STEP will work continue to work remotely and Summer STEP 2021 will offer two virtual sessions.

STEP Summer Sessions Comparison

The goal of the summer portion of STEP is to help students successfully and confidently navigate the transition from high school to college. You will familiarize yourself with campus resources with the guidance of Peer Advising Counselors (PACs), staff, and faculty. In addition, you will have the opportunity to build a social/academic network and complete 6-units of college coursework.

The summer program will be offered during Summer Session 1 and Summer Session 2. Students can indicate that they are able to attend both Summer Sessions, but will only be selected to attend one of the Summer Sessions.

Here is some information to help you figure out which one is right for you.

STEP Session Summer Session 1 Summer Session 2
Program Dates June 18–July 30, 2021 July 31–September 10, 2021
Application Deadline April 16, 2021
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May 1, 2021
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Academic Courses 4 units of an Ethnic and Area Studies course AND 2 units of a transitional course


4 units of a General Education course AND 2 units of a transitional course
4 units of a writing course AND 2 units of a transitional course


3 units of math + 2 units of workload math AND 1 unit of math study skills

Academic Coursework Details

Students selected to participate in either Summer Session 1 or Summer Session 2 will enroll in six units of summer coursework. Enrollment in these courses will be part of the student’s UC Davis academic record and will be predetermined by the STEP staff. Below you will find more information about summer courses offered through STEP.

  • Ethnic and Area Studies courses offered through STEP may include but are not limited to the following: African American and African Studies, Asian American Studies, Chicana/Chicano Studies, Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, and Native American Studies.
  • Summer Session General Education courses will meet either the Topical Breadth or Core Literacies requirement.
  • STEP writing courses will help students either satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement or meet the lower division writing requirement. You can visit the course description page of the University Writing Program to learn more about these courses.
  • STEP math courses are intended to help students prepare for calculus classes offered at UC Davis. Math courses that will be offered this summer are MAT D, MAT 12, a co-class, and study skills course that will help you develop foundational skills needed for calculus. Please note: Some of the math courses are workload courses. Workload units count toward the minimum progress requirement but do not carry units toward graduation credit nor do they factor into a student's GPA.
  • STEP will also offer a transitional course which will help students understand university expectations and support the development of academic and social skills needed to succeed in college.