CSTEP - Eligibility Info
Opportunity Programs

The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)

Eligibility Requirements

Academic Criteria

CSTEP 2013In order to apply for Utica College's CSTEP program, students must meet the following criteria:
  • NY State resident,
  • African-American, Hispanic, Native American or low-income Caucasian or Asian student (Caucasian and Asian students must meet income guidelines for eligibility)
  • declare and maintain a major in one of the CSTEP-targeted majors
  • earned minimum GPA of 2.5 or better (for continuing students) with the understanding that your cumulative averages must be higher for competitiveness in your prospective field. (Note: We do not accept freshmen until after they have either completed at least one year and have declared a major in a CSTEP-targeted field or completed CSTEP Summer Institute.),
  • if students are pursuing a concentration such as pre-law or pre-med, they must be identified and currently working with the faculty advisors for those concentrations to be eligible for CSTEP consideration. 

Income Guidelines 

(Caucasian and Asian students only) 

The number of members of a household shall be determined by ascertaining the number of individuals living in the student's residence who are economically dependent on the income supporting the student.

For students first entering college income eligibility guidelines:

Number of Members in Household (incl. head of household)Total Annual Income in Preceding Calendar Year



John D. Ossowski, M.S., M.S.W.
Director, Opportunity Programs

(315) 792-3216
(315) 792-3006
1600 Burrstone Road | Utica, NY 13502