Our Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

The mission of CSTEP is to recruit and retain students from historically underrepresented minorities (of African, Hispanic/Latino or Native American/Alaskan Native descents) or economically disadvantaged (based on criteria established by New York State) pursuing professional education programs of study leading to professional licensure and careers in STEM fields to ensure completion of their degrees.

Department Goals

1. Enhance professional readiness of students

2. Increase participation in free winter and summer tuition initiatives

3. Enhance collaboration through professional development


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
  • 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 current semester

  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 student email 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

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Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

The KHC uses 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
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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.