Prospective STEP Students

Students at STEP check in

STEP program model

What is STEP?

The Special Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP) is a two year program for incoming first generation, low income freshman students. The goal of the program is to provide students with the guidance, skills and resources to be successful at UC Davis.

Benefits of STEP

Students that participate in STEP will have the opportunity to meet other students through community building events and networking opportunities. STEP students also receive advising from STEP staff and academic assistance. Students also receive four quarters of priority registration after completing the summer component of STEP. 

Summer STEP

The program begins with a summer residential portion in which students will stay in the dorms for six weeks prior to the academic year. STEP students enroll in six units of summer session courses predetermined by STEP. Courses will focus on either math or writing.

While adjusting to the rigor of UC Davis courses, students explore campus life, learn to navigate campus resources, and build community that will support them during the academic year. STEP students can expect to attend events around social justice issues, financial readiness, and effective study skills. Students can also expect social events such as a dance, talent show, campus/downtown tours, and recreational activities.

Freshman Foundations (Year 1)

During their first year, all STEP students will continue building on the academic and social skills they acquired during summer STEP while integrating into the campus community. This is done through:

  • Participation in a First-Year Aggie Connection
  • Meeting with STEP staff at least once per quarter
  • Attending STEP/EOP sponsored events

Sophomore Success (Year 2)

During the second year, students refine the academic and social skills implemented during their first year while fostering personal growth and professional preparation. This is done through:

  • Referrals to various campus programs and services
  • Meeting with STEP staff for retention advising
  • Attending STEP/EOP sponsored events