GEAR UP Guarantee

About the Program

The GEAR UP Guarantee is a guaranteed admissions program to Appalachian State University for students currently attending a GEAR UP high school that meet the following academic requirements and application deadlines for admission.

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To Qualify

Required Materials

  • A non-refundable application fee of $65 (USD) – Appalachian accepts Official Application Fee Waivers from Common App, the College Board, ACT and National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)

  • Official high school/secondary school transcript

  • College transcripts (of any completed coursework)

  • Application essay (a response to one of the seven Common App prompts)

Important Dates

Students interested in applying for the GEAR UP Guarantee program have two pathways to apply, each with different deadlines and different scholarship opportunities. The earlier set of deadlines opens up additional opportunities for Appalachian scholarships, whereas the later set of deadlines gives more time for students to apply, but limits the eligibility for certain Appalachian Scholarships. More information on how to apply for Appalachian Scholarships can be found here. The two options are listed below.

Option #1

November 1st 2022: Applications submitted by November 1st correspond with the same deadline for the following Appalachian scholarships.  More details for each scholarship and their required materials can be accessed through the following links:

November 15th 2022: All Supporting Materials Due

Option #2

December 1st 2022: Extended Application Deadline

December 15th 2022: All Supporting Materials Due

Students meeting the GEAR UP Guarantee requirements can anticipate an admission decision within two to six weeks after completing the application for admission. 

Students that do not  meet the requirements of the GEAR UP Guarantee will still be considered for admission and are encouraged to apply as early as possible as Appalachian holistically reviews each application for admission. We encourage all students to discuss their individual college goals and pathways with a school counselor or college advisor.

How to Apply

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