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 academies

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

  • Fairplain Middle School (Benton Harbor, MI)
  • Fennville Middle School (Fennville, MI)
  • Hartford Middle School (Hartford, MI)
  • Hillside Middle School (Kalamazoo, MI)
  • Linden Grove Middle School (Kalamazoo, MI)