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Utah Athletics graduation success rate of 94% ranks among best in nation

Utah Athletics has achieved a Graduation Success Rate of 94% in the NCAA’s annual GSR report made public today, tying for the fourth-highest rate among all power five public institutions, and tying the second-highest score in department history. This is Utah’s sixth consecutive year at 93% or higher, and the Utes in 2023 rank second among their Pac-12 peers, behind only Stanford (97%). The report is a measure of the percentage of student-athletes who earned their undergraduate degrees within six years of enrolling.

This year’s 94% figure ties with the 2019 and 2020 scores for the Utes’ second-highest, behind only the department record of 95% achieved in 2018. Utah registered a 93% rate in 2021 and 2022. Ten Utah athletics programs achieved a perfect 100% rate in 2023.

“Our student-athletes at the University of Utah continue to achieve success at the highest levels in competition and constantly raise the bar academically by earning their degrees at record rates,” said Mark Harlan, Director of Athletics. “We’re proud of our amazing students, and I also want to give credit to our coaches and staff for prioritizing academic success, and recruiting and mentoring outstanding and driven people whose accomplishments bring great pride to our university, alumni, supporters and fans. Thanks to our tremendous academic services department and campus partners for the commitment and expertise that makes such an impact toward our student-athletes achievements.”

Ten Utah Athletics programs achieved a perfect (100%) GSR score to lead or tie for the best in the conference: Baseball, women’s basketball, beach volleyball, men’s golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, women’s skiing, men’s skiing, men’s tennis and volleyball.

Other notes of significance

  • The gymnastics program has had a perfect score all 19 years since the GSR was introduced in 2005.
  • Men’s tennis has earned a 100% score for the 14th consecutive year.
  • Volleyball has earned a perfect score in nine consecutive years.
  • The football program has eclipsed 90% in each of the last six years and its 93% score for 2023 ranks second in the Pac-12 behind only Stanford.

This historic academic success comes amid a time of unprecedented success in competition by the Utes’ student-athletes. The 2022-23 school year saw a department-record 10 conference titles—regular season or tournament/championship game—by seven sports programs. The Utes tied a school record for the most teams qualifying for NCAA postseason championship competition or a bowl game for the second year in a row and recorded the highest final ranking in department history in the LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup, at 28th.