College Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)
What is CSTEP?
The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), funded by the New York State Education Department (NYSED), is a program intended to increase access by minority and economically disadvantaged students to academic programs at the college level in scientific and technical fields.
The Vaughn College CSTEP program began in fall 2020 and intends to serve 100 students, at any given time, enrolled full-time in bachelor’s degree in STEM majors. Learn more about Vaughn’s Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program below.
CSTEP and Mechatronic Engineering Student
Systems Engineer, Raytheon Technologies
Vaughn College’s hands-on classroom experiences and resources provided by the career services office and opportunity programs helped me develop the necessary foundational and interpersonal skills I needed to land my dream job.”
Please review the sections below for information about CSTEP eligibility, applying, program benefits, frequently asked questions and more.
Students who are eligible for CSTEP must be:
- A New York State resident
- In good academic standing with a high school cumulative GPA of 3.0, or college cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
- Enrolled full-time in one of the following majors at Vaughn College:
- A.A.S. in Engineering or Engineering Technology
- B.S. in Engineering or Engineering Technology
- B.S. Aircraft Operations- Pilot License
- Identify as one or more of the following: Black/ African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, or Alaskan Native OR meet the NYSED Income Eligibility Criteria- Click here for more details.
If you believe you meet these requirements, you are encouraged to fill out an application to join the CSTEP Program today!
Please review the program requirements under “Who is eligible for CSTEP?”
If you are interested in applying to the CSTEP program, fill out an application.
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For family units in excess of eight members, add $8,399 for each family member.
Depending on the student’s college level, the CSTEP program will provide the following services to students in the program:
- Mentorship by the college professors
- Free gateway courses designed to increase student academic performance in fundamental courses
- Supporting students’ extra-curricular activities such as participation in student club activities
- Priority course registration each semester you are in CSTEP. Check out the academic calendar for
registration dates and details!
- Improving students’ professional skills by providing students with opportunities to participate in professional conferences, seminars and networking events
- Career development events provided by the Engineering Department, and the Career Services Office
- Students in the program will be eligible to participate in the summer research program. This paid research program will be supported by the CSTEP program and Vaughn College under the supervision
of faculty members.
- Services provided to support students’ academically such as supplemental instructors program and
CSTEP and Mechanical Engineering Student
Mechanical Engineering Intern, Arup
Vaughn’s classes are small, and you get the attention you need as a student in a challenging field like engineering. The support I have received from Vaughn has given me the confidence and skills I needed to secure my internship at Arup.”
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can a student transfer from another CSTEP program? … YES!
- If Vaughn’s CSTEP program has availability, all transfer students from other CSTEP programs
are eligible to join CSTEP at Vaughn College pending they meet the eligibility requirements.
If a student transfers from another college but was not a part of CSTEP, can that student still qualify/ apply for CSTEP at Vaughn College? … YES!
- Even if you were not enrolled in CSTEP at your previous institution, you can still apply.
If a student was recently accepted to Vaughn College, can they apply for CSTEP?… YES!
- Review the program requirements for acceptance (Please note that for High School graduates a 3.0
cumulative GPA is required for acceptance)
- Complete application and attach your HS Transcript. If necessary, please include your most recent tax information.
- Contact Kinga Szilagyi, CSTEP assistant director at to discuss the
program requirements, application and more.
How do you recommend a student for CSTEP?
- If you know of students that would qualify or be interested in CSTEP, please send their contact information to
. You may also refer students using Starfish. If the student is looking to apply to CSTEP, please send them the
link to the application.
How do you submit a professional reference form for a CSTEP student applying to the CSTEP Research Program?
- If you are looking to submit a professional reference on behalf of a CSTEP student applying to the Research Program, please complete
this form. Once you submit this form, you do not need to submit an additional letter of recommendation for that semester of
participation. This form takes the place of the letter of recommendation. If you have questions, please email .
Where can I find more information about NYSED CSTEP?
- Visit here for more information about NYSED- CSTEP.