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Get Ready helps prepare students and families from underrepresented populations with college planning, academic assistance, & information on career and higher education options.

About Get Ready


Get Ready/GEAR UP Minnesota is an early intervention college awareness program administered by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education where our vision is college and career success for all Minnesotans. Our mission is to get underrepresented students to college and through their postsecondary pursuits. We achieve this by providing college and career programming, engaging in community outreach, and creating systemic change in education. The core values that we recognize in our program are equity and inclusion, innovation, empowerment, collaboration and integrity.


The Get Ready Program began in late 1995 in response to conclusions of a study conducted by the Wilder Research Foundation in 1994. The findings of the study emphasized the importance of disseminating accurate information to students and equipping them with the necessary tools to interpret it. The study concluded that students and parents be provided information at an early age (elementary school years) in order to broaden their options in thinking about post-high school education and careers; opportunities be provided to explore first hand and experience various education and career areas; and publications be available in non-English languages.


The Get Ready program is primarily funded through a federal GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) grant. The Minnesota Office of Higher Education is the state grantee for GEAR UP. The agency originally secured a GEAR UP competitive five-year grant in 1999 to establish the Get Ready program in Minnesota. The program is currently in its third grant cycle that ends in August 2017. Get Ready recently submitted a grant application to continue our work but with a strengthened focus on systems-level change.