Ute Academy

Student-athlete personal development program aims to build champions for life.

Utah Athletics recently launched the Ute Academy, a personal development program for student-athletes focusing on personal development, leadership development, professional training and community service. The goal of the program is to foster the personal growth of student-athletes as they transition to college life, earn their degrees and eventually become contributing members of society.

Ute Academy Brochure

Personal Development

Wellness Ambassadors

Focuses on overall wellness and mental health.

UTAH Group

United Together Against Hate focuses on social justice issues and change.

Our staff, coaches and students have worked together to make this a priority, and they have been very thoughtful in developing a comprehensive program.

Mark Harlan, Director of Athletics

Leadership Development

Freshman Summer

Transition course designed to expose student-athletes to the various levels of support and resources on campus, including library assistance, study skills, media training, nutrition and mental health.

Athletics Living Learning Community

First year housing community that focuses on leadership through diverse programming and a credit course.

Crimson Council

A student-athlete advisor committee that focuses on campus and community engagement and community service.

Cultural Conversation Series

Monthly workshops for freshmen focusing on developing leaders and discussing topics relevant in society today, including racial injustice, LGBTQ rights, and women's rights.

The partnership between Athletics and the Career Center has allowed for the creation of specialized career development programming. The Ute Academy is an opportunity for student-athletes to apply their skills and strengths in a broader context.

Mary Arola, U Career & Professional Development Center

Professional Development

Network Night

The annual event connects student-athletes with local and national employers across all industries. This event is a great opportunity for current student-athletes to connect and network with employers and alumni across the community.


An online platform through InXAthlete providing career and mentor opportunities for current and former student-athletes.

Ute Café

Provides student-athletes the opportunity to "order" team or individual workshops across all topics, from resume prep to budgeting, within the area of professional development.

Employer Site Visits

Provides student-athletes the opportunity to visit local businesses and learn about various industries.

Job Shadowing

Provides student-athletes the opportunity to shadow professionals to gain experience and expand their network.

Our goal for the football team is to focus on personal welfare, community impact and career development. The Ute Academy provides the tools and resources for students to excel in those areas, and we are very excited for this program.

Gianna Colosimo, Director of Football Player Development

Community Service

Utah Athletics partnered with Backman Elementary for the 2019-20 academic year to provide opportunities for student-athletes to engage, teach and be role models for local elementary school students.

The annual Trunk-or-Treat is an opportunity for our student-athletes to engage with the community, as they dress up and hand out candy to local children prior to a women's soccer game. The Holiday Dinner for student-athletes doubles as a canned food drive. Utah has also participated in the Pac-12's Zero Waste Game during football season.

The Ute Academy is another example of Utah Athletics' commitment to student-athlete wellness and success. As a coach, this program and the resources it provides will help us invest in our student-athletes beyond our sport.

Malia Shoji, Volleyball Associate Head Coach

Academic Success

Utah Athletics has recorded the highest Graduation Success Rate of any Power Five public institution.

Graduation Rates

Former Ute and current Washington Redskins 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.

Utah's student-athletes who graduated within six years of enrolling, the second highest figure among Power 5 public institutions.

Ninety-four percent of student-athletes at the University of Utah graduated within six years of enrolling according to the latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate released in November of 2020. The 94 percent graduation rate is the second highest in school history, and it is the fourth consecutive year that Utah's score has been over 90 percent.

Utah's 94 percent rate is tied for the second highest figure among Power 5 public institutions and tied for the fifth-highest score among all institutions at the Power 5 level. Duke, Notre Dame and Northwestern are the only private institutions to rank ahead of Utah.

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 in among its Pac-12 peers in nine conference-sponsored sports: baseball, men's basketball, football, men's tennis, gymnastics, soccer, women's swimming & diving, women's tennis and volleyball. In addition, 10 Utah programs achieved a perfect (100%) GSR score: baseball, men's basketball, men's ski, men's tennis, gymnastics, women's ski, soccer, women's swimming & diving, women's tennis, volleyball.

Department GPA

Utah student-athletes set another departmental record GPA of 3.39 during the 2019-2020 academic year. Thirty-five percent made the Dean's List in the fall and/or spring semesters while 77 percent earned Athletic Director's Honor Roll accolades, another departmental record. Fifteen percent of Utah's student-athletes achieved 4.00 GPA's for the fall and/or spring semesters.

Utes named to the Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll in 2019-20.

Katie Donovan

2017-18 Pac-12 Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Academic Progress Report

APR By The Numbers

Teams with perfect multi-year scores

Teams ranking in the top 10% nationally

Teams matching or surpassing their previous best multi-year scores

Teams with perfect single-year scores of 1000

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

The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation of all student-athletes on scholarship. It also provides a measure of each team's academic performance.

Utah's athletic programs performed among the best in the nation in the both the single- and multi-year NCAA Academic Progress Report (APR) released in the spring of 2020. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation of all student-athletes on scholarship, and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.

Football, gymnastics, volleyball and men's tennis received public recognition from the NCAA for posting a multi-year APR in the top 10 percent nationally of all athletic teams in their particular sport. The later three programs earned perfect multi-year marks.

Utah had 11 sports with perfect single-year APR scores of 1000: men's and women's skiing, men's tennis, women's basketball, cross country, gymnastics, softball, soccer, women's swim, track & field and volleyball. Seven programs matched or surpassed their previous bests for a multi-year score: lacrosse, men's tennis, gymnastics, women's skiing, soccer, track & field and volleyball.

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