GEAR UP First Year Services

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                                     GAIN ~ RETAIN ~ ATTAIN

WELCOME To University of Montana GEAR UP  First Year Services

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is essential not only in high school but during the collegiate experience.  Our goal is to help students

  • gain admission to the University of Montana
  • retain and stay by utilizing resources
  • attain by earning their certificate/degree. 
We provide free services, resources, and assistance to students and their parents to help them to successfully bridge the transition from high school to college.  

The U.S. Department of Education funds GEAR UP to provide middle and high school students college access & readiness programs.  Montana GEAR UP believes that postsecondary education is possible for all Montana students, regardless of economic background. Montana GEAR UP supports schools, students, and their families to increase students’ college and career readiness through academic preparedness, postsecondary planning, and financial aid knowledge so that they may succeed in their education beyond high school. 

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Let's CHAT!

I will be available for questions via Zoom on these dates, times, and links.  Please log on at those times if you have questions or would just like to meet me!

August 3: Session #1 10am-11am; Session #2 1pm-2pm

August 9: Session #1 10am-11am

August 17: Session #1 3pm-4pm

August 24: Session #1 1pm-2pm

Coming UP

Don't forget to follow us on Facebook (GEAR UP University of Montana), Instagram (GEARUPUMT), and TikTok@zmentor, created exclusively for UM GEAR UP. Videos, photos, and other info will be posted about our upcoming and completed events. 

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  • Zoom Chat Sessions: 

    August 3: Session #1 10am-11am; Session #2 1pm-2pm

    August 9: Session #1 10am-11am

    August 17: Session #1 3pm-4pm

    August 24: Session #1 1pm-2pm

  • 8/22-8/26 New Student Orientation (See Orientation page for schedule details)
  • 8/22 Come to the Office for Student Success booth at the BEAR FAIR from 4p-6p during Orientation and introduce yourself and get your Student Success kit.  Can't wait to meet you!!
  • 8/23 & 8/24 UM GEAR UP teams up with TRiO for a great BIG SKY EXPERIENCE during Orientation. (See Orientation Page for Details)
  • 8/23 AISS Moving Camp: 12-2pm Moving Camp and a Luncheon at the Payne Family Native American Center for New Freshmen and their families. 


Fall Semester 2022
Date Description
Monday, August 22 - Friday, August 26 New  Student Orientation
Monday, August 29 Autumn Semester Classes Begin
Monday, September 5 Labor Day – No Classes, Offices Closed
Tuesday, November 8 Election Day – No Classes, Offices Closed
Friday, November 11 Veterans Day – No Classes, Offices Closed
Wednesday, November 23 Non-instructional travel day for students
Thursday and Friday, November 24-25 Thanksgiving holiday (UM closed)
Friday, December 9 Last Day of Regular Classes
Monday, December 12 - Friday, December 16 Final Exams
Saturday December 17 Fall Commencement