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

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 11 selected middle schools will be followed in this program until they complete their first year of college in 2019. 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.

Participating Schools

These 17 schools throughout Utah and Nevada were selected to participate in the USU STARS! GEAR UP program:

Community Partners

USU STARS! GEAR UP partners with these businesses and organizations to create greater opportunities for GEAR UP students to succeed in school and prepare for college:

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
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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
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Educators' Professional Development

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