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GEAR UP NC is a federally funded program from the U.S. Department of Education (P334S120003, P334S190002). The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) project aims to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP NC is operated by the University of North Carolina System Office.
The GEAR UP NC Virtual Reality (VR) app is intended to help first-generation students gain early awareness of college options in North Carolina. The app is also intended to motivate students to think of college as an option and begin taking steps to plan, apply, and pay for college.
The project began as a pilot with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Visitor Center's First Look program. GEAR UP NC VR now includes virtual tours of all 16 4-year public institutions in the state. All community colleges will be added by the end of 2021, with the potential to add private colleges and universities at a later date.
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