The Kenneth P. Burbidge Jr. Family Athletics Academic Center, which opened in May of 2001, 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.
"Our athletics department has always been committed to providing top-level academic support services to our teams. When a gymnast comes to the University of Utah, we can guarantee her not only the best in training facilities, competition, fan support and media exposure, but also the best possible academic experience."
- Co-Head Coach Megan Marsden
Athletics department placement personnel help student-athletes find job shadowing experiences, internships, summer and post graduate employment.
Utah student-athletes receive award-winning support. Student-athletes are encouraged to develop their leadership skills in the Utes CHAMPS/Life Skills Program that includes:
The Utes placed second among all women’s gymnastics programs in team grade point average in 2015-16 with a cumulative GPA of 3.7715. It is Utah’s second-straight runner-up finish in the national gymnastics scholastic standings. Utah has finished in the top five for the past five years, including a first-place finish in 2014.
Utah had the best GPA of any team that qualified into the 2016 NCAA Championships and the best by a Pac-12 team. Utah (No. 2) and Alabama (No. 9) were the only two NCAA qualifiers in the NACGC scholastic top 12.
Utah was the only team that had 100-percent of its members awarded Scholastic All-American honors by the National Association of College Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W).
Honorees and GPAs: Breanna Hughes (4.00), Sabrina Schwab (4.00), Shannon McNatt (4.00), Kailah Delaney (3.87), Maddy Stover (3.86), Erika Muhaw (3.78), Kassandra Lopez (3.73), Baely Rowe (3.73), Samantha Partyka (3.72), Kari Lee (3.68), Tiffani Lewis (3.65) and MaKenna Merrell (3.59).
CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American:
Breanna Hughes (first team)
Kailah Delaney (second team)
Tom Hansen Conference Medal:
Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
The Utah gymnastics team placed a league-leading eight members on the 2016 Pac-12 All-Academic first and second teams, representing a third (eight of 24) of the total awardees. It was the fifth-straight year the Utes have led the conference in All-Academic selections and a total of 37 Utah gymnasts have earned conference academic honors since Utah joined the Pac-12 Conference in 2012.
Utah’s 2016 first-team Pac-12 All-Academic selections were: Kailah Delaney, Breanna Hughes, Kari Lee, Kassandra Lopez and Maddy Stover. Named to the second team were Tiffani Lewis, Samantha Partyka and Baely Rowe.
Dean's List (minimum 3.5 GPA with 12 graded hours):
Georgia Dabritz, Breanna Hughes, Kari Lee, Tiffani Lewis, Kassandra Lopez, Shannon McNatt, Samantha Partyka, Baely Rowe, Sabrina Schwab, Maddy Stover, Becky Tutka.
Athletic Director's Honor Roll (minimum 3.0 GPA):
Georgia Dabritz, Kailah Delaney, Breanna Hughes, Kari Lee, Tiffani Lewis, Kassandra Lopez, Shannon McNatt, Makenna Merrell, Erika Muhaw, Samantha Partyka, Baely Rowe, Sabrina Schwab, Maddy Stover, Becky Tutka.