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Summer Transition to ECST Program (STEP)

The Summer Transition to ECST Program (STEP) is for all incoming freshmen in the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology majoring in Pre-Engineering, Pre-Computer Science, and Pre-Engineering Technology.

The College of ECST will continue providing incoming freshmen with the support and preparation needed before the start of Fall 2022. STEP will be offered this summer using remote learning methods that students can access from the comfort of their own homes and time, and one in-person day on the Cal State LA campus.

STEP Application

Information on how to apply has been emailed to all eligible incoming freshmen in the College of ECST. Please check your Cal State LA email and your preferred email address.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

STEP is for all incoming freshmen in the College of ECST, majoring in Pre-Engineering, Pre-Computer Science, and Pre-Engineering Technology.

STEP prepares Pre-Engineering, Pre-Computer Science, and Pre-Engineering Technology incoming freshmen to be successful in their course of study at Cal State LA by facilitating the transition from high school to college, reinforcing and developing math skills necessary to meet ECST major requirements, and building community.

Students meet other students in their college, connect with ECST student organizations, obtain general information about the campus, and begin their relationships with their academic advisors and faculty.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

What are the goals of STEP?

  1. Effectively prepare students for the challenge of college work in mathematics and success through targeted instruction.
  2. Increase the retention and graduation rates of undergraduate students and improve their time-to-degree completion.
  3. Provide students with the necessary skills to help them evolve effectively academically and personally.
  4. Graduate the highest-potential, career-ready ECST students. 

The goals are to be met through the following objectives: 

  1. Invite Pre-Engineering, Pre-Computer Science, and Pre-Engineering Technology incoming freshmen who placed in Math Category I, II, and III to attend.
  2. Assess student's math readiness through ALEKS PPL and provide each student and their corresponding instructor with a report summarizing their strengths and weaknesses in math.
  3. Cohort students based on their first assessment score and individual needs.
  4. Connect participants with student leaders, student organizations, advisors, and faculty.
  5. Provide students with the skills to help them evolve and become more effective in their personal lives.

STEP GENERAL INFORMATION

HOW ARE STUDENTS PLACED INTO STEP?

When students are admitted to Cal State LA, the university looks at various measures to determine their Math and English placement category. CSU places students into one of four categories in Math and English. STEP is required for all Fall 2022 incoming freshmen majoring in Pre-Engineering, Pre-Computer Science, and Pre-Engineering Technology in the College of ECST who place in Math Category 1 and 2. Math Category 3 students are also highly encouraged to participate in STEP this summer as well, although these students will have a choice to participate in the Early Start Program instead.

IMPORTANT: ECST incoming freshmen who placed in Math Category 4 will NOT participate in STEP. Math Category 4 students are required by the university to attend Early Start.

EXEMPTIONS FROM STEP 

The following students are exempt from participating in STEP: 

  1. Students who have earned college credit for Calculus 1.
  2. Students who earned a score of 4 or higher on the AP Calculus AB or BC.
  3. Students who placed in Math Category 4 are required to participate in Early Start.
  4. Students who placed in Math Category 3 and who choose to participate in Early Start instead of STEP.
  5. EOP students who will participate in EOP Summer Bridge. 

HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN STEP? 

If you are not sure about your math placement category, do not worry! We got you! Expect to receive a formal invitation to STEP 2022 in May (around the 2nd or 3rd week) via email from the College of ECST once your Math Placement Category has been verified. 

WHAT DO I NEED TO PARTICIPATE IN STEP 2021? 

  1. Enrollment Confirmation Deposit: Pay your Enrollment Confirmation Deposit (ECD).
  2. STEP 2021 Application: Complete the 2022 Remote STEP Application 
  3. Attend one of the Virtual STEP Information Session for students and parents:
    FRIDAY • JUNE 17 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    SATURDAY • JUNE 18 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  4. 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.  

Contact:  For additional information regarding STEP, to discuss specific concerns, or set up a phone appointment, please contact the ECST Student Success Center (ESSC) at [email protected] and one of the professional staff will be glad to help answer your questions and address your concerns.

STEP 2022 JULY 5 - JULY 29

Students will learn remotely from the comfort of their own homes and have the flexibility to pick the best time of day to complete their coursework.

