The Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) was established in 1985 by the NYS Legislature to prepare historically underrepresented students in STEM or economically disadvantaged students in grades 7-12 for entry into post-secondary degree programs in scientific, technical, health-related, and licensed professions. Since 1994, Union College has been awarded the STEP grant by the NYS Department of Education to establish collaborative relationships with local schools.

By participating in Union College STEP, local students partner with Union College faculty and students to receive high-quality STEM instruction. Summer STEP is a three-week intensive research-based program. Academic Year STEP includes STEM workshops and field trips, individual tutoring and mentoring, and weekly SAT classes. All program resources and activities are offered at no cost to participants.

For more information about STEP, please visit: STEP or email

Eligibility Requirements

To enroll in STEP, students must:

  • Be a New York State resident
  • Be in 7th – 12th grade (for Summer STEP, you must be entering 7th – 12th grade the following fall)
  • Be a member of a historically underrepresented group (as defined by the NYS Department of Education): African-American, Latino/Hispanic or Native American/Alaskan Native. Or, if you are not a member of one of these groups, you can qualify based on economic need: see NYS STEP Income Eligibility Criteria
  • Show a demonstrated interest in math and/or science, as indicated in the application essay
  • Have an average grade of C+ (77) or greater in math and science courses, and be passing all subjects, as indicated on a current report card