About Michigan GEAR UP at WMU

The Michigan GEAR UP Program increases students’ awareness of the requirements to enter into post-secondary education by providing college exposure, information on financial literacy and admissions requirements, and helping to build the critical thinking, test taking, and study skills necessary to be successful as they continue their education.

Michigan GEAR UP will strengthen students’ academic skills and readiness for post-secondary education by offering the following services throughout the student participants educational career and progression in the program; from their 7th grade to their first year of college:
  • College visits
  • In-school workshops
  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Summer camps

Western Michigan University's MI GEAR UP serves all students in the graduating Class of 2026 at the following schools:

  • Benton Harbor High School (Benton Harbor, MI)
  • Fennville High School (Fennville, MI)
  • Hartford High School (Hartford, MI)
  • Kalamazoo Central High School (Kalamazoo, MI)