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National GEAR UP Week September 21 - 25


National GEAR UP week is a time to celebrate our GEAR UP students and their families, professors, instructors, staff, peer mentors, community partners, college access professionals and all of our hard work and dedication. 

Are you a GEAR UP student or campus partner? Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for the following activities. Registration is required so please register below.

Did you submit a request for a free GEAR UP t-shirt? If so, make sure you're watching your mail as t-shirts will be mailed a few days prior to GEAR UP week. Feel free to share photos of yourself wearing your t-shirt during GEAR UP week. Photos can be submitted via email or our Facebook page.

Monday, September 21 

Message from President Bruce Harreld
GEAR UP Students: We have a VIP message from UI President Bruce Harreld.
Also, we're celebrating with BINGO cards! Look for more information in your uiowa email account.

Get a BINGO? Submit your winning BINGO card before this Friday to be entered to win our grand prize- a GEAR UP hoodie and matching sweatpants (see photo below). All BINGO submissions will earn a smaller prize too.

Visit the link above or click on the photo of President Harreld to hear a special message just for GEAR UP students!

UI President Bruce Harreld


Tuesday, September 22

4:00 pm- 5:00 pm: Virtual Yoga
Are you ready to find your roar? Join our virtual yoga session, hosted by Emily Rose Cooper, co-owner of Iowa City's own Muddy Feet Yoga. Don't have a yoga mat? No problem, grab a towel or find a soft spot on your carpet and join in! 

For this virtual yoga session, Emily will lead you through an hour of heart-pumping POWER Yoga! Bring a friend, a towel/mat, and an open mind. No experience needed! Emily is a fearless teacher who’s classes are powerful and purposeful. Yoga has helped transform her life both mentally and physically over the past decade; having lost 160 lbs and fully embracing the muddy and messy work of true personal growth. Emily encourages her students to value practice over perfection; learning to dig deep, find genuine joy, and push toward growth both on and off the mat. Come see what you're capable of! 

Wednesday, September 23

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Virtual Escape Room 
Are you a fan of Minecraft or Harry Potter? Do you enjoy solving puzzles or racing to be the first one through a series of riddles? If yes, than join your peers and GEAR UP team as we work our way through virtual escape rooms...and hopefully make some new friends along the way.

Thursday, September 24 

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Virtual Gen Z TV Trivia Night
How well do you know your pop culture icons, hit TV shows, or favorite music? Let's test our knowledge together through a night of fun-filled trivia.

Friday, September 25 

12:00 pm: Grand Prize Drawing
Remember the BINGO card mentioned earlier? Did you get a BINGO and submit it for the grand prize drawing? If so, your name might be drawn. Make sure you're watching your email as the winner will be contacted via their uiowa email around noon on Friday.

GEAR UP Hoodie and Sweatpants

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the University of Iowa GEAR UP team in advance at or (319) 335-1497.


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Important Information Regarding COVID-19

In accordance with recommendations by the State of Iowa and the Iowa Board of Regents to prevent the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University of Iowa Office of Admissions is suspending all on-campus visits, tours, and information sessions indefinitely. Currently, we are not taking registrations for future on-campus visits. View updates and additional information about Novel Coronavirus and admissions visit events.

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