What is Colorado GEAR UP?
We're a federally-funded grant program placing full-time advisors in more than two dozen schools across the state. We start with middle-school students, teaching them college basics and taking them for campus visits. By high school, our students are taking college courses and building confidence in the future.
Most of our students are the first in their families to go to college - we strive to ensure they're prepared to turn their dreams into reality.
- Colorado GEAR UP students graduate high school having earned an average of 17 college credits.
- 87 percent of Colorado GEAR UP students graduated from high school compared to a statewide graduation rate of 72 percent.
- 84 percent enrolled in college the fall after high school graduation compared to a statewide enrollment rate of 67 percent.
- 81 percent persisted through their first year of college compared to a statewide average retention rate of 70 percent.
Learn more about our results and our innovative approach to college preparation.