MSU's GEAR UP program is dedicated to providing support and services to first-year students from Montana's GEAR UP schools.

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Smart Start

GEAR UP MSU is partnering with TRIO Student Support Services to provide a Smart Start Orientation for new and incoming TRIO and GEAR UP first-year students. This will include access to early move-in, personalized information on MSU programs specific to GEAR UP and TRIO students as well as some outdoor recreational activities. More information to come!


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Free Tutoring

Montana GEAR UP students here at MSU have a unique priviledge of qualifying for free tutoring through MSU's SmartyCats Tutuoring program. Click here to learn more about SmartyCats! 


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Book Borrowing Program

The book borrowing program through GEAR UP MSU is a program where GEAR UP students will be elligible to request their semeseter required textbooks through our office. These books will be able to be checked out through our office.  Click here to fill out the application now! 

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School Supplies

At the beginning of each academic school year, our GEAR UP office provides a backpack full of basic school supplies to help offset some of the costs of materials first-year students will need in their new academic experience. All leftover supplies will be kept in stock in our office to help you replenish supplies throughout the semester. 

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Family Support 

The GEAR UP MSU office wants to encourage parents to support their college student throughout their first year. To encourage this, GEAR UP MSU offers meal tickets to the dining halls on campus for parents or families to visit their student here on campus. For more information on family resources and support services please visit our Parent and Family Resource page. 


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Partners with TRIO SSS

This year, GEAR UP MSU is partnering with TRIO Student Support Services to provide our first-year students with access to a larger community, more activities, and resources for their success. Many students who are GEAR UP Students most likely qualify to be a TRIO scholar as well. For more information on TRIO or to find out if you could qulaify to be a TRIO scholar visit the MSU TRIO website. 


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Financial Coaching

The staff in the GEAR UP MSU office want to provide the best opportunities for GEAR UP students to succeed at Montana State University. To help them navigate the new financial responsibilities that secondary education entails, GEAR UP MSU offers many opportunities to recieve financial coaching from the Office of Financial Education. Learn more about their office here!

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Tailored Student Support

The GEAR UP MSU office staff value each and every relationship that we have with our GEAR UP students. This includes current cohort students, past students, and potential students! We will be providing a monthly newsletter for all GEAR UP Students that will have information on office announcements, campus events, highlights of past activities, and information on opportunities for our students. Our office is open for drop-in meetings or you can email [email protected] to set up a date and time, or to let us know how we can help you more.