Frequently Asked Questions

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Students will have the opportunity to attend a number of career exploration
    workshops, network, and build their résumé.
  4. Students will benefit from workshops on topics such as, financial aid, leadership, study skills, time management, diversity, and community service.
  5. Because STEP is a multi-year program, students will establish a wide network of friends, staff, mentors and future associates.
  6. 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.
  7. 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