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Program Overview

In 1986, the New York State Legislature created the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) to increase “access by minority or disadvantaged students to academic programs that...prepare students for licensure or employment” in scientific, technical or health-related professions. Since that time, CSTEP at NYU has provided a means for traditionally underserved, low-income students to obtain admission for STEM careers and Licensed Professions as well as academic and financial support during their course of study at the University.

  • As an accepted NYU and CSTEP student, you will begin by completing a required six-week introductory non-credit academic program during the summer prior to your freshman year. Your summer course schedule is determined by your individual academic needs, and will expose you to first-year courses and activities, ensuring a smooth entry into university life.  As one of our students, you will have access to our support system, which includes:
  • Academic and personal counseling
  • Financial counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Academic workshops and seminars
  • Tutoring

For questions related to the CSTEP program you may call (212) 998-5690.

Special Needs

If you are an incoming NYU student in need of accommodation due to chronic, psychological, visual, mobility and/or learning disability, or are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, you should register with the Moses Center for Students with Disabilities.




CSTEP Students

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for CSTEP at NYU, a first-time college applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Apply for admission to a degree program and be selected for consideration by the Admissions office.  Click here for ADMISSION INFORMATION and FINANCIAL AID DEADLINES.
  • Be a New York State resident.
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Be inclined to pursue a career in a NY State Licensed Profession or STEM (Science,
    Technology, Engineering, Math) profession.
  • Be of African American, Latino, Native American, Alaskan descent.

OR be economically disadvantaged according to state guidelines - Scholarship aid is limited.

  • Attend an information luncheon.

In order to receive financial aid, a student must be a U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident.


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