The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute upholds a high standard in academic excellence and post-baccalaureate achievement. Our mission is to develop, support, and retain talented, high-achieving scholars for post-baccalaureate education and professional achievement in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). As an integral component of the Office of Minority Student Affairs, CSTEP aims to reinvent scholarship on campus for participating undergraduate and graduate students as they pursue their academic goals. Our vision is to be the principal source of student enrichment and preparation in the (STEM) areas of study.Students may join CSTEP at any time during their college career. Services provided include academic counseling, tutoring, enrichment activities, internship/research opportunities, graduate school preparation, resume/career preparation, and specialized workshops
A student is considered a New York State resident if he or she resides in New York State and has lived in New York State for the last two terms of high school prior to graduation; or resided in New York State for at least 12 months immediately preceding the first term for which the applicant is seeking acceptance into CSTEP and has established permanent residence in New York State; or was a resident when the applicant entered military service, VISTA, or the Peace Corps and re-established New York State residency within six months after release from service. Individuals historically underrepresented in the scientific, technical, health-related, and licensed professions are African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American/Alaskan Native.
A student is economically disadvantaged if he or she meets the eligibility requirements described below under Economic Eligibility Criteria for First-Time CSTEP Students.
Students enrolled in the State-funded opportunity programs (HEOP, EOP, SEEK, or College Discovery) are eligible to participate in CSTEP; however, institutions must assure that no more than 20 percent of all CSTEP participants are concurrently enrolled in an opportunity program. Exceptions to the rule can be considered if a written justification is submitted to the Collegiate and Pre-Professional Programs Unit (CPPU). An Opportunity Program Eligibility Verification form must be on file for opportunity program students transferring into the program.
Please contact the program administrator for more details on dates and deadlines.