The purpose of the CSTEP Program is to increase the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged undergraduate students who complete pre-professional or professional education programs of study that lead to professional licensure and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) or health-related fields. Individuals historically underrepresented in the STEM fields or health-related and licensed professions are Black or African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaskan Native students who demonstrate interest in, and potential for, a CSTEP-targeted profession.

Benefits of joining

  • Free textbooks that you can borrow for the entire semester. (up to $500.00 in value)
  • Free Metrocards on occasion
  • Stipends for eligible students (up to $500)
  • Free Graphing Calculators
  • Free Biology models and study material
  • Free CSTEP Lab coat, T-Shirt, Sweater, flash drive
  • Free tutoring every semester
  • Early Academic Advisement
  • Early enrollment dates for your classes
  • Free Academic Enrichment workshops
  • Internship and Research placement
  • Awards and Certificates for your participation and accomplishments
  • Support from our staff to help you achieve your academic goals
  • Free participation in conferences
  • Free trips to Museums
  • Research opportunities at the Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Automatic CSTEP Club membership

To be Eligible for CSTEP, students need to:

  1. From an underrepresented group (African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino or Alaskan Native)

  2. Enrolled at QCC as a matriculated full-time student for the Fall 2017

  3. A NYS Resident with a valid DMV ID (Driver’s license or non-drivers ID)

  4. Able to maintain a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher (Not required for Freshman)

What Programs of Study are Accepted by CSTEP?

CSTEP accepts students enrolled in the following curricula:

  • Accounting
  • Architectural Technology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Engineering Technology
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science and Information Security
  • Electronic Engineering Technology
  • Engineering Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Health Sciences
  • Internet and Information Technology
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Massage Therapy
  • Mathematics and Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Nursing
  • Office Administration and Technology
  • Public Health
  • Telecommunications Technology

CSTEP Students

What does CSTEP expect from its students?

  • Participate in an Internship or research project prior to graduation
  • Attend all CSTEP club events
  • Check your tigermail daily and reply as necessary
  • Attend a weekly tutoring session
  • Come in for advisement
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Ask for help when you need it

CSTEP Eligibility

Campus Cultural Centers

Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC)Opens in a new window
Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

Using the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

Queensborough Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window
QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

Queensborough Art GalleryOpens in a new window
QCC Art GalleryOpens in a new window

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.