Welcome to GEAR UP

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federally funded college access program designed to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education immediately after high school. We work in partnership with 11 school districts to provide college preparation activities to 15,000 middle and high school students and parents.

Students

Students

Preparing students to attend and excel in postsecondary education is our top priority! We have a variety of programs and resources to support  your dreams. Check them out!

Parents & Families

Parents & Families

Families are a key driver in their childs postsecondary success. We have developed resources to help you navigate the complex college process. Lets get started!

Staff

Staff

The GEAR UP staff across Western NC provides incredible insight and support to students and families. Check out our team, and reach out to see how you can get involved!