report

Background

The Athletic Fee was implemented in 1990. 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.

Today, UB has a very diversified and exciting program consisting of 20 highly competitive sports (basketball, indoor and outdoor track, cross-country, soccer, swimming/diving, and tennis for men and women; football, baseball and wrestling for men; and softball, volleyball, and crew for women). UB is one of only 128 institutions in the nation to participate at the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision level.

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).

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. For much more information on the different sports, history, FAQ, staff, schedules, etc., visit the website http://www.ubbulls.com.

Student Benefits/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 & South Campus Recreation Facilities
  • North Campus Athletics Facilities
  • Athletics and Recreation websites
Contact Information

Division of Athletics

Alumni Arena - North Campus:

  • Monday - Sunday; hours vary (Expanded hours on Saturday and Sundays during the spring semester)

Clark Hall - South Campus:

  • Monday - Sunday; hours vary
Actual Expenditures
Comprehensive Fee budget graph by functional area Comprehensive budget graph by initiative area

Intercollegiate Athletics: $8,981,925

Student Payroll for Intercollegiate Athletics Programs: $252,182

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

Fast Facts

  • The General University Service Fee accounts for $32,784 of Student Payroll costs.
  • There are approximately 55 tutors who handle over 250 students each year
  • Assists in funding 100% of the overall IA 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.

Grants-in-Aid, Women: $3,721,614

Provides funding for women’s athletics

  • Title IX initiatives

Fast Facts

  • The General University Service Fee accounts for $483,809 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: $5,008,129

Contributes toward operating dollars to assist the 10 varsity women’s teams and 10 varsity men’s teams to compete effectively.

  • Equipment, uniforms and apparel
  • Game Expenses
  • General Operating Expenses
  • Student recruitment
  • Supplies
  • Team travel
  • Title IX initiative

Fast Facts

  • The General University Service Fee accounts for $651,057 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 20 IA sports and has 289 male student athletes or 56% and 217 female student athletes or 44%. 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).
FAQ

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).

Questions and comments regarding the Comprehensive Fee may be emailed to UBstudentaccounts@buffalo.edu.

Last updated: January 11, 2018 10:20 am EST