Educational Opportunity Program



The Academics component of STEP is designed to orient students to university-level coursework in math and writing. Additionally, students will learn how to use the GauchoSpace system that is used by professors to disseminate assignments and course information during the academic year. Our writing instructors are from the UCSB Writing Program and also teach the Academic Communities for Excellence (ACE) Writing courses during the academic year. Our math instructors are instructors from the Campus Learning Assistance Service (CLAS) and are experts in their fields as well as in assisting students in study skills, test preparation, and various academic skills. 

Campus Community

Campus community programming serves to introduce our students to various campus resources that are necessary and advantageous to visit throughout the duration of their UCSB careers, such as: Financial Aid, BARC, Student Health, The Recreation Center, Career Services, College of Letters & Science, College of Engineering, and more. By the time school starts, participants not only know where these departments are, they feel comfortable visiting and know a staff member in each department. 


Experience group living in an on campus residence hall with other students, led by the STEP Resident Assistants (RA’s). STEP RA’s are current students that have gone through the dorm experience. Do you have questions about sharing a room? How do the showers work in the residence halls?! The residential nature of the program provides a safe space for students to ask these questions and many more related to on-campus living. 


STEP social programming provides an alternative to the typical college social scene. Participants take part in fun, relaxing, and informative activities in which life-long bonds are formed, culminating with the STEP DJ Night. Past activities have included: Evening Spa, Beach Day, Group Capture the Flag, Talent Show, and many others.