GEAR UP Central

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Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for

Undergraduate Programs

GEAR UP is an acronym for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. It is a federally-funded grant designed to increase the number of cohort students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.


In partnership with public schools, higher education, communities, financial institutions and business organizations the University of Central Oklahoma’s GEAR UP Central grant will work together to provide students and their families with a range of support services needed to prepare for college.


GEAR UP Central has partnered with 4 area school districts to provide opportunities for the class of 2020. GEAR UP will provide support for these students as they progress through middle school, high school and into their first year of college.


All GEAR UP activities and service are at no cost to the student, parent, teacher, or school administration! In order to become enrolled, eligible students must complete a GEAR UP enrollment form and return to their school. It’s that simple.

Currently Serving: Del City , Midwest City, Millwood, and Western Heights High Schools