Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)

The Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) is a New York State grant-funded program that was designed to prepare historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students to enter college and increase participation in math, science, technology, health-related fields, and licensed professions. Union College has been awarded the STEP grant since 1994 to partner with local schools and provide high-quality STEM instruction to students enrolled in the program.

All STEP services and resources are offered at no cost to participants. For more information please email

Program Highlights

- Academic Tutoring and Mentoring
- SAT/ ACT Prep
- STEM and Healthcare Profession Workshops
- Field Trips and College Visits
- Research Opportunities
- Summer Programming

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Academic Year 2023-2024 Application
Applications for Academic Year STEP are accepted on a rolling basis.

Summer STEP 2024 Schedule of Events (Coming Soon)

Prospective Students

  • Eligibility Requirements

    To enroll in STEP, students must be:

    • A New York State resident
    • Enrolled in Grades 7-12
    • A member of a historically underrepresented group (as defined by NYSED): African-American/Black, Latino/Hispanic or Native American/Alaskan Native
    • Economically disadvantaged as per the NSYED Income Eligibility Criteria
  • Summer STEP

    Summer STEP offers students a learning opportunity through classroom instruction, hands on activities, educational field trips, and mentoring by Union College students. These will be one day experiences that will dive into topics with hands-on experience.

    2024 Summer STEP Program Dates:

    • Saturday, June 22nd
    • Thursday, June 27th
    • Friday, June 28th
    • Saturday, June 29th

    2024 Summer Internship Opportunities (Coming Soon)

  • Academic Year STEP

    Opportunities Include:

    Tutoring and Mentoring

    • Virtual and In-Person Opportunities
    • Kaplan Live Online SAT/ACT Prep Opportunities

    Discovery Programs

    • STEM Workshops Presented by Union College Faculty, Staff, Students and STEM Professionals
    • STEM Field Trip Opportunities
    • College Visits

    Research and Curriculum

    • STEM Research Opportunities
    • Curriculum Taught by Union College Professors

    Guardian Series

    • Workshops Provided for the Guardians/Family to Answer Higher Education Questions
    • College Admissions Directors
    • Opportunity Program Directors

    One on One Family/Student Meetings

    • Discussion of Goals
    • Academic Mentoring
    • Time Management Skills
    • College Application Process

Current Students

  • Academic Support Services
    • Get one to one academic support in any subject(s) needed. We will do our best to match you with a good-fit tutor to help you with homework completion, test preparation and study skills development.
    • Receive SAT prep classes with Kaplan Live Online (students in grades 10-12).
    • Senior Meetings - Juniors and Seniors can request a family meeting to talk about goals after STEP.

    Academic Support Request Link

    Please note: tutors are not guaranteed. Tutors are assigned based on availability.