ACADEMIC SUCCESS

Graduation Success Rate

Former Ute and current Kansas City Chiefs 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.

Graduation rate of Utah athletes within six years from the time they enrolled as freshmen.

The NCAA’s 2015-16 Graduation Success Rate (GSR) reported that 87-percent of student-athletes at the U. graduated within six years from the time they enrolled as freshmen, the school’s highest mark ever.

Utah had the best (or tied for the best) GSR in the Pac-12 in six sports and all of them achieved a perfect score (softball, gymnastics, men's tennis, women's tennis, volleyball and golf). It marks the sixth-straight year that the gymnastics team and both tennis teams received perfect scores. Men’s basketball and men’s swimming & diving each placed second in the Pac-12 with 92-percent GSR’s.

Twelve Utah teams exceeded the overall Division I GSR for their sport: baseball, men’s basketball, football, golf, men’s swimming & diving, men’s tennis, women's basketball, cross country/track, gymnastics, softball, women's tennis and volleyball.

Taylor Brandon

2015-16 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Academic Progress Report

Athletes awarded Pac-12 All-Academic awards in 2015-16

Athletes making the Dean’s List (3.5 GPA) in 2015-16

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

Utah was once again near the top of the Pac-12 when the NCAA announced its latest multi-year Academic Progress Report (APR) in May 2016.

The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation of all student-athletes on scholarship, and provides a measure of each team's academic performance. The average for Utah’s teams was 987—up four points from last season-s average—while establishing a new department record for the third consecutive year and easily exceeding the NCAA minimum requirement of 930. Fourteen Utah teams improved their multi-year scores from a year ago.

Three teams (men’s basketball, golf and cross country) placed first in the Pac-12 with perfect multi-year APR scores of 1000, while a fourth (football) tied Stanford for first in the Pac-12 with a multi-year APR of 983. All four of these teams were publicly recognized by the NCAA last week for posting a multi-year APR in the top 10 percent of all athletic teams in the country.

Three teams earned a perfect single-year APR for the third year in a row (men's basketball, volleyball and golf). Two other teams (gymnastics and cross country) received a 1000 single-year APR in 2014-15 for the second straight year. Others earning a perfect 1000 single-year APR this year were men's skiing and women's skiing, men's tennis and women's swimming.