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Summer Transition Education Program (STEP) Information

STEP Eligibility

We typically seek college-bound high school seniors, primarily from urban areas. Students must demonstrate that they are academically capable, motivated, disciplined and have a high potential for success; students also must have completed the ACT or SAT.

STEP students often are among the first in their families to attend college and have pursued a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that includes English, math, history, laboratory science and a foreign language. Most have held leadership positions and participated in their school or community through personal projects, employment and extracurricular activities.

Applying to STEP

STEP is a competitive program limited to 25 students each year. Students must apply through the regular decision admission process and the admission committee will consider your application for this program along with the Director of STEP. All application materials to Bentley University are due by January 7th, the regular decisions deadline; this included, a completed common application (including your essay), a high school transcript - including grades from senior year, a recommendation from a guidance counselor, at least one teacher recommendation. Students can submit recommendations from a Bentley alumnus or community partner as well to help provide greater insight into the application.

In addition, you must:
Submit the FAFSA, CSS PROFILE, and all federal tax returns to the Office of Financial Assistance before February 1st in order to receive financial assistance. 


STEP Requirements

Once accepted to Bentley, students will be required to sign a letter of understanding that you will:

Participate in new student Orientation, prior to successfully completing the STEP summer residential experience
Attend all workshops, mandatory meetings and lectures assigned by the STEP director for the first three semesters you are at Bentley
Attain a minimum 2.3 GPA in each of two summer courses and maintain a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA each semester
Scholarships for STEP Students

There are two scholarships available exclusively for STEP students:

Book Scholarship
Robert Alan Study Abroad Scholarship


For more information about STEP, contact Claudette Blot at 781.891.2142 or cblot@bentley.edu.