GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. Colorado is among the states awarded the competitive federal grants aimed at increasing the number of low-income students prepared to succeed in college. In fact, Colorado is in the middle of its third six-year grant.
Colorado GEAR UP's innovative use of strategies such as early remediation, dual enrollment and CLEP testing has made our program a national leader among precollegiate efforts. Our data-driven approach has led to partnerships with colleges including Harvard, Stanford, Vanderbilt and the universities of Colorado, Michigan, Northern Colorado and Southern California.
To be competitive globally, the U.S. must focus on the lagging college enrollment and persistence rates among the students who will soon make up a majority of our nation's high school graduates. Colorado GEAR UP, which predominantly serves low-income and Hispanic students who are the first in their families to go to college, is closing those gaps for our students. Learn more about our strategies.