Frequently Asked Questions-STEP:

Q: What are the benefits of participating in STEP?
A: STEP provides students with assistance in their transition to college including, academic preparation, retention, career exploration and empowerment. Once admitted, students receive continuous support through various activities and services.

  • Students will be clustered into groups according to their majors and/or interests. They will be matched with Mentors who will serve as their social coordinator, tutor, and residence hall advisor— during the summer portion of the program.
  • Students will meet with their assigned Faculty Advisor (Mason faculty/staff) for scheduled one-on-one appointments.  They will discuss their academic/interpersonal advances and challenges.
  • Students will have the opportunity to attend a number of career exploration
    workshops, network, and build their résumé.
  • Students will benefit from workshops on topics such as, financial aid, leadership, study skills, time management, diversity, and community service.
  • Because STEP is a multi-year program, students will establish a wide network of friends, staff, mentors and future associates.
  • The numerous components of STEP will give students a head-start in the university community and provide essential resources to build upon their future endeavors.
  • The memories that you build in the summer portion of STEP will leave a lasting
    impression during your time here at Mason and beyond.

Q: Is STEP over after the summer?
A: No. During the fall you will take UNIV 100 as a cohort.  Additionally, there are STEP programs throughout the year to network with other STEP students.  Also, all STEP students have regular meetings with ODIME professional staff for academic check-ins throughout their time at Mason.

Q: What is the difference between STEP and Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education?
A: The Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education office is the office that houses the STEP Program.  STEP is one of the office’s largest initiatives.

Updated on Friday, February 5th, 2016