College Readiness Information  


To learn more about college admissions, financial aid applications, scholarships and careers click here.  

Senior College Planning Timeline 




  • Take ACT and/or SAT if you haven't already
  • Watch for financial aid award letters
  • Watch for orientation information, remember you have to have been admitted


  • Double check college deadlines, which are usually in early May
  • Clear up any loose ends at your high school
  • Finals time, study hard
  • Finalize summer plans: job, school
  • High School Graduation Congratulations!


  • Attend orientation
  • Summer job, save $$ for college
  • Take any placement exams if a college requires them


  • Summer job, save $$ for college
  • Attend orientation if you haven't already
  • Watch for information on campus housing arrangements






GEAR UP New Mexico   




Mora seniors attend Discovery Day at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado.



Capital High School GEAR UP Student of the Month



Santa Fe Capital High Junior, Jocelyn Rodriguez, is a passionate and inspiring young woman.  Her diverse interests range from auto mechanics to social justice. Her interests are evidenced by her ability to work on a car at her father's tire shop, or deliver a rousing speech to the Santa Fe City Council pushing for greater reliance on sustainable forms of energy. As the secretary of the Capital High School Rotary Interact Club, Jocelyn and her fellow club members collaborated with a local homeless shelter to provide 105 Thanksgiving dinners for families in need. They also were able to raise more than $4,000 for a non-profit that provides education to undeserved youth in Honduras.


When asked about her future, Jocelyn points to an interest in entrepreneurship.  She says, "I'd like to own a business of my own, perhaps some form of entertainment for youth in the area."  Jocelyn plans to apply at Harvard University to study Business Administration.  To prepare herself for her future, Jocelyn has certainly taken advantage of GEAR UP New Mexico's offerings, visiting five universities and taking part in student-to-student tutoring where juniors and seniors tutored Ortiz Middle School students.  Kudos to Jocelyn, a wonderful citizen, high school and college-bound student.




 College fair at Shiprock High School to include schools such as Tufts University and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design


The Daily Times reported in the Four Corners News section that representatives from 19 state and regional colleges, including Tufts University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and Santa Fe University of Art and Design, shared information and opportunities available at their schools during the college fair at Shiprock High School.


The college fair offered information for students about financial aid, filling out applications, writing college essays, developing interview skills and time management. The students had the opportunity to learn from Tisch Scholars, students who are enrolled in the Tisch Scholar program at Tufts University's Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. In 2012, 39 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native students who started college in 2005 as first-time, full time students at four year institutions graduated, according to the National Indian Education Association. Gerald Bidtah, the coordinator for the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)  at the Central Consolidated School District, said the college fair will promote college readiness and offer students the chance to interact with college representatives. "Once they see that second level of college goes up and above the direction they want it to go," Bidtah said. The college fair was a collaboration between GEAR UP, the Navajo Nation Office of Din� YOUTH and Tufts University. To view the article click here.




The Xperience Science Technology Engineering Mathematics STEM Conference is a three and a half day conference that includes both a conference and two experiences. These experiences include the following:
  • Digital Nature Stories & Smart Phone Photography
  • Geospatial Wilderness Orienteering
  • Map & Compass Wilderness Orienteering
  • Rock Climbing
  • Indoor Climbing
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Go Pro Paddle Board Documentary
  • Whispering Horses Documentary
  • Mobile Apps Development
  • Physiology with an Altitude
  • Go-Pro Paragliding Documentary
  • Indoor Skydiving
  • Anatomy in Clay
  • LEGO EV3 Robotics
  • SCUBA (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus)
  • The Science of Yoga
  • Raft the Rockies
  • Night Sky Star Party
  • Hydrobot Crossing
  • ZipLine Engineering
  • Mission: Wolf
  • Hydrobot Crossing
  • Community Mapping

The Xperience STEM Conference will take place on July 29, 2014 - August 1, 2014 at the Colorado Convention Center Denver, Colorado. X-STEM explores the many incarnations and benefits of experiential methods in STEM education, showcases the best programs, and creates a community of experiential STEM advocates. To learn more about the conference click here.





Early Warning System (EWS): Developing and Monitoring Effective Systems and Interventions for Students At Risk of Dropping Out


NMPED is hosting the Early Warning System (EWS): Developing and Monitoring Effective Systems and Interventions for Students At Risk of Dropping Out conference on June 3-5, 2014 at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. This engaging and hands-on experience will provide secondary teams with a strong foundation to develop and implement an Early Warning System in their school including effective implementation strategies, linking indicators to a tiered intervention system, identifying effective interventions, linking EWS to college and career readiness, and facilitated action planning. Teams must be comprised of a secondary administrator, counselor, and a teacher leader.

Teams are welcome to register additional members of their team, including additional teacher leaders, transition specialists, and middle school representatives. Teams are highly encouraged to invite higher education representatives that works with your school on transition and linking your schools with higher education.


Register your team today! Space is limited to 135 participants.


All participants must register and attend all three days of the conference. There is no registration fee to attend. Lodging will be provided to all participants (double occupancy) for participants if their school's location and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM are more than 25 miles away from each other. Please make sure to identify your "roommate" by first and last name, as part of the registration process.  Mileage will be reimbursed for those teams driving more than 25 miles from their school's location and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. In addition, Rail Runner tickets will be reimbursed (with receipt) for those traveling more than 25 miles from their school's location and the Institute of American Indian Arts. All participants will be provided with a stipend ($130 per day) for each day of the conference. Participants must sign-in and sign out at the registration table and attend all sessions to receive their stipend. Breakfast, lunches, and snacks will be provided throughout the conference. For more information click here.






High school students who are planning to enter college in 2015 can now apply for a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural Council Scholarship, which awards $1,000 for each qualifying student. Applications are available at

Those applying must write an essay based on an image on the application form.

Students should express their understanding of civil rights, diversity and community, along with describing how King's messages continue to influence society and themselves.

Submit applications before Sept. 9 to P.O. Box 40306, Albuquerque, NM 87196. Students also must notify Jewel Hall at when they have applied.






















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 GEAR UP New Mexico
2048 Galisteo St.
Santa Fe, NM 87505
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