About Us


Welcome to College Access Partnerships at Appalachian State University. We are here to support students from the Appalachian region of NC to find their own unique path to postsecondary education. We accomplish this by supporting the work of teachers, counselors, and educators, along with providing direct services to students. Please consider bringing a group of students to campus, this is the very best way to help kids begin to see themselves as 'college material'. We love to have kids from K-10th on campus to show them how different higher education is from what they experience. Whether you bring students here or to another campus we have tools and resources to help! Check out our Staff Resources under GEAR UP for toolkits for family programming, college visits and more. We have resources for students and families as well to explore options for choosing and paying for college. If you can't find what you are looking for regarding college access please use our contact form to send us a question.

College Access Partnerships is made up of several large federal grants, GEAR UP and Upward Bound. We believe the best way for our region to grow economically is to educate our students beyond high school. Our job, collectively, is to help students explore possibilities for careers and then match those aspirations to degree programs at the local community college or a four-year university.

Thanks for visiting us and making a difference in the lives of students!


All students of the North Carolina Appalachian region will be college ready.


The office of College Access Partnerships is committed to building strategic partnerships to strengthen our local communities through college access and success. 



GEAR UP is a federally funded college access program designed to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education immediately after high school.

Upward Bound

Upward Bound

Upward Bound provides academic support to high school students so they may complete high school, enroll in college, and successfully obtain a college degree.