Issue Background

Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP/C-STEP)

  • C-STEP has served 95,985 students since its creation by the Legislature in 1986 and there are currently 6,165 students enrolled in C-STEP; STEP has served 127,817 students since its creation, and there are approximately 8,500 students currently
    enrolled in STEP.
  • More than seven in 10 (70%) of C-STEP students pursue professional degree programs of study in STEM and C-STEP targeted fields; STEP students pass the science and mathematics Regents and receive Regents diplomas at rates higher than the state average.
  • More than 70% of STEP graduates pursue professional degree programs of study in STEM and STEP-targeted fields.

Despite rising demand for workers in technical fields,
many students choose not to pursue postsecondary
studies in science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics (STEM) fields. These fields also lack
diversity at both higher education institutions and in
the workplace, showing that we are not reaping the full
benefits of our talent pool.

Opportunity programs like the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) for high school students address the problem of under-representation of minorities in the professions (medicine, engineering, health, etc). STEP is designed for NYS residents in grades 7 through 12 in school districts with 20% or more
enrollment of historically underrepresented students. Where as, the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program for college students helps to engage historically underrepresented and disadvantaged students in STEM fields and the professions (medicine, dentistry, engineering, physical therapy, etc.)

“Most runaways don’t come to Ivy League institutions and succeed. If I didn’t have the support of C-STEP and HEOP, I don’t know where I would be in life.” - Christopher, a member of his college’s outstanding leaders and chosen as a member of the oldest senior honor society.