what is gear up?

We help students and families prepare for college through preparation and planning resources, readiness tools and scholarship opportunities.


Oklahoma GEAR UP is ushering in its fourth seven-year commitment of partnering with school districts to help increase the number of college-going students throughout the state. GEAR IV will serve approximately 12,000 middle school and high school students in 10 school districts across Oklahoma.

GEAR UP is designed to prepare middle and high school students for college success through direct student support services, including college campus tours, ACT test preparation and testing, college exploration and preparation courses, leadership/STEM summer academies, and one-on-one guidance from education specialists. Oklahoma GEAR UP offers college access and financial aid information to students and families through awareness activities and services, including Oklahoma’s Promise and FAFSA completion assistance. The program provides collaboration and leadership opportunities for Oklahoma GEAR UP schools and works with them to implement Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), which help teachers and faculty address student achievement, academic interventions and common assessments.


Goal 1: Increase the academic performance and preparation for post- secondary education for GEAR UP students.

Goal 2: Increase the rate of high school graduation and enrollment in postsecondary education for GEAR UP students.

Goal 3: Increase GEAR UP students’ and their families’ knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation, and financing.