Prospective Students

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What is STEP

The Special Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP) is a two year program for incoming first generation, low income freshman students. The goal of the program is to provide students with the guidance, skills and resources to be successful at UC Davis.

Summer STEP  

The program begins with a summer residential portion in which students will stay in the dorms for six weeks prior to the academic year. STEP students enroll in six units of summer session courses predetermined by STEP. Courses will focus on either math or writing. 

While adjusting to the rigor of UC Davis courses, students explore campus life, learn to navigate campus resources, and build community that will support them during the academic year. STEP students can expect to attend events around social justice issues, financial readiness, and effective study skills. Students can also expect social events such as a dance, talent show, campus/downtown tours, and recreational activities.

First Year

The STEP program continues into the academic year, to ensure a successful transition. STEP students are required to meet with their Peer Advisor to go over the following quarter’s course schedule. Peer Advisors also do a general check in to get a feel for how STEPper are adjusting to campus and provide necessary support. STEP students are also encouraged to attend one social event hosted by either the Educational Opportunity Program or the STEP team. Events include social events, an etiquette dinner, second year housing event, etc.  

Second Year STEP

STEP students continue to receive guidance into their second year. During this year, programming focuses on professional development skills and career exploration. STEPpers also learn more about getting involved with research, internships and on campus jobs. STEPpers are still encouraged to remain connected with the EOP community and attend events throughout the year.