The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), is a U.S. Department of Education discretionary grant program designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter into and succeed in college. UM-Flint’s GEAR UP Program provides college success services for GEAR UP college freshmen and early intervention services for 7th – 12th grade students.

Eligibility & Expectations

To be eligible for the GEAR UP program at UM-Flint, students must identify as ONE of the following:

  • GEAR UP college freshman enrolled at UM-Flint
  • Genesee County student in grades 7th – 12th

Through its comprehensive program model consisting of academic enrichment workshops, leadership development opportunities, conferences, and college visits, the UM-Flint GEAR UP Program equips students with the support, skills, and exposure necessary to succeed in college and beyond. GEAR UP programming provides information necessary to make informed decisions about how to achieve their identified long-term goals (personal and professional), and the value of a post-secondary education in accomplishing such goals.

  • Increase the number of students in good academic standing at UM-Flint
  • Increase student retention and graduation at the high school and collegiate level
  • Increase students’ knowledge about post-secondary education

Program Components

Participants attend a wide range of workshops that are designed to further develop their skills for academic preparedness, community involvement, and leadership. Workshops include, but are not limited to:

  • Personal Development and Awareness
  • Academic Preparedness and Development
  • Career and College Exposure