A group of CSTEP students.

Welcome to CSTEP

The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) is a grant-funded program sponsored by the New York State Department of Education to support talented underrepresented students pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), licensed professions and health-related professions. CSTEP offers key preparation, resources and opportunities critical to student success.

Established in 1987, our enrollment averages 295 students each year. CSTEP has fostered exemplary achievements by preparing and supporting students, who are now doctors, engineers, pharmacists, lawyers, nurses, as well as other STEM and licensed professionals. If you are interested in pursuing a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) or one of the 47 professions licensed by the State of New York, we want to meet you.

CSTEP Careers

CSTEP provides supportive services, resources and activities for its students who are majoring in or intend to major in disciplines which lead to licensed professions or certification by the Board of Regents. These professions include:

  • Architect
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Audiologist
  • Biologist
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Chemist
  • Chiropractor
  • Computer Scientist
  • Dentist
  • Dietitian
  • Engineer
  • Geologist
  • Interior Designer
  • Lawyer
  • Mathematician
  • Medical Physician
  • Midwife
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Physicist
  • Podiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Social Worker
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Veterinarian

Note: If the career you’re interested in isn’t listed, contact the CSTEP office to see if you qualify.


To be eligible for CSTEP you must be:

  • US citizen or Permanent Resident
  • A New York State resident
  • Enrolled full time at UB (You may apply to CSTEP at any time during your college career.)
  • African-American, Latino/Hispanic American, Alaskan Native, Native American OR economically disadvantaged as defined by New York State income guidelines, please contact our office for these guidelines.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Pursuing a licensed profession, health-related profession or a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM)

We have established some guidelines to help ensure that students participating in CSTEP get the maximum benefit from the program. Students accepted into CSTEP must:

  • Maintain good academic standing (a minimum GPA of 2.5 is required)
  • Meet with CSTEP staff twice each semester to monitor educational progress
  • Attend monthly meetings to stay informed about beneficial CSTEP services and activities
  • Attend at least two CSTEP workshops, events or activities each semester
  • Participate in an internship or research experience either paid or unpaid

How Do I Apply?

The application process is simple. However, you must meet with a CSTEP staff member before applying. For more information and to apply, please contact the office at 222 Norton Hall Buffalo, NY 14260, 716-645-2234.

Last updated: March 20, 2018 11:17 am EST

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