About SAAS

Since its inception in 1979, Student-Athlete Academic Services has evolved from a two person, academic support office to a broad-based, nationally prominent student support services operation. Its purpose is to offer academic and personal support services to student-athletes to assist them to make timely and satisfactory progress toward their degrees. Awarded a prestigious "Program of Excellence", the entire staff of experienced and dedicated professionals—athletic coordinators, retention staff and tutors, life skills educators and administrative staff—are committed to assisting students to become responsible, productive and well educated individuals.

As our motto, "Today's Hawkeyes are Tomorrow's Leaders" suggests, we have set ourselves the task of helping to mold our student athletes into future leaders.

To learn more about us check out our 2016 Student-Athlete Academic Services Executive Summary




Ann & Russell Gerdin Athletic Learning Center

With over 28,000 square feet of space for the use of student-athletes, the Gerdin Athletic Learning Center (GALC) is a structured environment designed to provide student athletes with many resources to assist in reaching their academic goals. New and selected returning student athletes are required to attend Learning Center for an assigned number of hours per week. Each sport team designates its own attendance criteria. The Learning Center has lots of space for quiet study. There are plenty of computer terminals where students can work on assignments and there are also rooms available for individual and group tutoring.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
  • Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm

GALC Refueling Stations

In the Gerdin Athletic Learning Center healthy snacks are available to "grab and go" throughout the day for UIowa Student-Athletes.

Please Remember:

  • The Refueling Stations are monitored by the staff
  • Be mindful of the amount you take from the Refueling Stations
  • No food or drink in the computer lab
  • No outside meals or training table allowed, but small snacks are permissible
  • Clean up after yourselves