Collegiate Science Technology Program (CSTEP)

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.

Our Mission and Goals

What is CSTEP?

The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) is a New York State grant funded initiative designed to foster academic excellence for under-represented or economically disadvantaged, full-time college students interested in pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields or licensed professions.

CSTEP offers many services which assist students in achieving their academic and professional goals.

The program is represented in various CUNY, SUNY, and private institutions across the State of New York.

CSTEP, established in 1986, is a joint project with the New York Department of Education.

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Office Hours:

Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Contact Info

Science Building, S-124
222-05, 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364

(718) 631-6036

What does CSTEP expect from its students?

Commit to your own success

Seek opportunities and resources

Transform your dreams into accomplishments

Empower yourself through enrichment

Push yourself beyond your challenges

Who is eligible to apply to the CSTEP Program?

  1. Students who can provide proof of NYS residency for at least 12 months.

  2. Students with a valid New York State ID issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (non-driver’s ID is acceptable).

  3. Students enrolled full time (12 credits or more) for every participating semester.

  4. Students aiming to earn and maintain a GPA of 2.70 or above every semester.

  5. Students who intend to pursue a degree in STEM or a career leading towards a licensed profession.

  6. Students who report themselves as White or Asian should meet the income eligibility criteria set by NYSED

Note: the CSTEP application is open to freshmen and returning QCC students with a minimum GPA of 2.0

What do members gain from CSTEP?

  • Access to helpful staff on campus
  • Personalized Academic Advisement
  • Socioemotional support
  • Priority class enrollment every semester
  • Occasional metrocards to improve your access to campus
  • A stipend to support you in financial challenges
  • Assistance with Internship and Research placement
  • Admission to networking events
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Invitations to academic related trips
  • Eligibility to special conferences
  • Assistance with textbooks, study materials, graphing calculators
  • Personal and career enrichment workshops
  • Regular meetings where you can make new friends
  • T-Shirts, lab coats, sweaters
CSTEP Students

What majors are accepted by the CSTEP Program?

CSTEP accepts students enrolled in the following curricula:

  • Accounting (AAS)
  • • Accounting for Forensic Accounting (AS)

  • • Architectural Technology (AAS)

  • • Biology (AS)

  • • Biotechnology (AS)

  • • Chemistry (AS)

  • • Childhood Education (AA)

  • • Computer Engineering Technology (AAS)

  • • Computer Information Systems (CIS) (AAS)

  • • Computer Science and Information Security (AS)

  • • Electronic Engineering Technology (AAS)

  • • Engineering Science (AS)

  • • Environmental Science (AS)

  • • Forensic Science (AS)

  • • Health Sciences (AS)

  • • Internet and Information Technology (AAS)

  • • Liberal Arts and Sciences (AA) - American Studies

  • • Liberal Arts and Sciences (AA) - Communication Studies

  • • Liberal Arts and Sciences (AA) - Education

  • • Liberal Arts and Sciences (AA) - English

  • • Liberal Arts and Sciences (AA) - Exercise Science

  • • Liberal Arts and Sciences (AA) - Gender Studies

  • • Liberal Arts and Sciences (AA) - History

  • • Liberal Arts and Sciences (AA) - International Studies

  • • Liberal Arts and Sciences (AA) - Liberal Studies

  • • Liberal Arts and Sciences (AA) - Nutrition

  • • Liberal Arts and Sciences (AA) - Personal Training

  • • Liberal Arts and Sciences (AA) - Physical Education

  • • Liberal Arts and Sciences (AA) - Sociology

  • • Liberal Arts and Sciences (AA) - Urban Studies

  • • Massage Therapy (AAS)

  • • Mathematics and Science (AS)

  • • Mechanical Engineering Technology (AAS)

  • • Psychology (AS)

  • • Public Health (AS)

  • • Telecommunications Technology (AAS)

Who are the CSTEP Staff members?


Ms. Marie-Francesca Berrouet, Director


Ms. Mesila Petreli, Full-Time Office Coordinator

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