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 majors and Pre-Computer Science. Committed to “keep moving forward,” the College of ECST will continue providing incoming freshmen with the support and preparation needed before the start of Fall 2021. STEP will be offered this summer using remote learning methods that students can access from the comfort of their own home and time.

If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

STEP 2021 Application

STEP 2021 JULY 1 - JULY 29

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

KEY DATES @ A GLANCE

Application Due

WED • JUNE 9, 2021

Program Dates

THU • JULY 1 - THU • JULY 29

Location & Time

VIRTUAL!

Info Session

FRI • JUNE 11 and MON • JUNE 14
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.

Friday • June 11

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Friday • June 11

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Monday • June 14

3:00 - 4:00 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!

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

STEP prepares Pre-Engineering and Pre-Computer Science 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/or 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 relationship 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. Require Pre-Engineering and Pre-Computer Science incoming freshmen who placed in Math Category I and II 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 2021 incoming freshmen majoring in Pre-Engineering and Pre-Computer Science in the College of ECST who place in Math Category 2.

IMPORTANT: ECST incoming freshmen who placed in Math Category 3 or 4 will NOT participate in STEP. Math Category 4 students are required by the university to attend Early Start and Math Category 3 students are highly encouraged to participate in Early Start as well.  Students who place in Math Category I are encouraged to participate in STEP and will receive an invitation via email around mid-May.

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 3 and Math Category 4.
  4. 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 2021 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: Accept your Cal State LA offer of admission no later than May 1st by submitting your Enrollment Confirmation Deposit (ECD).
  2. STEP 2021 Application: Complete the 2021 Remote STEP Application 
  3. Attend one of the Virtual STEP Information Session for students and parents:
    FRIDAY • JUNE 11 from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
    FRIDAY • JUNE 11 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
    MONDAY • JUNE 14 from 3:00 - 4:00 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.

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]