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.

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.
  • 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, 2018 , Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00pm

Mandatory Orientation: Saturday, June 23rd

Eligibility Requirements

  • Incoming freshman enrolling Fall 2018 at CSULB (must submit intent to matriculate by May 1st, 2018)
  • Be a pre-major in the College of Engineering or the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Placement in pre-calculus and trigonometry or calculus 1 (for more information on math placement
  • Register to participate in SOAR in July or August (no June dates)

How to Apply:

  • Complete online application 
  • Prepare to write one short paragraph on the following 2 questions:
    1. What do you hope to gain by participating in the STEP into STEM program?
    2. What are your career goals?
  • Upload:
    • 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

                Apply Today

Application Deadline: May 13, 2018 at 11:59pm

Deadline has been extended to May 20, 2018 at 11:59 pm

If Accepted:

  • Commit to participate in the STEP into STEM Summer program for the full 2-weeks
  • Attend mandatory orientation with parent or legal guardian on June 23rd, 2018
  • Register for SOAR date in July or August
  • 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.”