Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)

CSTEP logoCSTEP's mission is to increase the number of students from under- represented groups who are pursuing careers in mathematics, science, technology, health-related fields or a licensed profession.

Here are some of the ways CSTEP can help you:

  • Academic and Career Advising - CSTEP provides students with intensive academic and career counseling services to better assist with choosing classes and setting career goals 
  • Funding Opportunities to Attend State and National Professional Conferences - Students will have the opportunity to attend conferences that will give students exposure to a variety of academic, research and career-related workshops
  • Educational Workshops - Students will have the opportunity to participate in an array of activities to further cultivate their interest in the STEM fields
  • Assist in Graduate/Professional School Application Process - CSTEP offers student one- on-one graduate/professional counseling through the application process
  • Internship and Research Opportunities  - This provides an opportunity for students to gain career and research experience in their chosen field of study

CSTEP Qualifications

 In order to be admitted to CSTEP, students must:

  • be a New York State Resident
  • be from an under-represented background (Black, Hispanic, or American Indian/Native Alaskan) OR meet NYS income guidelines

2023-2024 New York State Opportunity Program Income Eligibility Guidelines (based on tax year 2021 household income)

Number in household (including head of household) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8*
Maximum total annual income in preceding calendar year $25,142 $33,874 $42,606 $51,338 $60,070 $68,802 $77,534 $88,266

*For 2023-2024, add $8,732 for each additional family member in excess of 8.

  • be pursuing a CSTEP major or a career in a CSTEP profession
  • have earned a 2.50 or better cumulative grade point average. First year students can be admitted provisionally until GPA is established

Eligible Majors include:

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Business Management/Administration (Accounting Concentration)
  • Chemistry
  • Criminology (Pre-Law)
  • Cybersecurity
  • Education (i.e. students who major in mathematics or sciences who are also enrolled in teacher education programs)
  • Exercise Science
  • Healthcare Management
  • Human services (with a career goal of social work or other similar licensed profession)
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Sociology (with a career goal of social work or other similar licensed profession)

If you don't see your major above, you may be eligible for CSTEP if you plan to pursue a career in one of these licensed professions.

Grace Vazquez

Interim Director of HEOP/CSTEP
Email Address
Aquinas 151

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