Utah's student-athletes continue to record some of the all-time best academic numbers in the department's history in recent years.

Graduation Success Rate

Former Ute and NFL 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.


Student-athletes who received all A's over the 2020 Spring and Fall semesters.

Ninety-three percent of student-athletes at the University of Utah graduated within six years of enrolling according to the latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GRS) released in December 2021. It is the fifth consecutive year Utah's score has met or exceeded the 90-percent benchmark.

Utah's 93 percent rate is tied for the third-highest figure among Power Five public institutions and is tied for the seventh-highest score among all institutions at the Power Five level.

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 among its Pac-12 peers in six conference-sponsored sports: baseball, men's basketball, men's tennis, gymnastics, women's tennis and volleyball. In addition, nine Utah programs achieved a perfect (100%) GSR score: baseball, men's basketball, men's lacrosse, men's skiing, men's tennis, gymnastics, women's skiing, women's tennis and volleyball.

Success By The Numbers


Utah Athletics Graduation Success Rate


Ranking in the Pac-12 Conference, behind only Stanford


Ranking (tied) among Power 5 public institutions


Consecutive years Utah has met or exceeded 90%


Pac-12 sponsored sports in which Utah has the highest GSR


Utah teams with a 100% GSR

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

Sport Program Highlights

  • Both the gymnastics and women's tennis teams have had perfect scores all 17 years since the GSR was introduced in 2005.
  • Men's tennis has earned a 100 percent score for the 12th consecutive year.
  • Volleyball has earned a perfect score seven consecutive years.
  • Men's basketball has achieved 100 percent five years running.
  • The football program has eclipsed 90 percent over the last four years and its 90% score for 2021 is second in the Pac-12.
  • Fourteen Utah teams equaled or improved their GSR score from the previous year, while 14 programs reported scores equal to or higher than their respective NCAA Division I aggregate GSR within its sport.


Student-athletes who made the Pac-12 Conference Honor Roll of the 2020-21 academic year.

Department GPA

The last three departmental semester GPAs, which include a record-setting 3.573 in Spring 2020, 3.390 in Fall 2020, and 3.47 in Spring 2021 rank as the three highest recorded. Utah Athletics has now achieved 30 consecutive semesters with departmental GPAs of 3.00 or higher.

For the third consecutive semester and the third time overall, every sport program earned a team semester GPA over 3.00 in Spring 2021.

Spring 2021 Highlights

  • 72 student-athletes earned a perfect 4.00 GPA
  • 44% were named to the Dean's List, highest in school history
  • 83% made the Athletic Director's Honor Roll (3.00+ GPA), second-highest over the last 11 years
  • 80% of all spring semester grades fell within the A/B range.
  • Women's gymnastics has earned a team semester GPA of 3.00 or higher 52 consecutive semesters.
  • Women's cross country, men's skiing and women's volleyball have earned a team semester GPA of 3.00 or higher for 26 straight semesters.
Katie Donovan was the 2017-18 Pac-12 Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year

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.