- 1 Impact report
What is GEAR UP?
In the fall of 2014, the University of Alabama at Birmingham was awarded a Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of GEAR UP Alabama was to increases the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.
Supportive services provided by GUA staff and project partners.
Increase students’ knowledge of college/higher education options, preparation, and financing.
Increased percentage of students who enroll in and succeed in college.
|Total in HS Class||4,232||3,570|
|Total Enrolled College||1,892||1,653|
|Total in Public||1,686||1,497|
|Total in Private||206||156|
|Total in 4-Year||1,052||1,016|
|Total in 2-Year||840||637|
First-year college enrollment for GUA cohort students remained steady (45% in 2020, and 46% in 2021), whereas freshman enrollment nationally declined about 6.5% each year since 2019. (Note: Per the original grant proposal, the target number of schools served by GUA was reduced by 25% for FY 2021 and thus the number of students served decreased).
GUA Students Enrolled in Dual Enrollment at UAB