Student Transitional Experiences Program (STEP)
The Student Transitional Experiences Program (STEP) supports students who are making the junior-year transition from a Commonwealth Campus to the University Park campus. The program is held over six weeks during the summer before students’ first full semester at University Park. Through STEP, students can learn to navigate their new campus; develop supportive relationships with faculty, staff, and fellow students; and get ahead or catch up in their degree programs. Students take two, 3-credit summer courses and receive an award of at least $1,500 toward their summer tuition.
The program provides students with a range of resources to prepare them for success at University Park:
- All students are assigned a mentor who organizes social events throughout the summer, enabling change-of-campus students to build connections with one another, and who can answer students’ questions about life at University Park.
- Through a six-week workshop series, STEP helps students to connect with opportunities for engagement at University Park such as undergraduate research and student organizations.
- Program leaders are available to provide guidance to students who are interested in securing on-campus employment.
More than 50 percent of students who graduate from University Park begin their studies at another Penn State campus.
Frequently Asked Questions
Has COVID-19 affected STEP?
During the coronavirus pandemic, conditions may require that students complete elements of the STEP program remotely.
How much financial support can students receive through STEP?
STEP participants may be eligible for scholarships greater than $1,500 depending on the availability of funds.
Who can participate in STEP?
STEP is open to any student who is transitioning to the University Park campus from another Penn State campus, including Penn State World Campus.
How can students begin their Penn State education at a Commonwealth Campus and finish at University Park?
Students can begin their studies at a Commonwealth Campus and complete their degrees at University Park through the 2+2 plan.
Get in Touch about the Student Transitional Experiences Program (STEP)
Director, Office for Summer Session
301 Bank of America Career Services Center
University Park, PA 16802