KEY DATES @ A GLANCE

Application Due

WED • JUNE 15, 2022

Program Dates

TUE • JULY 5 - FRI • JULY 29

Location & Time

MON, TUE, THUR, & FRI - Remote & Asynchronous
WED - 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.In-person at Cal State LA

Info Session

FRI • JUNE 17 and SAT • JUNE 18
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. by ZOOM
You only need to attend one session.
See options below.

STEP Virtual Information Sessions

Please select the date and time that best fits your schedule.
You only need to attend ONE session.  
The Info Session's Zoom link will be sent by email one day before.

DATE TIME
Friday • June 17 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Friday • June 18 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The information sessions are for students and parents/guardians. Please contact us with any STEP questions or concerns. We're here to make sure you feel confident and ready to start STEP and join the Cal State LA, ECST family!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is STEP mandatory?

Yes. STEP is required for all pre-engineering, pre-computer science, and pre-engineering technology incoming freshmen in the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology.

What happens if I do not attend STEP?

STEP gives you the opportunity to start in Calculus I, which is the desired starting point for your major. Without STEP, you may not be able to start on track for timely graduation.

What are the dates for STEP?

July 5 – July 29, 2022, Monday through Friday. The program will take place in-person one day out of the week (Wednesdays), from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. On all other days, the program will be conducted remotely via Zoom and asynchronous.

Is STEP free?

Yes, STEP instruction is free for all students. However, when coming to campus during the in-person day (Wednesday), students will need to provide their own transportation, meals, computer, and parking.

Will my Calculus Advanced Placement score exempt me from STEP?

Yes. An AP score of 4 or above in Calculus AB will exempt you from STEP. If you do not know your score yet, make sure to register for STEP. When you receive your score and verify that you are eligible for an exemption, please communicate with our office.

Will I be excused from the program to attend an appointment or another activity?

Yes. If you need to attend an appointment (i.e., doctor appointment) or another activity (Golden Eagle Orientation), you will be excused from attending STEP on that day. Make sure to communicate with your instructor if you will be out of class.

My friend/sibling did not get invited to participate in STEP; may I share the information with him?

No, we would rather that you do not because participation in STEP is by invitation only. Only eligible students based on their math category (Category II/III) are invited. Also, some students may also be required to participate in a different program during the summer. Your friend should contact our office to verify if he/she is eligible to participate in STEP.

I am an EOP student. Will I be able to participate in STEP?

If you are an EOP student, you may be required to attend EOP Summer Bridge, and you may not be able to participate in STEP. Make sure to check with the EOP office.

May I participate in STEP instead of Early Start?

No. If you have received an email telling you that you are required to participate in Early Start, then you are not eligible to participate in STEP. Please make sure to attend Early Start since it is a University requirement for some students.

If I do not have a computer, will I be able to borrow one?

Yes, if you do not have a laptop, you may be able to borrow one through the Dean of Students Office for the duration of the summer program.

What is the purpose of the STEP Dorm Experience?

The purpose of the STEP Dorm Experience is to give incoming freshmen the opportunity to build community by engaging with other incoming freshmen, student leaders, staff, and faculty.

Is the STEP Dorm Experience mandatory?

No, the STEP Dorm Experience is not mandatory. Students are highly encouraged to attend but not required.

Is space limited for the STEP Dorm Experience?

Yes. Only the first 100 STEP participants will be able to participate on a first-come-first-served basis. Make sure to save your spot today!

When will the STEP Dorm Experience take place?

The STEP Dorm Experience will take place from Friday, July 8 to Sunday, July 10th.

  • Friday, July 8, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 9, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 10, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Is the STEP Dorm Experience free?

Yes, the STEP Dorm experience is also free! The STEP Dorm Experience includes lodging (double-occupancy room), meals, activities, and supervision, at no cost to all STEP participants. Participants will need to provide their own transportation to and from the Cal State LA Housing.
 

What do I need to bring with me if I participate in the STEP Dorm Experience?

You will need to bring your own bed sheets, pillow, cover, towels, toothpaste and toothbrush, soap, shampoo, comfortable shoes, and clothing for 3 days.

Will l need to attend class via Zoom on Friday, July 8, if I am participating in the STEP Dorm Experience?

No. Your instructor will excuse all students from class who are participating in the STEP Dorm Experience.

CONTACT

For additional information regarding STEP, to discuss specific concerns,
or set up a phone appointment, please contact the professional staff at
ECST Student Success Center (ESSC) at [email protected]