Summer Math Transition Program

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Program Details

STEP into STEM is a two-week commuter program for first-time freshmen to familiarize themselves with the social and academic expectations of college, increase preparation and confidence in mathematics, learn to navigate the CSULB campus, and build a network of STEM peers, faculty, and staff.

Students will work with a mentor, learn about the various campus resources & earn one (1) unit of college credit (ESM-100) at CSULB.

Program Goal

To enrich students’ mathematical skills and facilitate their transition to their STEM major at CSULB.

Program Objectives & Benefits

Students will…

  • Complete their mathematics placement using ALEKS, facilitated by a math instructor.
  • Receive one unit of college credit (ESM-100) for successfully passing the class.
  • Learn about academic expectations, campus resources and services at CSULB.
  • Engage in academic preparation and professional development opportunities related to their STEM degree.
  • Network and build camaraderie with fellow peers, mentors, faculty, and staff within various departments related to STEM.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in the STEM EXCEL Learning Community Fall 2019 & Spring 2020.

Program Dates

July, 8 – July 19, 2019

Eligibility Requirements

  • Incoming freshman enrolling Fall 2019 at CSULB (must submit intent to matriculate by May 1st, 2019)
  • Pre-major in the College of Engineering or the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics OR Undeclared with an interest in declaring a STEM major

How to Apply:

  • Complete online application 
  • Prepare to write one short paragraph on the following questions:
    1. Why did you choose your major? What are your career goals?
    2. What do you hope to gain by participating in the STEP into STEM program?
  • Upload:
    • One copy of your unofficial high school transcripts (does not need to include senior year grades)
    • One Recommendation Form (highly encouraged, but not mandatory)
      • A recommendation form completed by your math teacher or school counselor is highly encouraged but not mandatory
      • Download the form
      • Your recommender can email the form directly to
        • Recommender form deadline has been extended

Click to Apply

Application is now closed

If Accepted:

  • Commit to participate in the STEP into STEM Summer program for the full 2-weeks
  • Register for the HSI-STEM Early Start Math 100 Class (Instructions sent seperately)
  • Attend mandatory orientation with parent or legal guardian on June 22, 2019
  • Opportunity to participate in the EXCEL Learning Community class during your freshman year (more information at SOAR) 

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“In STEP into STEM  I've not only gained some problem-solving skills, but the experience of being a college student and how to succeed in your own way.  I've also got to know the college and how to navigate myself.”
“ I learned more about the College of Engineering and the resources that are provided for STEM majors.  I had an awesome experience meeting all the faculty members and was able to get some of the contact information.  Some skills I learned more about were Leadership, Communication, and Working together.”
“I learned where can I get help and how to get around campus.  I improved my speaking skills because I was scared to talk in the beginning”
“I also learned that I actually like collaborating in group work, not because I can't do it by myself, but because I like having reassurance that I'm doing something right and hearing different ways to do something.”
"I gained a better understanding of campus life and the opportunities and assistance it can provide for its students. This experience gave me the opportunity to get to know faculty and my classmates."