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By Brent Lloyd, GEAR UP Graduate Assistant

It's that time of year once again! Registration for both summer and fall semesters is open and all of our current GEAR UP students should be registered for new classes utilizing priority registration that is available to all GEAR UP students! Summer courses are an excellent option for students to catch up classwork as they adjust to college life and expectations and can be a useful tool for getting ahead on coursework, whether it's for a student's major or for fulfilling the CORE requirements in every student's curriculum. If students are ever curious about the courses they have ahead of them in their chosen major or the areas of their CORE requirement they still have to complete, using the DegreeWorks tool in my info will allow students to see a clear picture of the path ahead, and we encourage all of our students to use the tool regularly to check their progress!

  • "Stepping out of your comfort zone can be one of the best things you can accomplish in college" -Phillip. P MSU Freshman

  • "Have study/homework parties with your friends or classmates. Bring snacks, drinks, and music." -Hunter. K Fourth Year student
  • "Spring has sprung, let's get this done" -Mark B second Year student

Fall 2023 Smart Start Registration is Open!

Registration for the Fall 2023 Smart Start Welcome Program for 2023 freshmen is now open! The program includes personalized presentations and guidance for GEAR UP and TRIO SSS students to help ease the transition to college and help students feel at home at MSU! To register for Smart Start, visit

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Community Rec Night

Our final Community Rec Night will take place on April 18th. These Rec Nights have been an awesome way for students to get out and get to know each other, and also earn ChampChange points! Students that attend these events get entered into a ChampChange drawing and have the opportunity to win some awesome prizes! Our final grand prize will be awarded during out Moving On and Moving Up event on May 2nd.

Community Rec Night

Meet a GEAR UP Student

Caroline Spotted Eagle

Caroline is a freshman from Browning, Montana currently studying pre-medicine at MSU with a goal of becoming a dental hygienist. Caroline was inspired to attend college by her father John, who always reminded her to put education first and sacrificed so Caroline and her siblings could thrive and shine. Caroline has also been inspired by her sister Nevaeh, who is preparing to graduate with a nursing degree and is a role model for her. Prior to attending MSU, Caroline participated in GEAR UP since she was a sophomore in high school, and was a member of the varsity cheer squad. At MSU, Caroline is involved with the American Indian Center, loves to craft and crochet, and enjoys taking mindful walks around campus and Bozeman!

Caroline Spotted Eagle

Caroine Spotted Eagle, Browning, MT

Moving Off Campus Clinic

Moving Off-Campus Clinic

Tuesday, April 4th, 12:00-1:00 pm

Join the Office of Financial Education and Off Campus Student Life to learn skills and information for moving off-campus, including budgeting skills, credit requirement information, housing resources, house-hunting tips, roommate considerations and unexpected costs of living off-campus! RSVP for the event on CatsConnect!

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Paying for School Clinics

Tuesday, April 18th, 12-1 pm & Wednesday April 26th, 4-5 pm

The Office of Financial Education is putting on clinics for incoming freshmen and families to help students learn how to budget for each semester, complete financial aid documents, manage refunds, discuss financial challenges, find scholarship opportunities and confirm student bills. If you are interested in attending, RSVP on CatsConnect!

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Last Day to Withdraw from Courses

Wednesday, April 19th

If withdrawal from a course becomes necessary to avoid failing the course, the final day to drop with a W is Wednesday, April 19th. Students should contact their advisors for help with the withdrawal process. For more information see

Earth Day BBQ


Saturday, April 22nd, 11:00 am- 2 pm

Join TRIO SSS and GEAR UP for a day of pickleball, yard games, and BBQ for Earth Day! We will be gathering at Southside Park at 11:00am and will bring all of the yard games and food! All you need to do is show up! As always, friends and family are encouraged!

Chesney Lowe and Grandfather

On March 21st, future GEAR UP student Chesney Lowe from Thompson Falls visited the MSU campus with her grandfather!

Science Olympiad LunchScience Olympiad Lunch

On March 8th GEAR UP hosted a lunch for students from Thompson Falls and Superior competing in the Montana Science Olympiad

Judi and Kaycei Hugs

On March 22nd, Program Coordinator Judi travelled to Lodge Grass High School to meet with students including incoming Fall 2024 MSU student Kaycei Hugs!

Registration BreakfastRegistration Breakfast

On March 30th, TRIO and GEAR UP held the registration breakfast to help students register for summer and fall 2023 classes

MSU PowwowMSU Powwow

On March 31st and April 1st, MSU hosted the 47th annual MSU Powwow with contestants from around the state participating, including from GEAR UP schools. Congratulations to the winners at this year's powwow! Images courtesy of MSU American Indian Council