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Middle and High School Program

Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)

The Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP) at New York University (NYU) is an innovative pre-college enrichment program for talented middle and high school students in New York City. Our goal is to encourage and increase the presence of historically under-represented groups in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM careers) and licensed professions.

Building Excellence in Science and Technology (BEST)

Building Excellence in Science and Technology (BEST) is a joint program with STEP at NYU. The BEST program is specifically designed to serve students attending middle school and high school in Community School District 13 located in Brooklyn, New York.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for STEP, you must:

  • Be a high school or middle school student in grades 7-12
  • Have an 80 Average in Math, Science, and English
  • Have an 80 Cumulative Average
  • Be a resident of New York State
  • Identify as African American, Latino, Native American, and Alaskan American, or meet state-determined economic criteria below.

Economically Disadvantaged Eligibility Requirements

1. Economic Eligibility Criteria (for students who do not identify as African American, Latino, Native American or Alaskan American):

  •  All economic eligibility criteria apply to the calendar year prior to the academic year of first entry into STEP. For example, 2012-2013, it is the 2011 calendar year; for 2013-2014, it is the 2012 calendar year.
  • A student is considered economically disadvantaged if he or she is a member of:
    • A household supported by one parent if dependent, by the student or by a spouse if independent, whose total annual income is not more than the applicable amount listed in the Income eligibility table.

2. Exceptions:

  • Reference to the household income scale need not be made if the student falls into
    one of the following categories, and documentation is available:

a. The student's family is the recipient of: (1) Family Assistance Program Aid; or (2) Safety Net Assistance through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, or a county department of social services; or (3) family day-care payments through the New York State Office of Children and Family Services Assistance, or a county department of social services;

 b. The student is a ward of the State or a county.

(For students first entering the Program between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014)

Income Eligibility

 Number of Dependents2012-13
1 $20,665
2 $27,991
3 $35,317
4 $42,643
5 $49,969
6 $57,295
7 $64,621

Add $7,326 for each family member in excess of 7.

STEP students


Interested in applying for STEP or BEST?  Click the link below to download our complete application with detailed instructions about program eligibility, curriculum, and application process and deadlines:


Please direct all admissions questions to Anna Ortega Chavolla at

Academic Year Program Important Deadlines:
Continuing and New students: Friday, August 29th, 2014
Acceptance response: Mid-September, 2014

The application is a fillable PDF form. In ordered to expedite application processing, it is highly suggested that you type your responses on the application.

STEP and BEST Costs and Fees:
Program Activity Fall & Spring Fee - $200.00

Please do not mail in payments. Payment by check or money order (made out to NYU STEP) only will be collected during Student Orientation.

Academic Year 2014-15 Application

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