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What does USU STARS! GEAR UP stand for?

USU STARS! GEAR UP stands for Utah State University Science Technology Arithmetic Reading Students Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.

What is the purpose of USU STARS?

USU STARS! is a federally funded program that was designed to help students prepare for and succeed in college. Seventh grade students from 13 selected schools (Cohort 1) and 12 selected schools (Cohort 2) will be followed in this program until they complete their first year of college in 2019 (Cohort 1) and 2022 (Cohort 2). Schools and community partners have teamed up to provide services to students to help them succeed in school now and succeed in college in the future. Parents and educators are also receiving workshops and training to help them better help their students.



Parent Workshops

  • Computer Technology Training
  • High School Graduation Requirements
  • How Can My Child Reach Academic Success?
  • College Admissions
  • College Education: Cost of Attendance
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • College Campus Tours


Student Services

  • PSAT / SAT / ACT Prep
  • Summer enrichment programs
  • Saturday academies
  • College credit courses
  • Web design
  • Robotics – combining science & technology
  • Young Entrepreneurship Program
  • College Awareness Workshops
  • Career Awareness Workshops
  • High school graduation requirements
  • Academic counseling
  • Mentoring programs
  • Homework help/tutoring
  • Educational/cultural field trips
  • College tours
  • Journalism Program – newspaper/magazine
  • Creative Minds Filmmaking Program
  • Teenage Art Collective
  • College Ambassador Program

Educators' Professional Development

  • College Admissions & Financial Aid
  • The New SAT
  • Infusing SAT Math / Verbal Skills and Test Taking Strategies
  • Enriching Science Education


Participating Schools - Cohort 1

These 13 schools throughout Utah and Nevada were selected to participate in the USU STARS! GEAR UP program for Cohort 1 (see map):

Participating Schools - Cohort 2

These 12 schools throughout Utah and Nevada were selected to participate in the USU STARS! GEAR UP program for Cohort 2 (see map):

Community Partners

USU STARS! works to expand existing efforts to enhance student achievement by partnering with these agencies in the community. Visit our Community Partners Directory page to learn more about each partner's role in USU STARS!.





Texas Instruments


Utah Space Grant Consortium

Ute Education Dept Network

School of TEAL

USU Student Services

Youth Discovery Inc

Space Dynamics Lab