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Student Transition Engineering Program (STEP)

STEP Group photo on the steps of Burruss Hall

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STEP is a 5-week summer bridge program for first-year students entering the College of Engineering.   

The STEP program will be held Sunday, June 23 - Saturday, July 27, 2024. Important Dates:

Applications are now open. 

Applications close: Friday, May 31, 2024

Acceptance Notifications: Friday, June 7, 2024

The purpose of STEP

  • To provide incoming College of Engineering students an opportunity to become familiar with the Virginia Tech university community prior to the start of their academic career.
  • To provide academic enrichment in selected subjects historically difficult for first-year students.
  • To provide incoming engineering students opportunities for personal and professional development.
students on a lab tour

 If you are selected to participate, you will experience a unique opportunity to network with peers, instructors, and industry representatives in an intensive academic environment during the summer prior to your freshman year.

The goal of STEP is to ease your transition from high school to Virginia Tech by providing a weekly activity schedule similar to what you may encounter as a first-year student. Additionally, through participation in STEP we hope you know how to access support resources for academic support, career professional development, and personal support during your time at Virginia Tech.

During the five weeks, you will be provided instruction in chemistry, mathematics, and engineering fundamentals. You will also participate in seminars that introduce you to the research and industry side of engineering and emphasize study skills and time management.

Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity

220 Gilbert Street (MC 0275)
Blacksburg, Virginia, 24061
Phone: (540) 231-7411
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