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STEP 2016 Group Photo

STEP 2016 Group Photo

Summer Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP)

Program Dates: August 19th - August 26th, 2018

The STEP 2018 Application opens May 1, 2018. 

Priority Deadline: June 1, 2018 at 11:59 pm.

Final Deadline: June 15, 2018 at 11:59 pm.


Note: STEP does not replace Orientation. EOP highly encourages all students to attend a freshman orientation session. For more information about Orientation sessions, please visit the Orientation Program website.

The Summer Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP
) is a one-week summer residential program for incoming first-year students in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). The purpose of STEP is to facilitate the transition of EOP students to UCSB. The STEP student staff serve as mentors to participants and are able to answer questions from a current student's point of view. During STEP, students receive an introduction to college-level coursework. Workshops, lectures, and other programs provide opportunities for students to learn outside the classroom. Students discover ways to enrich their college experience and cultivate a sense of belonging to the UCSB community.

Program Highlights

  • Be among a select few incoming EOP first-year students to stay on campus before the fall quarter begins and become familiar with the university.
  • Visit campus departments: Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, Career Services, Student Health, and more.
  • Live in a UCSB residence hall and eat in the dining halls.
  • Learn about UCSB coursework and professor expectations by taking introductory courses with specialized math and writing instruction.
  • Connect with other EOP first-year students to build your social network before the fall quarter begins.
  • Meet various UCSB staff members, including EOP counselors, to foster relationships on campus and help create your own network of support.
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​STEP 2014 Welcome

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STEP 2016 Beach Hike

STEP staff at the beach

STEP 2017 staff on beach day