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GEAR UP at EMU

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a competitive grant program of the U.S. Department of Education that  focuses on increasing the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education.  The program serves at least one grade level of students, beginning no later than the seventh grade, and follows the cohort through their first year of college.  GEAR UP provides critical early college awareness and intervention services like tutoring, mentoring, academic preparation, financial education and college scholarships to improve access to higher education for low income, minority, disadvantaged first-generation students.

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As a part of Academic Success Partnerships, GEAR UP endeavors to lay a foundation for the students it serves by creating a body of well-prepared achievers and granting access to those who may not otherwise be college bound. GEAR UP demystifies the academic pathways to post-secondary success for at-risk students working towards admission to Eastern Michigan and other like universities.

  • Post Secondary Planning (College, Military, Workforce, Entrepreneurship)
  • Life Strategies
  • Career Mapping
  • Test Preparation
  • STEM Training
  • Effective Learning Techniques
  • Dignity, Integrity, Excellence (Self Discipline Model)
  • Social Development
  • Core Curriculum Intelligence (Reading, Writing, & Math)
  • Extreme Reality Exposure (The Real World, Need vs. Wants, Decision Making)

GEAR UP EMU offers an enrichment agenda for our professional partners and parents as well. Those initiatives include:

  • Professional Development (National Workshops, Seminars, Invitations to Symposiums, and Conferences)
  • Financial Planning Workshops and additional topics for Parent Education

GEAR UP is part of Academic Success Partnerships (within Academic and Student Affairs), 301 Pierce Hall, 734.487.8413