Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs(GEAR UP): A program of the U.S. Department of Education designed to increase the academic readiness of under-represented populations in postsecondary studies.

Students Training for Academic Readiness(STAR): A program of the Texas Education Agency under the federal GEAR UP program.

  • College Board
    College Board is the organization responsible for producing such widely known assessments as the SAT, PSAT, and AP. They have also compiled one of the most extensive Web sites dealing with college and career preparation on the internet.
  • College is Possible
    This is an excellent site for checking out the important things students should know and do in order to make college a success. Sponsored by the American Council on Education.
  • Cook Counseling Center, Virginia Tech
    This site provides a nice study skills inventory which students can take to identify their strengths and weaknesses. There are other helpful guides available.
  • Educational and Career Planning
    This is a section of the ACT-sponsored Web site that provides connections between occupations and programs of study in colleges and universities. It also includes testimonials from students who have attended various colleges.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid
    Federal College Financial Aid Web Site
  • GEAR UP Data
    Here you will find data, national and local research and evaluation reports, and information about NCCEP's National Evaluation Project all focused on the federal Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP).
    This site is one of many sites which are designed to help students develop effective study skills.
  • Mapping Your Future
    Although this Web site is primarily a source for information on financial aid, it also includes excellent information and tools to help students make important career decisions and plan ways to reach career goals.
  • My
    A military sponsored site, provides information for financial, educational, and career planning. It also includes good information on careers in the military.
  • National Council for Community and Educational Partnerships
    The mission of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) is to develop and strengthen broadbased partnerships throughout the education continuum, from early childhood through postsecondary education.
  • O Net
    A collection of assessments, data, guides, and good information related to career planning. It caters more to adults than to students, but it can still be very helpful to students who are serious about getting accurate and up-to-date career information.
  • Student Aid on the Web
    Your source for free information from the U.S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.
  • The ACT
    The ACT is the college admissions exam. This site provides assistance for students who are planning on taking the assessment (great site for parents also).
  • Wired
    Complete package of guides for the student who is college bound after high school

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
                  --Nelson Mandela