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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.