Summer Math Transition Program

Program Details

STEP into STEM is a two-week 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.

Participating students will enroll and complete a one unit Early Math Start class as part of the program.

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 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.
  • Opportunity to participate in the STEM EXCEL Learning Community that will provide academic and social support

Program Dates

Application Coming Soon

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 here
      • Your recommender can email the form directly to

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
  • 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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"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."
“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 was available to refresh and build up my knowledge and skills in math with the help of ALEKS”
I learned a lot about how there are multiple ways to solve problems, and that no one way is necessarily better than another.”
“I learned a great deal about the CSULB community, its resources, the people that make up the student body, and I enjoyed myself. Additionally, I feel much more confident about navigating my way around campus than I did before the program.”