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Eligibility Requirements

CSTEP is funded by a grant from the New York State Education Department and was created over 20 years ago to address the shortage of minority and low income students pursuing careers in the sciences, mathematics, engineering, technology, health, or the licensed professions.

CSTEP is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

In order to be admitted to CSTEP, students must:

  • be a New York State Resident;
  • be from an under-represented background (Black, Hispanic, or American Indian/Native Alaskan) ORmeet NYS income guidelines (see table below);
  • be pursuing a CSTEP major or a career in a CSTEP profession; AND
  • have earned a 2.50 or better cumulative grade point average.First year students can be admitted provisionally until GPA is established.

*Income includes student income as well as income from those who claim student as a dependent.

Income Eligibility Criteria for 2014 - 2015

Number of Dependents 2014-2015













*Add $7,511 for each family member in excess of 7.

All students applying under income guidelines must submit documentation along with their application form. The CSTEP staff will assist in identifying the proper documentation to submit.

How do I apply?

Submit completed application form (available through CSTEP office ? 216 Sisson Hall) and an up-to-date rsum.If you are applying under the income eligibility criteria, documentation is required; copies of tax returns are the most common form of documentation.See the CSTEP staff for additional income eligibility information.

CSTEP Majors/Careers:

LIST A: CSTEP Eligible Majors/Minors at SUNY Potsdam

  • Archaeological Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Biology (BA or BS)
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry (BA or BS)
  • 3+2 Program in Chemistry and Engineering (w/ Clarkson)
  • Computer and Information Science
  • 3+2 Program in Computer Science and Engineering (w/ Clarkson)
  • Business Economics (Accounting Concentration)
  • Business Administration (Accounting Concentration)
  • Community Health (BA or BS)
  • Creative Arts Therapy Minor
  • Education (Secondary Science/Math)
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology (BA or BS)
  • 3+2 Program in Geology and Engineering (w/ Clarkson)
  • Mathematics (BA or BA/MA)
  • 3+2 Program in Mathematics and Engineering (w/ Clarkson)
  • Natural Science
  • Physics
  • 3+2 Program in Physics and Engineering (w/ Clarkson)
  • Pre-Law Minor
  • Pre-Medical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

LIST B: CSTEP-Eligible Professions*

  • Acupuncture
  • Architecture
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Audiology
  • Certified Shorthand Reporting
  • Chiropractic
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Dentistry
    • Dentists
    • Dental Anesthesia/Sedation
    • Dental Hygienists
    • Dental Assistants
  • Dietetics-Nutrition
  • Engineering
  • Interior Design
  • Land Surveying
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Law
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Physics
  • Medicine
    • Physician
    • Physician, 3-year limited license
    • Physician Assistants
    • Specialist Assistants
  • Mental Health Practitioners
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
    • Registered Professional Nurses
    • Licensed Practical Nurses
    • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapy
    • Occupational Therapists
    • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Ophthalmic Dispensing
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
    • Pharmacists
    • Pharmacy Establishments
  • Physical Therapy
    • Physical Therapists
    • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Podiatry
  • Psychology
  • Public Accountancy
    • Certified Public Accountants
    • Public Accountants
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Social Work
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Teacher (Science/Mathematics)
  • Veterinary Medicine

* If you don?t see your major on List A, you can be eligible for CSTEP if you plan to pursue a career in one of the fields on List B.