The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) is funded by New York State Department of Education, Bureau of Professional Career Opportunity Programs. This initiative provides services for students from under-represented populations or economically disadvantaged backgrounds seeking careers in the sciences, mathematics and technological fields or one of the licensed professions in New York State (Interior Design, Accounting, Law, Social Work, Psychology, etc.). The mission of the CSTEP program is to foster academic excellence, teach effective long-term career management skills and create meaningful pre-professional experiences for program participants. Students may join CSTEP at any time during their college career.
CSTEP’s purpose is to increase the number of historically underrepresented students who enroll in and complete undergraduate or graduate programs leading to professional licensure (social work, psychology, accounting, law, etc.) or to careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and health related fields. Over 50 colleges and universities in New York State currently participate.
CSTEP is designed for New York State residents (including permanent resident aliens) who have been historically underrepresented in scientific, technical, health-related, or licensed professions and/or who are economically disadvantaged, and who demonstrate interest in, and potential for, a CSTEP targeted profession. The CSTEP student must be enrolled full-time and major in an approved scientific, technical, health-related, or a licensed professional undergraduate program of study.
For the purpose of the program, a student is considered a New York State resident if he or she resides in New York State and/or has lived in New York State for the last two terms of high school prior to graduation; or has established permanent residence in New York State for at least 12 months immediately preceding the first term for which he or she is seeking acceptance into CSTEP. Individuals historically underrepresented in the scientific, technical, health-related, and licensed professions are of African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American/Alaskan Native descent. Students who are economically disadvantaged must meet the eligibility requirements that are described below under Economic Eligibility Requirements. Documentation confirming economically disadvantaged status is required only for students who are not African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American/Alaskan Native. Students enrolled in the State-funded opportunity programs (HEOP, EOP, SEEK, or College Discovery) are eligible to participate in CSTEP, however, the number of students in such programs will be limited. Students must complete an application prior to participation in the program. The program is responsible for having each student’s previous and current transcript on file for the duration of his or her participation in the program.