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Appalachian State University (GEAR UP)

  • Appalachian State University (GEAR UP)
  • 730 Rivers Street
    Room 324 Edwin Duncan Hall
  • Boone, NC 28607
  • 828-262-8016

Program Description

Appalachian GEAR UP strives to promote and improve access to higher education in 11 partnering districts around Western North Carolina and leverages strategic partnerships to increase postsecondary enrollment. Appalachian GEAR UP provides college-going programming to students and families, academic support in schools, professional development for teachers and administrators, and more in order to improve college access in rural Western North Carolina.

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) 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. We work in partnership with 11 school districts to provide college preparation activities to 15,000 middle and high school students and parents.

Services Provided

  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College transition and retention support
  • Mentoring
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 5000
  • Middle School: 5000
  • Elementary School: 5000
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0


  • Less than 25%