Summer Transition to ECST Program (STEP)


Program Description:

Summer Transition to ECST Program (STEP) facilitates the transition from high school to college and prepares students for the rigors of their academic program in the College of ECST before the start of their first term at Cal State L.A. STEP focuses on reinforcing and developing math skills necessary for lower division major requirements during a seven-week summer program on the Cal State L.A. campus.  During the program, students meet other students pursuing their major, connect with ECST student organizations, meet real engineering and tech professionals from industry, obtain general information about the campus and financial aid, and speak to an academic advisor. STEP 2016 will also connect students who need to meet the English Early Start Program (ESP) requirement with the opportunity to take an online English course (ESC 21) during the same dates.

Deadline to Register:  Register online by Friday, May 13, 2016 at the following link: STEP 2016 Registration


Who Must Attend STEP?

STEP 2016 is MANDATORY for ALL incoming freshmen in the College of ECST who will NOT be starting in Calculus 1 during Fall 2016. If you are currently enrolled in AP Calculus and plan to take the AP exam, you must receive a score of 4 or above to be exempt from STEP. Since AP Calculus test scores may be unpredictable, we encourage you to register for STEP 2016 by the deadline to secure a space.  Once we receive your AP scores, you may be exempt from STEP with a score of 4 or 5.  However, since STEP addresses more than math preparation, we encourage even students who pass the AP Calculus exam with a 4 or above to consider participating in STEP. In addition, Technology students who are NOT starting in college level math during Fall 2016, are required to attend STEP 2016 as well.

Additional Exemptions: Since STEP is a commuter program, students who live 35 miles or more away from campus may also be exempt. Housing will be available (at the student’s expense) for the STEP program for those who live further away from campus.



Program Dates: June 20 - August 10, 2016

Schedule:  Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Cal State L.A. Campus

Cost:  STEP is free of cost.  Students will need to purchase textbook(s), meals, transportation and/or parking costs.

Housing: Although STEP is unable to cover the cost of housing, we are glad to assist you with the arrangements at your expense.  Make sure to indicate if you need the program's assistance with housing arrangements on the online STEP Application. Keep in mind that during Summer 2016, the last day any student can reside in the dorms is Friday July 29, 2016 to allow ample time for the Housing Office to prepare for Fall 2016. After this date, any STEP student residing in the will need to make other housing arrangements outside of housing.  We truly apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Questions regarding STEP:  For additional information regarding STEP or to discuss specific concerns, please call the ECST Student Success Center(ESSC) at (323) 343-4574 and ask to speak to any ESSC Staff who will be glad to address your situation.  You may also contact Frances Hidalgo, Director, ECST Student Success Center (ESSC) at: Phone: (323) 343-4574; Email:



1.  Enrollment Confirmation Deposit: Accept your Cal State L.A. offer of admission no later than May 2 by submitting your Enrollment Confirmation Deposit (

2.  STEP 2016 Application: Complete the STEP on-line application by Friday, May 13, 2016. STEP 2016 Registration

3.  Register for English Course (ESC 21) through the Early Start Program (ESP): STEP students with an English Proficiency Test (EPT) score of 0-146 will be required to take an online English class (ESC 21) through the Early Start Program (ESP) during the summer. The goal of this course is to offer students the opportunity to begin critically thinking about college-level writing and to consider the degree to which they are prepared for college-level writing.  The aim is to give students practice employing effective writing and reading strategies.

Instructions on how to register for ESC 21 is forthcoming on the Early Start Program page:

Note:  You must have submitted a FAFSA by March 2, 2016 to be able to access the Early Start English Registration Page.  If you did NOT submit a FAFSA by the deadline, please contact our office immediately so that we may be able to better serve you.     Also, if your EPT score is not within 0-146, you do NOT need to take an English Course during the summer. You will only take math during STEP.

4.  Required Placement Tests: ELM and EPT scores (or an ELM/EPT waiver) are required to participate in STEP. Make sure that you take the ELM and EPT preferably no later than April 23, 2016.  Keep in mind that registration for these tests usually happens at least two weeks prior to the date of the test and the results are usually ready 4-6 weeks after. It is crucial that you do not miss the deadline!  For more information please refer to

5.  STEP Orientation: Attend the STEP Orientation on Saturday, June 4TH from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Cal State L.A., Golden Eagle Bldg., Ballrooms I-III. Free Parking Passes for the STEP Orientation will be distributed at the entrance of Lot 5 from 7:15 - 8:15 a.m.; (Campus Map:

6. Check your email and voicemail regularly. More information is forthcoming via the email address and phone number you’ve provided to the admissions office.  This is the information we will use to communicate with you. If this information has changed, it is crucial that we hear back from you as soon as possible so that we may effectively communicate with you in the upcoming weeks.