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 year welcomed our newest class of WV GEAR UP students to Bluefield State! The WV Gear Up Office is located in 316 Conley Hall and works to ensure a smooth transition from a student’s high school experience to college life.

Some of the academic support services available to all WV GEAR UP students include workshops, success coaching, tutoring, and events designed to help students acclimate to Bluefield State. Staff also plan opportunities for parent/guardian engagement throughout the academic year.