STEP Into Stem

Student Transition for Enrichment and Performance into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

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.

Program Goal

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

Program Objectives & Benefits

Students will…

  • improve their mathematics skills using ALEKS placement software facilitated by a math instructor
  • 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.
  • be guaranteed admission into the EXCEL Learning Community that will provide academic and social support.

Program Dates

Summer 2018: July 9th – July 19th

Mandatory Orientation: Saturday, June 23rd

Eligibility Requirements

  • Incoming freshman enrolling Fall 2018 at CSULB must submit “intent to matriculate”
  • Be a pre-major in the College of Engineering or the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Has not completed any ALEKS mathematics modules


  • Build a network and STEM community with peers, faculty, and staff
  • Engage in professional development opportunities
  • Enhance your academic preparation
  • Familiarize yourself with campus resources and services
  • Guaranteed admission to the EXCEL Learning Community

If Accepted:

  1. Should not complete any ALEKS mathematics modules (completion of ALEKS is part of program)
  2. Participate in the STEP into STEM Summer program for the full 2-weeks
  3. Attend mandatory orientation with parent or legal guardian
  4. Commit to participate in the EXCEL Learning Community class during your freshman year (more information at SOAR)

How to Apply:

Prepare to write one short paragraph on the following 2 questions:

  • What do you hope to gain by participating in the STEP into STEM program?
  • What are your career goals?


  • One copy of your high school transcripts
  • 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


Application Deadline:

  • Complete online application (available March 2018)
  • Due: April 21st