STEP 2022 Program Dates: August 13-20 (on campus at UCSB)

(Move-in August 13; Move-out August 20)

Apply Here! Application Opens May 1, 2022.

Priority Deadline: June 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm.

Note: In order to access the application, you must log in using your email address.

About STEP

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After two years of offering a virtual STEP program, we are excited to announce a hybrid program for STEP 2022. Students will move into the Santa Cruz residence hall on Saturday, August 13 and move out Saturday, August 20. We are excited to provide STEP participants with network-building opportunities, enriching coursework, and opportunities to connect with EOP staff and other staff from various UCSB campus departments on the UCSB campus this year. 

Program Description

The Summer Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP) is a 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 number of EOP first-year students to stay on campus and connect with the campus community before the fall quarter begins
  • Familiarize yourself with the university and its resources.
  • Visit campus departments: Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, Career Services, Student Health, and more (in-person and virtually).
  • 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 writing instruction (courses not graded/not for credit).
  • 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 to help create your own network of support.

​STEP Welcome


STEP Sunset Beach Hike

STEP staff at the beach

STEP staff on beach day