Students who are making the junior year transition to University Park after starting at another Penn State campus can take advantage of the Student Transitional Experiences Program (STEP)—a summer transition program for change-of-campus students. STEP students enroll in two summer courses at University Park. One course must meet in person during Summer Session II.* The second course can take place during any summer session and can be an online or in-person course.
Please note: Due to health and safety concerns stemming from COVID-19, all summer courses for 2020 have been moved to online instruction. The STEP Program will still be offered. Students should enroll in at least one University Park course. The second course can be offered through any Penn State campus. Students must still attend the weekly STEP workshops during Summer Session II to qualify for the STEP scholarship. The workshops will be offered virtually.
Through coursework, mentoring, and a 6-week workshop series, students become familiar with University Park people, opportunities, and resources. Benefits of the program include:
- Receive STEP Award of at least $1,500 applied toward summer tuition**
- Stay on track toward graduation requirements
- Connect with opportunities for engagement at University Park such as undergraduate research, student employment, and student organizations
- Connect with faculty and staff at University Park as well as alumni and employers
- Attend events organized by STEP Mentors throughout the summer session and connect with other change-of-campus students
- Receive assistance to identify and secure on-campus employment
* Students from the Smeal College of Business must enroll in BA 342 during Summer Session II as one of their courses.
** Students may be eligible for an award greater than $1,500 based upon the availability of scholarship funds.