LOGAN – Utah State University Monday announced its first “Aggie UP Program” to prepare first-generation college students for higher education. UP stands for undergraduate possibilities.

The pilot program for Aggie UP is underway at Logan High School. Those selected from the school’s class of 2027 will be mentored the next three years by USU faculty, staff and students. They will learn more about the college application process, will experience college-level courses and then will be admitted automatically to USU after graduation.

The initial group of 37 Logan High freshmen was selected from 80 applicants.

Cyril Mensah, USU assistant director of Access & Multicultural Engagement, said the goal is to work with students earlier to remove any potential barriers, should they choose to pursue higher education.

USU is working with Logan High counselors and other staff in administering the program.

Aggie UP is an initiative between USU and the Logan City School District. There are plans to expand to other schools in the future.

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