Appalachian GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) aims to improve college-going mindsets, high school graduation rates, and postsecondary enrollment rates through a wide range of research-grounded services to students, families, and teachers. GEAR UP 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.


Every student ready!


The Appalachian GEAR UP Partnership grant exists to prepare students for college by applying strategies grounded in research. Our model focuses on 3 priorities that serve as the foundation of everything we do:

  • College Ready Academics
  • College Ready Support
  • College Ready Skills.

Each of these 3 priorities has corresponding measurable performance indicators used to assess progress toward our goals.



College Ready Academics

College Ready Skills

College Ready Support