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Southeastern Oklahoma State University Talent Search

  • Kris Simpson
  • Director
  • 580-745-2420

Program Description

What is STEPS? Southeastern's Talent Search Educational Program Services is a free service for eligible middle school and senior high school students. It is designed to provide academic and career guidance for students who desire education or training beyond high school. Activities for participants are conducted during the year through group presentations, individual counseling, workshops and field trips. Talent Search (STEPS) is part of the Federal TRiO programs funded through the U. S. Department of Education.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Mentoring
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Race & Ethnicity

  • American Indian or Native Alaskan: 24%
  • White: 40%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 11%
  • Other: 3%
  • African American: 21%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 535
  • Middle School: 353
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Southeastern Oklahoma State University