What is GEAR UP?

GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. It is a national college access program started in 1999 and is now available in 47 states. The purpose of GEAR UP is to significantly increase the number of students who stay in school and are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) awards six-year grants to States and to Partnerships between universities and schools. Grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning in grade seven, and follow the cohort through high school.

GEAR UP is staffed by a Program Director and multiple student assistants.  GEAR UP welcomes undergraduate or community volunteers interested in making a difference.  

For more information about our program, please contact:

Perry Boyd, II
Program Director, GEAR UP
2170 University Center
(313) 593-5340

GEAR UP Services

What we do for our students:

  • Steps to prepare for college.
  • School supplies (calculators, pens, laptops).
  • Preparing for College Placement Exams.
  • SAT - ACT prep workshops.
  • College bound checklist.
  • Career counseling.
  • Soft skills development.
  • Financial aid workshops.
  • Building blocks for success.

Fun facts:

  • 69% of High School Students will enroll in an institution of higher education
  • 269% increase since 1976 of minorities enrolling in higher education


GEAR UP regularly offers parent programs, so please stay tuned for information about upcoming programs!

Parent programs in the past have included:

  • FAFSA Assistance
  • College information nights
  • Topical workshops

Partner Schools:

UM-Dearborn GEAR UP works closely with our five partner schools:

  • Chandler Park Academy
  • Cody Academy of Public Leadership
  • Cody Medicine and Community Health Academy
  • Douglass Academy for Young Men
  • Wayne Westwood Community Schools