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Make the most of your visit

Campus tours and presentations from college staff are familiar activities for most GEAR UP students. With campus visits unlikely in the coming months, here are some ways for students and families to make the most of virtual campus tours and video chats to help them learn about colleges and universities.

Student taking a survey.

Please help us with this important information

Student and Parent/Guardians surveys for the 2020-2021 school year are now available online or to download. Filling out these surveys help us see how our program is helping our students and where we need to improve. It is also used in grant reports and to secure future funding.

FAFSA paperwork.

FAFSA Workshops Make a Difference

For college-bound students, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the most important step to qualifying for a variety of federal and state financial aid support. We have compiled a list of online resources to make hosting a workshop easier.


About Us

The Utah State University STARS! GEAR UP program is part of the School of Teacher Education and Leadership in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federally-funded program designed to help students prepare for and succeed in college. USU created the Science, Technology, Arithmetic, Reading Students (STARS!) partnership program to provide academic support, mentoring, and guidance to help a cohort of students, starting in 7th grade, reach a post-secondary education program that meets their needs.

Learn more about USU STARS! GEAR UP