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    Upward Bound Kalamazoo

    Prepare for higher education through instruction in literature, composition, mathematics and science on college campuses after school, on Saturdays and during the summer.

  • Students watching a WMU admissions presentation

    Michigan GEAR UP

    Discover first-hand the potential of a college education and get exposure to the information, knowledge and skills you need to complete high school and prepare yourself adequately for college entry and success.

  • Students investigating how water moves through sand on a water/sand table

    ATYP

    The Academically Talented Youth Program is an advanced and accelerated educational opportunity for academically talented middle and high school students providing a challenging, fast-paced and above-grade-level curriculum.

  • Upward Bound students posing on a trip

    Upward Bound Van Buren

    Prepare for higher education through instruction in literature, composition, mathematics and science on college campuses after school, on Saturdays and during the summer.

Creating pathways for future Broncos

The Office of Precollege Programming has centralized a few key and long-standing precollege programs comprising of the Academically Talented Youth Program—ATYP, Michigan's Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs—MI GEAR UP and Upward Bound. The office provides comprehensive and inclusive youth outreach services throughout Southwest Michigan.

The office provides leadership and direction, especially in regard to minors on campus policies and procedures, for individuals, programs and units at Western Michigan University involved in outreach with precollege students while at the same time serving as a campus wide resource and area of support.

A key objective for the office is to leverage internal and external resources to maximize the engagement and enrollment of precollege students while modeling best practices in the field of college access.

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Announcements

  • Welcome new staff!

    Welcome Ariel and Steven! Ariel is the new Program Coordinator for GEAR UP while Steven is the new administrative assistant for GEAR UP.

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