GEAR UP Kentucky 3.0 Summer Academy@UK

The GEAR UP Kentucky 3.0 Summer Academy @ UK is a college readiness program at the University of Kentucky in partnership with the Council on Postsecondary Education's GEAR UP Kentucky. Download the 2016 Summer Academy @ UK Handbook (.pdf file) here.

The Academy @ UK will prepare GEAR UP Kentucky (GUK) students academically and personally for college - and not just any college. The Academy @ UK aims to prepare Kentuckians for success at the University of Kentucky. The instructors and staff of the Academy @ UK will:

  1. Introduce high schoolers to at least some parts of the four University of Kentucky Core Program learning outcomes.
  2. Offer digital badges that depict the particular skills and knowledge learned in each of the courses, and invite the colleges' faculty leadership to explore the possibility of offering dual-credit courses.

A Real College Experience

We want this to be a summer of learning and fun for GUK students and their instructors. At the same time, the Summer Academy @ UK will run much like a real college experience with courses taught by UK instructors across the curriculum, study groups and co-curricular activities critical for learning at the state's premier research university. By the end of the summer's 3-week residential experience, the GUK3.0 Academy @ UK students will demonstrate:

  • increased college readiness by using written, oral and visual communication skills to produce and present original research-based projects;
  • an increase in the academic and professional skills necessary to succeed in college and the workforce such as practicing self-discipline, inclusivity, and civic engagement; and
  • appropriate social behavior and self-awareness and be able to express confidence in their ability to succeed in college and navigate the complexities of campus life.

Each of the academic offerings from UK faculty and staff will support and enhance these learning outcomes.Students who successfully complete each of these components of the Summer Academy @ UK are awarded digital badges (Passport badges in 2014, Canvabadges in 2015). A final showcase and dinner serve as the capstone experience for all GUK students, their family members, instructors and counselors.

Students live in a UK Residence Hall for three weeks, eat at UK dining halls, and take classes in UK classrooms, laboratories and fine arts rooms. GEAR UP Kentucky supervises the student development counselors and residence hall advisors who work with students before and after classes. Regular communications between instructors, teaching assistants and GUK staff will take place each day, and the students will be required to journal each evening and reflect in ways that deepen their learning experiences.

The GUK3.0 Academy @ UK has been created by multiple colleges and units at UK working together on developing the goals and design of the summer enrichment experience.

  • 2016 GUK3.0 Summer Academy@UK - July 10 (Sunday) through July 30 (Saturday) with the Final Showcase and Dinner on Friday, July 29th in the Woodford Reserve Club in the Commonwealth Tower of Commonwealth Stadium. Read about the courses offered and the 2016 Summer Academy@UK here.

  • 2015 GUK3.0 Summer Academy @ UK - July 6 (Monday) through July 25 (Saturday) with the Final Showcase and Dinner on July 24th. Read about the courses offered and the 2015 Summer Academy@UK here.

  • 2014 GUK3.0 Summer Academy @ UK - June 22 through July 12, 2014
    The Division of Undergraduate Education wishes to thank the deans and faculty of the Colleges of Agriculture, Arts & Sciences, Business & Economics, Communication & Information, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Medicine as well as the leadership teams and staff of Enrollment Management, Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching, the International Center, Office of Sustainability, Student Affairs, and UK Libraries for the generous contributions to the 2014 Summer Academy @ UK.  Read about the courses offered and 2014 Summer Academy@UK here.

For more information, contact Dr. Randolph Hollingsworth, 859-257-3027 or email