Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program

The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) at Russell Sage College is a grant-funded program sponsored by the New York State Department of Education to support talented underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors and licensed health and professional careers (e.g., nursing, physical therapy, medicine, physician assistant, health science, biology, registered dietician, and occupational therapy) and professional careers (e.g., lawyer, interior design, and psychology). CSTEP offers academic workshops and seminars, academic support and enrichment, career planning workshops, support in finding research or internship experiences in STEM content areas, and numerous other opportunities critical to student success.
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Benefits of CSTEP

  • Summer Program
  • financial support for undergraduate research
  • financial support for standardized exams or licensing exams
  • travel funding to present undergraduate research
  • workshops
  • field trips

CSTEP Summer Program

Prospective students  who qualify for CSTEP are eligible to participate in optional pre-college online math and/or writing course(s). These classes are beneficial to all majors and run for eight weeks. Students will earn one credit for each course, which will count as elective credit(s) toward the 120 required for graduation. These are free college courses only available to CSTEP incoming freshmen — all books, supplies, and fees will be paid by CSTEP.

Program Eligibility

New York State Education Department
CSTEP and STEP Income Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Income
2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19* 2019-20**
1 $21,755 $21,978 $22,311 $22,311 $22,459
2 $29,471 $29,637 $30,044 $30,044 $30,451
3 $37,167 $37,296 $37,777 $37,777 $38,443
4 $44,863 $44,955 $45,510 $45,510 $46,435
5 $52,559 $52,614 $53,243 $53,243 $54,427
6 $60,255 $60,273 $60,976 $60,976 $62,419
7 $67,951 $67,951 $68,709 $68,709 $70,411
8 $75,647 $75,647 $76,442 $76,442 $78,403

* The Income Eligibility Levels for 2018-19 remained the same as the previous year (2017-18).
** For 2019-20, add $7,992 for each family member in excess of eight.

Admission to the CSTEP Program is open to Russell Sage College students at all levels — first year through senior year students, transfer students and post baccalaureate pre-med students — who meet specific eligibility requirements:

  • New York State resident (for at least 12 months)
  • African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaskan native OR meet the economic eligibility requirements established by New York State
  • full-time undergraduate student
  • intent to pursue a major/career in a STEM discipline and/or a licensed profession
  • minimum GPA of 2.5 overall and 2.5 in the major.
Eligible Majors
  • Creative Arts & Therapy
  • Biology
  • Health Sciences
  • Interior + Spatial Design
  • Law & Society
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition Science
  • Public Health
  • Psychology
Eligible Licensed and Health Professions Examples
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine (physician)
  • Nursing
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Registered Dietician
  • Veterinarian
  • Interior Design
  • Lawyer
Additional Information

CSTEP Contact

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