Pre-college Programs

COVID-19 Update: GEAR UP will continue providing services to all participants and families via phone, Remind messaging, email and/or video conferencing.


GEAR UP provides early college awareness and support activities to improve access to higher education for students and their families. GEAR UP serves an entire cohort of students with the graduating class of 2021, 2026 and 2027. Students do not have to fill out an application or meet criteria. Students from CSUMB GEAR UP schools are enrolled into the program from the start of the semester.

GEAR UP Schools:

Santa Cruz County Schools

  • Branciforte Middle School
  • Shoreline Middle School
  • Harbor High School

Monterey County Schools

  • Seaside Middle School
  • Seaside High School
  • Walter Colton Middle School
  • Monterey High School

About Us

Learn about the GEAR UP team and the school sites they service



Resources for students to be competitive in college



Resources for Parents to support their students in the college planning process

GEAR UP has moved Parent and Families resources online. Please use the navigation bar above to see our planning tool mapped out by grade level to help keep your student on track to enter college

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a competitive grant program under the U.S. Department of Education that aims to increases the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education

GEAR UP Services:

  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Financial Education
  • Academic Preparation