ACADEMIC SUCCESS

Academic Success

Utah Athletics has recorded the highest Graduation Success Rate of any Power Five public institution.

Graduation Rates

Former Ute and current Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith, the overall No. 1 pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, gave the keynote address at the U.'s 2014 general commencement ceremony.

Utah's student-athletes who graduated within six years of enrolling, the second highest figure among Power 5 public institutions.

Ninety-four percent of student-athletes at the University of Utah graduated within six years of enrolling according to the latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate released in November of 2020. The 94 percent graduation rate is the second highest in school history, and it is the fourth consecutive year that Utah's score has been over 90 percent.

Utah's 94 percent rate is tied for the second highest figure among Power 5 public institutions and tied for the fifth-highest score among all institutions at the Power 5 level. Duke, Notre Dame and Northwestern are the only private institutions to rank ahead of Utah.

Utah's overall GSR ranked second in the Pac-12 Conference behind Stanford, which came in at 96 percent. The Utes had the best (or tied for the best) GSR in among its Pac-12 peers in nine conference-sponsored sports: baseball, men's basketball, football, men's tennis, gymnastics, soccer, women's swimming & diving, women's tennis and volleyball. In addition, 10 Utah programs achieved a perfect (100%) GSR score: baseball, men's basketball, men's ski, men's tennis, gymnastics, women's ski, soccer, women's swimming & diving, women's tennis, volleyball.

Department GPA

Utah student-athletes set another departmental record GPA of 3.39 during the 2019-2020 academic year. Thirty-five percent made the Dean's List in the fall and/or spring semesters while 77 percent earned Athletic Director's Honor Roll accolades, another departmental record. Fifteen percent of Utah's student-athletes achieved 4.00 GPA's for the fall and/or spring semesters.

Utes named to the Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll in 2019-20.

Academic Progress Report

APR By The Numbers


Teams with perfect multi-year scores


Teams ranking in the top 10% nationally


Teams matching or surpassing their previous best multi-year scores


Teams with perfect single-year scores of 1000

Brandon Taylor was named the 2015-16 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation of all student-athletes on scholarship. It also provides a measure of each team's academic performance.

Utah's athletic programs performed among the best in the nation in the both the single- and multi-year NCAA Academic Progress Report (APR) released in the spring of 2020. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation of all student-athletes on scholarship, and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.

Football, gymnastics, volleyball and men's tennis received public recognition from the NCAA for posting a multi-year APR in the top 10 percent nationally of all athletic teams in their particular sport. The later three programs earned perfect multi-year marks.

Utah had 11 sports with perfect single-year APR scores of 1000: men's and women's skiing, men's tennis, women's basketball, cross country, gymnastics, softball, soccer, women's swim, track & field and volleyball. Seven programs matched or surpassed their previous bests for a multi-year score: lacrosse, men's tennis, gymnastics, women's skiing, soccer, track & field and volleyball.

Breanna Hughes was named the 2016 Pac-12 Women's Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Gymnastics Honors

NCAA Public Recognition

Utah gymnastics earned an NCAA Public Recognition Award for posting a multiyear Academic Progress Rate in the top-10 percent of their sport. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally. This is the fifth time the Red Rocks have earned this honor.

Scholastic All-Americans

Five University of Utah gymnasts—Hunter Dula, Abby Paulson, Missy Reinstadtler, Jaedyn Rucker and Kim Tessen—earned Scholastic All-American honors from the Women's Collegiate Gymnastics Association (WCGA) for the 2019-20 academic year.

Student-athletes named WCGA Scholastic All-Americans have posted an overall grade point average of 3.5 or higher during the school year.

Pac-12 Winter Academic Honor Roll

Utah gymnastics placed eight on the 2020 Pac-12 Winter Academic Honor Roll: Alexia Burch, Hunter Dula, Cammy Hall, Cristal Isa, Adrienne Randall, Missy Reinstadtler, Sydney Soloski, Kim Tessen

Burbidge Center

The Kenneth P. Burbidge Jr. Family Academic Center, which opened in May of 2001, is a national-class academic facility.

Reserved for Utah’s varsity student-athletes, the 15,500-square foot, two-story facility is known for its aesthetics, technological offerings and academic service. The Burbidge Center features a student-athlete lounge, classroom, individual and group tutoring rooms, study table, computer lab, and offices for student-athlete support personnel.

The Burbidge Center underwent a $2.1 million expansion in the spring of 2018 that added a new 4,500-square-foot west wing. The project included vacating 850 square feet in a large meeting room that was formerly used by the athletics department staff and repurposing it for quiet study. All of the new spaces will allow for more one-on-one tutoring, group study, group instruction and collaboration, while providing more quiet study areas for the student athletes.

The renovation included a new west entrance, allowing for easy access from the Sorenson High Performance Center, and a new basement-level entrance with a lounge area that provides better access from team locker rooms, training room, fueling station, weight room, and the Jon M. Huntsman Center arena.