STUDENT-ATHLETE
PROGRAMS

Support Services

Utah Athletics is committed to providing top-level academic support services to its student-athletes.

  • Student-athletes receive priority registration.
  • iPads are provided to all scholarship student athletes. Apps for word processing (Pages, spreadsheets (Numbers), presentations (Keynote), note taking and recording of lectures (Notability), and electronic textbooks (Kno) are also provided.
  • Academic mentors are provided to all entering freshmen and to anyone who requests one.
  • Tutors are available for all classes offered at the University and are offered on an individual, group, or drop-in basis. Tutors may travel with the team and tests may be proctored while on the road.
  • Laptop computers may be checked out for use during team travel.
  • A summer "Bridge" program for entering freshmen.
  • Summer school and fifth-year scholarships are provided.
The Ute gymnasts were excited to receive their iPads, which are provided to every scholarship student-athlete.
Ute student-athletes work with kids at Salt Lake City area elementary schools through the NCAA Life Skills program.

NCAA Life Skills Program

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.

SAMS

Representatives from each team serve their fellow student-athletes as peer helpers. They are well-trained and knowledgeable of the many support programs and services offered by the athletics department. Utah’s SAMS program has been tremendously successful and is a two-time recipient of a coveted NCAA Choices grant.

SAAC

Utah also has a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which is comprised of representatives from all 18 of Utah’s varsity teams.

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.

According to the NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for 2013-14, 81 percent of Utah’s varsity athletes will graduate within six years from the time they enrolled as freshmen.

Utah’s GSR ranked first or tied for first in the Pac-12 Conference in four sports. Women’s gymnastics, men’s tennis and women’s tennis all received 100-percent scores over the six-year period starting in 2007, while men’s basketball led the conference at 88 percent. It is the fourth straight year of perfect scores for the gymnastics and tennis teams. Women’s soccer also placed in the top three in the Pac-12 with 93 percent. Seven sports improved their overall GSR from a year ago, including softball by 12 percent and men’s basketball by five percent.

Additionally, 10 Utah teams met or exceeded the overall Division I GSR for their sport: men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s gymnastics, baseball, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.

Academic Performance Report (APR)

Utah Student-Athlete Performance 2015 Spring Semester

Academic advisors work with Utah student-athletes on a daily basis.

Utah was once again near the top of the Pac-12 when the NCAA announced its latest multi-year Academic Performance Report (APR) in May 2015.

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 983, establishing a new department record and easily exceeding the NCAA minimum requirement of 930.

Gymnastics placed first in the Pac-12 with a perfect multi-year APR of 1000. Earning a perfect 1000 APR for the second year in a row in 2013-14 were the men’s basketball, volleyball, men’s golf and women’s tennis teams. Others teams that received a 1000 APR in 2013-14 were women’s cross country, women’s indoor track and women’s outdoor track.