Science and Technology Entry Program

The Iona College Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) offers a rigorous academic enrichment program designed to prepare students in grades 7-12 for careers in math, science, technology, health-related fields, and licensed professions.

What STEP offers:

  • Enrichment classes in science and math
  • Tutorials and study groups sessions
  • College, Financial Aid, Career and Personal Counseling
  • PSAT & SAT exam prep
  • Skills workshops, leadership conferences, cultural activities and research opportunities

STEP is designed for New York State residents (including permanent resident aliens) in grades 7-12 who belong to groups historically underrepresented in scientific, technical, health-related, and licensed professions, or who are economically disadvantaged. The Iona College STEP Program consists of summer and academic year components.

STEP guidelines require that students be:

  • New York State residents – must have lived in NY State for the last two terms of school prior to entry into STEP, or for at least 12 months immediately preceding the first term of participation in the program.
  • Historically underrepresented in stated careers – Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native American Indians, or Alaskan Natives.
  • Economically disadvantaged – as determined by the state of New York. Students who are not underrepresented (e.g., Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Alaskan Native, or Native American Indian) must meet these income guidelines.

In addition, students must show strong interest in science and math, and have a grade point average of B or above in science and math.

Admission to the STEP program is competitive and requires students to complete this online application.

Guidance counselors, please complete this recommendation form.

For more information, please email Melissa Solis, program director, at

Every student is expected to be courteous and respectful of the rights and property of all participants, staff members and the College. Cell phone use and listening to music are prohibited in class. Failure to follow guidelines can result in expulsion from the program.

Attendance and participation in class are mandatory.

Contact Us

STEP Program

Spellman Hall, Room 210, Second Floor

Melissa Solis, Program Director
Phone: (914) 633-2474

Jermaine Bolton, Program Coordinator
Phone: (914) 633-2223

Abigail Cleare, Career Counselor
Phone: (914) 633-2433

Silmilly Toribio, Math and Science Coordinator
Phone: (914) 633-2240