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 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:
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.
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.