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About WV GEAR UP: 

Mountaineer statue overlooks the natural scenery in West Virginia


GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federally-funded program designed to prepare students in West Virginia to pursue and be successful in their higher education goals.


This fall we are welcoming our first class of WV GEAR UP students to WVU! With offices based on the third floor of the Student Services Building, our goal is to ensure a smooth transition from students’ high school to college experience. Some of the academic support services available to all WV GEAR UP – WVU students will include success coaching, tutoring, and workshops, as well as social events to help student acclimate to their new home and give them a chance to connect and build community with other new Mountaineers from all parts of their home state.  There will also be opportunities for parent/guardian engagement each semester.

Summer Transition

Early Move-In

West Virginia GEAR UP is excited to offer an early move-in date for our students. The schedule is specifically designed to help you transition to college by allowing you to meet other incoming freshmen, learn about WVU and find your fit before classes begin. Early move-in will take place on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. The cost for four nights/three days is under $150*, which includes a meal plan.

Special activities will include an Adventure WV outing, Graffiti Party Community Development and group advising/planning sessions with members of the West Virginia GEAR UP and Office of Student Success teams.

Please complete the survey to secure your spot!

*Price may vary based on housing choice.

Participating Counties:

If a student attended one of the following high schools, he or she is eligible to participate in all WV GEAR UP – WVU events!             

Transition and First Year Program

2020 High School Graduates

  • Boone County 
    • Scott High School 
    • Sherman High School 
    • Van Jr./Sr. High School 
  • Fayette County 
    • Meadow Bridge High School 
    • Midland Trail High School 
    • Oak Hill High School 
    • Valley High School 
  • Mason County 
    • Hannan Junior/Senior High School 
    • Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School 
    • Wahama Junior/Senior High School 
  • Mercer County 
    • Bluefield High School 
    • Montcalm High School
    • PikeView High School 
    • Princeton Senior High School 
  • Mingo County 
    • Mingo Central Comprehensive High School 
    • Tug Valley High School 
  • Nicholas County 
    • Nicholas County High School 
    • Richwood High School 
  • Summers County 
    • Summers County High School 
  • Wirt County 
    • Wirt County High School 
  • Webster County 
    • Webster County High School 
  • Wyoming County 
    • Westside High School 
    • Wyoming East High School 

Program Coordinator:

For questions about WV GEAR UP – WVU, contact Sarah Powell at or (304) 293-5804.