College. It's not a dream, it's a plan.

What is Oregon GEAR UP?

Oregon GEAR UP is a program that helps schools and students figure out what they want to do and how they will get there. You can read more about us here.

Why is college* important?

By 2020, 70% of jobs in Oregon will require some type of education or training after high school. This includes apprenticeships, certificates, 2-year Associates degrees, 4-year Bachelor’s degrees, and advanced or professional degrees.

The benefits of a college degree are more than just economic. College allows you to experience new people and places, study the subjects that interest you, and get involved in clubs and volunteer activities to help you discover your passion.

*When we say college, we mean any type of education or training after high school including 4-year degrees, 2-year degrees, certificates, apprenticeships and more.

What should I be doing to get ready for college?

It’s never too early to start preparing for college. Check out the resources below for good starting points for both students and parents.