Athletics

Location
Buffalo, NY
Undergrads
17,507
Tuition (in-state)
$16,190 ($5,570)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Athletics: I am not involved in sports, but the school and teams do a good job making everyone aware of upcoming events so everyone has a chance to get involved.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: A wide variety of athletics are available and are satisfactory for almost all involved.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The big thing here is basketball because our football team sucks.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: People go, but it is not all that important

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics are dedicated , and hard workers.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 310th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 803rd
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christina Reisenauer
Hometown
Amherst, N.Y.
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In the early `90s, UB's athletic programs moved up to
Division I after decades in Division III. Five years ago, the Bulls made another quick jump to the competitive Mid-American Conference, home to powerhouses like Marshall and Kent State. Despite huge levels of promotion (particularly for football), the teams have failed to inspire much of a following on campus. The hapless football team is so pathetic they are often ranked near the bottom of ESPN's "Bottom 10." Over 20,000 students usually come out for the home opener, but interest trails off as the losses mount. Some students genuinely hate the football team, and professors complain about it every day. They say the huge amounts of money that are invested in the program (each of the 100 players on the squad gets a full scholarship) could be better invested in academics.

But in the spring of 2004, the basketball team went on a tear and UB got a taste of the potential of big-time sports. Toward the end of the season, thousands of blue-clad "Mighty Maniacs" crowded like sweaty sardines in the large student section, cheering and chanting loudly for the entire game. The fans even rushed the court after a stunning home victory against Kent State (a top 30 team) and a first-round playoff win against Northern Illinois. The other sports teams have had mixed success-wrestling and women's soccer are both strong in their conferences, while tennis and baseball are weak. UB fields top-notch club teams, and many students also join intramural sports leagues which are generally taken more seriously at UB than at other schools.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Mid-American Conference
Basketball: Mid-American Conference
School Colors
Blue and white
School Nickname
Bulls
Men Playing Varsity Sports
289 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
226 - 3%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 86
Basketball: 25
Baseball: 29
Cross Country/Track: 51
Other Sports: 162
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 25%
Basketball: 33%
Baseball: 67%
Cross Country/Track: 60%
Other Sports: 80%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Bowling
  • Boxing
  • Cross country and track
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey (men's and women's)
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Men's Crew
  • Men's Wrestling
  • Paintball
  • Racquetball
  • Rolley hockey
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Seido Karate
  • Ski Team
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
Intramurals
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Dodgeball
  • Euchre
  • Flag Football
  • Floor Hockey
  • Kan-Jam (indoor, outdoor)
  • Racquetball
  • Roller hockey
  • Soccer (indoor, outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Alumni Arena
  • Clark Hall
  • Ellicott Fields
Most Popular Sports
As it improves in conference play, the men's basketball team is starting to draw big crowds. The student section, also known as the Sea of Blue, is filled with vocal "Mighty Maniacs" (sponsored by Mighty Taco, a local Mexican food chain). After victories, everyone stands while the band plays the alma mater and the players run through the section giving the crowd high-fives. However, though Buffalo is a dyed-in-the-wool football town, the UB football team is consistently ranked among the worst in Division I-A. Though they draw nearly 10,000 fans per game, including a group of die-hards, most students respond to their losing ways with apathy or disdain. On the club sport side, UB has highly-ranked rugby and ultimate Frisbee teams. Students say the popular and well-organized intramural teams are a great way to meet people on campus.
Most Overlooked Teams
While UB's marquee sports have struggled, several sports-including the wrestling team and the men's and women's soccer teams-are very competitive in the MAC.
School Spirit
In terms of school spirit, UB is far less than the sum of its parts. The University is made of many small communities-academic units, sports, clubs, and social groups, but these communities don't add up to a cohesive whole. Most students are happy in their corner of the University, but can muster only lukewarm spirit for the larger institution. Students credit all the fun parts of their years in Buffalo (parties, friendships, achievements) to their communities within UB, while they blame the institution as a whole for all the depressing parts (huge classes, monolithic architecture, parking, and the weather). Since the 1990s, the administration has poured money into the football and basketball programs, hoping that their success would unite the campus. With the exception of basketball, this effort has yet to pay off (if anything, the football team's problems have increased student apathy). Nevertheless, there's a core of students at UB who love the school, despite its flaws. Many students grow to love Buffalo, as well.
Getting Tickets
Students are admitted free to all sporting events. Except for the first home football game of the season or late-season basketball games when the team is hot, you'll never have trouble finding a seat.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Amherst's popular jogging and cycling path runs through North Campus. Many students don't know that there are also paths in Letchworth Woods (near the Ellicott Complex dorms) and Walton Wood Park (off Audubon Parkway just north of campus). Delaware Park, Buffalo's magnificent public park, is a five-minute drive from South Campus.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 98 responses

  • 7% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 26% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 55% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 12% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 99 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 42% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 33% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 23% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 99 responses

  • 3% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 47% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 43% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 6% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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