Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is designed to help low-income students succeed in secondary school so that they graduate and go onto an institution of higher education.

The Marquette University/MPS GEAR UP program is a multiyear partnership between Marquette’s Educational Opportunity Program and Milwaukee Public Schools. The project supports students from the high school classes of 2017 and 2018 from Audubon, Bay View, Bradley Tech, Hamilton, James Madison Academic Campus, Milwaukee High School of the Arts, Milwaukee Marshall and Vincent High Schools. In collaboration with other departments, schools and colleges on campus, Marquette has provided college admission process, college major and career workshops; math and college essays; summer academic and ACT prep camps; Saturday academic and career camps; Financial Aid Workshops and campus tours. All Services are designed to prepare students for the next grade level, expose them to the possibility of college, how to pay for college, choosing a college major and learning about career options.


Students in 11th or 12th grade attending one of the eight MPS GEAR UP high schools.

How to Register

Please see your GEAR UP adviser at your school.

Policies and Fees

Students are eligible if they attend one of the GEAR UP schools and are in 11th or 12th grade.

There are no fees.