2024 Auburn University GEAR UP Summer Academy Dates:

Monday, July 8 - Saturday, July 13, 2024

2024 Counselor Application Form


Auburn University 2024 Program Information:

The Auburn University GEAR UP camp will be a six-day residential summer program for rising 9th and 10th graders from Montgomery Public Schools. The program intends to enhance college readiness among students in an effort to increase their exposure to higher education coursework and environments. Students will participate in mini-courses in core subject areas (mathematics, science, and English) as well as attend sessions on campus resources.

PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION: Click HERE to submit a registration form through the Alabama State University Gear Up page. You will be able to select Auburn University as your camp in Step 4 of the registration form.


Program Description:

Through a partnership with Alabama State University (ASU), beginning in 2022 Auburn University will host an annual GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) summer program. The program is designed to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. By 2027, ASU GEAR UP will provide academic preparation services to over 26,000 students within the Montgomery Public School (MPS) System. The project begun with a 6th and 7th-grade cohort (4,495 students) at all 10 MPS middle schools and provides services to the cohort in all 9 MPS high schools. The program will work with over 12 community partners, including Auburn University, Tuskegee University, Boys and Girls Club of the River Region, the YMCA of Greater Montgomery, and 5 ASU colleges to provide MPS students with services to promote college exploration. ASU-GU plans to prioritize fostering flexible and affordable paths to obtaining knowledge and skills, building capacity for remote learning, and addressing the impact of COVID-19 on students’ mental health, and academic outcomes within MPS.

Project Goals:

  •  Increase ASU GEAR UP students’ academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education;

  •  Increase ASU GEAR UP students’ high school graduation rate and participation in postsecondary education;

  •  Increase educational expectations of ASU GEAR UP students and increase student and family knowledge of postsecondary options


Eligible Montgomery Public Schools:

  • Baldwin Arts & Academics

  • Bellingrath Middle 

  • Brewbaker Middle

  • Capitol Heights Middle

  • Carr Middle

  • Dunbar-Ramer

  • Floyd Middle

  • Goodwyn Middle

  • McKee Middle

  • Southlawn Middle