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.

Graduation rate of Utah basketball players within 6 years from the time they enrolled as freshmen.

Pacing The Pac-12

The Runnin' Utes led all Pac-12 programs with two of the five players on the Pac-12 All-Academic first team in 2014-15. Jeremy Olsen and Brandon Taylor were both named to the first team, while Austin Eastman made the second team. Utah's four student-athletes on the squad in 2014-15 and a total of nine over the past two years both pace the Pac-12 Conference.

Since 2012-13, the Utes have had:

  • 6 Pac-12 All-Academic First Team selections
  • 2 Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team selections
  • 5 Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention Selections

#1 APR Rankings

Utah basketball ranked first among Pac-12 members in the NCAA APR rankings released in 2016. The Utes had a perfect multi-year score of 1000. and earned a perfect single-year APR score of 1000 for a third straight year in 2015-16.

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Taylor Named 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.