ACADEMIC SUCCESS

Academic Success

For everything the Runnin’ Utes have achieved on the court, they have been equally successful in the classroom. In Larry Krystkowiak’s program, the focus is on developing well-rounded student-athletes.

The graduation success rate of Utah basketball players within six years from the time they enrolled as freshmen.

Academic All-Pac-12

Utah ranked tied for second among league schools with two players on the Academic All-Pac-12 first or second teams in 2017-18. Parker Van Dyke and Jayce Johnson were both named second-team selections and David Collette earned honorable mention.

Over the last six years, Utah has placed 13 players on either the Pac-12 All-Academic first or second teams, and seven others have earned honorable mention. Brandon Taylor and Jeremey Olsen were both three-time Pac-12 All-Academic first-team selections.

Top Three In Pac-12 APR Rankings

Utah posted the third-highest multi-year APR score in the Pac-12 of 985 in 2016-17.

Definition: The APR, or Academic Progress Rate, holds institutions accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete for each academic team.

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Taylor Named 2015-16 Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Brandon Taylor was named the 2015-16 Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's basketball. A Pac-12 All-Academic Team selection in both 2013-14 and 2014-15, Taylor maintained a 3.40 grade-point average as a psychology major at Utah. His senior year, Taylor earned Pac-12 All-Defensive Team and honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors while averaging 9.6 points and team-highs of 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals for a Utes team that won its final seven regular-season games to finish second in the league with a 13-5 mark and a 24-7 overall record.

Burbidge Center

The Kenneth P. Burbidge Jr. Family Athletics Academic Center is a national-class academic facility.

Reserved for Utah’s varsity student-athletes, the Burbidge Center is known for its aesthetics, technological offerings and academic service. The building features a student-athlete lounge, classroom, individual and group tutoring rooms, study table, computer lab, and offices for student-athlete support personnel.

NCAA Life Skills Program

All of Utah’s athletic teams are also involved with the NCAA Life Skills program, which provides guidance to student-athletes.

The program offers a course for incoming athletes covering topics such as nutrition, stress management, diversity, eating disorders, relationships, sexual responsibility, conflict resolution and media training. The program, which additionally offers a career and life planning course for seniors, also helps student-athletes network with professionals in the workforce, find internships, and explore post-undergraduate education options. As student-athletes prepare to transition into their careers, workshops are offered in resume writing and interviewing skills.

Another important aspect of Utah’s Life Skills program is the volunteer work student-athletes contribute to the community. Ute student-athletes speak at local elementary and junior high schools on topics such as drug abuse, goal setting, the importance of education, making smart choices and self-esteem. They reach out to more than 5,000 young students in the Salt Lake valley each year.

Ute student-athletes work with kids at Salt Lake City area elementary schools through the NCAA Life Skills program.

SAMS

Representatives from each team serve their fellow student-athletes as peer helpers. They are well-trained and knowledgeable of the many support programs and services offered by the athletics department. Utah’s SAMS program has been tremendously successful and is a two-time recipient of a coveted NCAA Choices grant.

SAAC

Utah also has a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which is comprised of representatives from all 18 of Utah’s varsity teams.