The Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) at Russell Sage College is a grant-funded program sponsored by the New York State Department of Education to support talented underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors and licensed professional careers (e.g., nursing, physical therapy, medicine, physician assistant, health science, biology, registered dietician, and occupational therapy) and professional careers (e.g., lawyer, interior design, and psychology).

CSTEP offers academic workshops and seminars, academic support and enrichment, career planning workshops, support in finding research or internship experiences in STEM content areas, and numerous other opportunities critical to student success.

Benefits of CSTEP

  • summer program
  • financial support for undergraduate research
  • financial support for standardized exams or licensing exams
  • travel funding to present undergraduate research
  • workshops
  • field trips

CSTEP Summer Program

Incoming CSTEP-eligible students are invited to participate in a FREE 4 credit Chemistry 111 course which is a requirement for Biology, Nursing and Physical Therapy majors at Russell Sage College.  From July 1 – August 12, class will be held online T/TH from 9:30 a.m.-12 noon. The last week of the CHM 111 course (August 16-20) will be in person on the Russell Sage College Troy campus. Required labs will be held M-F from 1-4 p.m. and the final T/TH lectures will be held online from 9:30 a.m.-12 noon. College readiness workshops and social programming activities will also be scheduled for the last week. The estimated value of this package, including the FREE CHM 111 class, books, room and board, is over $4,000!

Program Eligibility

New York State Education Department CSTEP and STEP Income Eligibility Criteria

* The Income Eligibility Levels for 2018-19 remained the same as the previous year (2017-18).
** For 2019-20, add $7,992 for each family member in excess of eight.

Admission to the CSTEP Program is open to Russell Sage College students at all levels — first year through senior year students, transfer students and graduate students as well as post baccalaureate pre-med students — who meet specific eligibility requirements:

  • New York State resident for at least 12 months
  • African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaskan native
    OR meet the economic eligibility requirements established by New York State
  • full-time undergraduate student
  • intent to pursue a major and career in a STEM discipline or licensed profession
  • minimum GPA of 2.5 overall and 2.5 in the major


Meet CSTEP students and alumni who say the professional preparation and supportive community they found at Sage helped to set them up for success.

“My professors gave me so much one-to-one time and many of them remain mentors to me to this day,” says Health Sciences and pre-med graduate Rachelle Valenzuala Rodriguez.

“Working with Dr. Obuya has taught me a lot, from discipline to organization and learning about research,”  said Biology major and pre-med student Sarah-Gabrielle Casimir ’22 .

Eligible Licensed and Health Professions

Medicine (physician)
Physician Assistant
Physical Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Registered Dietician
Interior Design