ACADEMIC SUCCESS

Academic Success

The Kenneth P. Burbidge Jr. Family Athletics Academic Center, which opened in May of 2001, 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.

Burbidge Center

  • Student-athletes receive priority registration.
  • iPads are provided to all scholarship student-athletes. Apps for word processing (Pages, spreadsheets (Numbers), presentations (Keynote), note taking and recording of lectures (Notability) and electronic textbooks (Kno) are also provided.
  • Academic mentors are provided to all entering freshmen and to anyone who requests one.
  • Tutors are available for all classes offered at the University and are offered on an individual, group, or drop-in basis. Tutors may travel with the team to away meets and tests may be proctored while at away meets.
  • Laptop computers may be checked out for use during travel to away meets.
  • A summer "Bridge" program for entering freshmen.
  • Summer school and fifth-year scholarships are provided.

"Our athletics department has always been committed to providing top-level academic support services to our teams. When a gymnast comes to the University of Utah, we can guarantee her not only the best in training facilities, competition, fan support and media exposure, but also the best possible academic experience."

- Co-Head Coach Megan Marsden

PLACEMENT

Athletics department placement personnel help student-athletes find job shadowing experiences, internships, summer and post graduate employment.

LEADERSHIP

Utah student-athletes receive award-winning support. Student-athletes are encouraged to develop their leadership skills in the Utes CHAMPS/Life Skills Program that includes:

  • Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC)
  • Student Athlete Mentor (SAMS)
  • Community Service
  • Career Development
  • Leadership Conferences
  • Utes Speakers Bureau

Utah Second Nationally in Team GPA

The Utes placed second among all women’s gymnastics programs in team grade point average in 2015-16 with a cumulative GPA of 3.7715.  It is Utah’s second-straight runner-up finish in the national gymnastics scholastic standings. Utah has finished in the top five for the past five years, including a first-place finish in 2014.

Utah had the best GPA of any team that qualified into the 2016 NCAA Championships and the best by a Pac-12 team. Utah (No. 2) and Alabama (No. 9) were the only two NCAA qualifiers in the NACGC scholastic top 12.

Scholastic All-Americans

Utah was the only team that had 100-percent of its members awarded Scholastic All-American honors by the National Association of College Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W).

Honorees and GPAs: Breanna Hughes (4.00), Sabrina Schwab (4.00), Shannon McNatt (4.00), Kailah Delaney (3.87), Maddy Stover (3.86), Erika Muhaw (3.78), Kassandra Lopez (3.73), Baely Rowe (3.73), Samantha Partyka (3.72), Kari Lee (3.68), Tiffani Lewis (3.65) and MaKenna Merrell (3.59).

2015-16 Academic Honors

CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American:
Breanna Hughes (first team)
Kailah Delaney (second team)

Tom Hansen Conference Medal:
Breanna Hughes

Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Breanna Hughes

Pac-12 All-Academic:

The Utah gymnastics team placed a league-leading eight members on the 2016 Pac-12 All-Academic first and second teams, representing a third (eight of 24) of the total awardees. It was the fifth-straight year the Utes have led the conference in All-Academic selections and a total of 37 Utah gymnasts have earned conference academic honors since Utah joined the Pac-12 Conference in 2012.

Utah’s 2016 first-team Pac-12 All-Academic selections were: Kailah Delaney, Breanna Hughes, Kari Lee, Kassandra Lopez and Maddy Stover. Named to the second team were Tiffani Lewis, Samantha Partyka and Baely Rowe.

Dean's List (minimum 3.5 GPA with 12 graded hours):
Georgia Dabritz, Breanna Hughes, Kari Lee, Tiffani Lewis, Kassandra Lopez, Shannon McNatt, Samantha Partyka, Baely Rowe, Sabrina Schwab, Maddy Stover, Becky Tutka.

Athletic Director's Honor Roll (minimum 3.0 GPA):
Georgia Dabritz, Kailah Delaney, Breanna Hughes, Kari Lee, Tiffani Lewis, Kassandra Lopez, Shannon McNatt, Makenna Merrell, Erika Muhaw, Samantha Partyka, Baely Rowe, Sabrina Schwab, Maddy Stover, Becky Tutka.

NCAA Team GPAs 2010-16

SCHOOL 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Boise State 3.8087 3.7256 *** 3.186 *** *** ***
UTAH 3.7715 3.7838 3.7827 3.69 3.66 3.76 3.5
Kent St. 3.641 3.3667 3.505 3.46 3.43 3.42 3.38
Alabama 3.6405 3.6456 3.5121 3.54 3.55 3.71 3.41
Oregon St. 3.6019 3.39 3.2188 3.09 3.19 *** ***
Arkansas 3.5835 3.546 3.275 3.15 3.37 3.26 3.44
Minnesota 3.5277 3.2279 3.2993 3.36 3.33 3.37 3.32
Denver 3.5043 3.546 3.4606 3.41 3.44 3.48 3.37
Arizona St. 3.5 3.25 *** 3.1 2.91 *** ***
Stanford 3.4914 3.3379 3.3853 3.42 3.41 3.34 3.43
Missouri 3.4195 3.2689 3.2359 3.31 3.33 3.47 3.5
Nebraska 3.4113 3.5321 3.4423 3.36 3.29 3.43 3.2
Illinois 3.4014 3.6267 3.5431 3.3 3.26 3.43 3.4
West Virginia 3.3972 3.0491 3.175 3.1 3.22 3.35 3.35
Oklahoma 3.3935 3.4053 3.3356 3.29 3.35 3.26 3.34
Michigan St. 3.3926 3.288 3.2535 3.19 3.37 3.55 3.62
Georgia 3.3712 3.22 3.0935 3.35 3.47 3.19 3.39
New Hampshire 3.3636 3.4911 3.2867 3.31 3.22 3.46 3.35
LSU 3.3581 3.4587 3.2982 3.2 3.06 3.22 3.22
Ohio St. 3.3367 3.2806 3.2431 3.47 3.58 3.53 3.22
NC State 3.2919 3.2011 *** 3.1 3.15 3.15 3.25
Towson 3.2475 3.4987 3.4808 3.5 3.59 3.39 3.21
Arizona 3.2317 3.1113 *** *** 3.27 3.13 3.07
Iowa State 3.1956 2.9918 3.184 3.26 3.25 *** 3.29
UCLA 3.1794 3.1857 3.1806 3.22 3.09 3.26 3.08
Washington 3.1733 3.3188 3.5192 3.41 3.38 3.29 2.96
Utah State 3.1353 3.2673 *** 3.42 3.41 3.45 3.29
BYU 3.1341 3.0565 *** 3.16 3.18 3.02 2.96
California 3.1271 3.0329 3.1282 3.27 3.12 *** 2.94
Michigan 3.12 3.2436 3.3414 3.11 3.08 3.26 3.46
Iowa 3.0709 2.9615 *** *** 3.16 3.32 3.23
Florida 3.0686 3.4679 3.5162 3.42 3.49 3.27 3.31
Auburn 3.0068 3.1465 *** 3.08 3.43 3.11 2.89
Penn State 2.9467 3.005 3.1536 3.31 3.2 *** 3.27