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University at Albany STEP

  • Meagan Lasky
  • STEP Coordinator
  • (518) 442-9083

Program Description

STEP is part of a statewide body that is funded by the State Education Department. STEP prepares historically underrepresented and /or economically disadvantaged elementary and secondary school students to acquire the aptitude and skills necessary to pursue post-secondary degree programs that lead to professional careers in the scientific, technical, health-related or other licensed professions.

The program also challenges parents and educators to become involved in the process to support the development of our "community of learners". Students are expected to participate in and attend the annual statewide conference.

STEP achieves its goal by offering various programs to individuals who are economically disadvantaged "(income guidelines)", or African American, Latino, Alaskan Native, or Native American 7th - 12th grade students from schools in the Capital District, in particular the Albany City School District UAlbany STEP students benefit from programs that consist of summer and academic year components.

Programs and Services:

  • 1-Credit College Transition Course (UNI 103)
  • Academic Enrichment
  • Afterschool Programming
  • Annual STEP Conference Competition
  • Career awareness/character development activities
  • College & Career Visits
  • Day of Service
  • FIRST Robotics Competitive Team
  • High School & Middle School tutoring
  • High School and College admissions counseling
  • Internships
  • Mentoring
  • Regents exam preparation
  • Research training in the STEM & licensed professions
  • Saturday Programming
  • Standardized test preparation (SAT)
  • UAlbany STEP Summer Institute
  • Services Provided

    • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
    • Career exploration and counseling/internships
    • College admissions guidance and counseling
    • College fairs/campus visits
    • Community service/service hours
    • Leadership development
    • Mentoring
    • Parent/family services
    • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
    • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


    Race & Ethnicity

    • American Indian or Native Alaskan: 1%
    • White: 3%
    • Asian or Pacific Islander: 2%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 20%
    • African American: 74%

    Education Level and
    Number of Students

    • High School: 200
    • Middle School: 76
    • Elementary School: 0
    • Post-secondary: 50
    • Non-traditional: 0

    Populations Served

    • Academically High-performing
    • ESL Students


    • Less than 25%

    Colleges Attended
    by Alumni

    • Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
    • Hudson Valley Community College
    • Schenectady County Community College
    • SUNY at Albany
    • The Sage Colleges