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
The Burbidge Center is undergoing an expansion that is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2018. The $2.1 million project is adding a new 4,500-square-foot west wing. New areas include more private study and tutor booths, a new computer lab, large group study classrooms, several quiet study classrooms, and special instruction rooms.
The project includes 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 project also includes 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 will provide better access from team locker rooms, training room, fueling station, weight room, and the Jon M. Huntsman Center arena.
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.
Eight members of the 2017 Utah gymnastics team were named Scholastic All-Americans by the National Association of Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC). Utah's Tiffani Lewis and Maddy Stover became Scholastic All-Americans for the third time. Shannon McNatt and Sabrina Schwab, who both finished the year with 4.00 cumulative GPAs, were on the team for a second year, as was Erika Muhaw (3.96 GPA).
Making the NACGC academic team as freshmen were Missy Reinstadtler, MyKayla Skinner and Kim Tessen.
The gymnastics team, which won its third Pac-12 Championship in the last four years in 2017 and finished fifth at the NCAA Championships, earned the best cumulative GPA of any Ute team in 2016-17—a 3.676.
Utah gymnastics placed seven members on the 2017 Pac-12 Gymnastics All-Academic teams. First-team selections were Shannon McNatt, Sabrina Schwab and Maddy Stover. Tiffani Lewis made the second team, while Kari Lee, Baely Rowe and MaKenna Merrell were named honorable mention.
Shannon McNatt, a 4.00 student majoring in economics, was named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large first team.
Tiffani Lewis, Shannon McNatt, Erika Muhaw, Missy Reinstadtler, Macey Roberts, Baely Rowe, Sabrina Schwab, MyKayla Skinner, Maddy Stover, Kim Tessen
Kari Lee, Tiffani Lewis, Shannon McNatt, MaKenna Merrell-Giles, Erika Muhaw, Missy Reinstadtler, Macey Roberts, Baely Rowe, Sabrina Schwab, MyKayla Skinner, Maddy Stover, Kim Tessen