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The Summer Transition at Eastern Program (STEP) / Contract Admissions Program (CAP) is a summer bridge program designed to prepare students for the rigors of college coursework at Eastern.

It is designed for highly motivated high school graduates who are seeking to gain admission to Eastern.  Students take two college-level courses and receive individualized academic support, instruction on writing, time management, test preparation, and public speaking skills.

STEP/CAP is an alternative path to admissions for students who have already applied to Eastern. After successfully completing STEP/CAP, students are then offered admission as part of the Fall incoming freshman class.

To learn more, please review the STEP/CAP Overview letter here.


Goals of the program:

  • To make higher education available to deserving students.
  • To ease the transition from high school to college.
  • To offer students the opportunity to take college credit-bearing courses.
  • To promote the academic and social attitudes needed for students to become successful and responsible undergraduates.
  • To guide students through the four-year commitment to graduation.


To be considered for the 2021 cohort, students must complete the steps listed below. Financial aid packages are provided for students after completing the below steps.

Next Steps for Fall 2021 Cohort:

  • We are no longer offering live informational presentations or interviews at this time. If you are still interested in participating in STEP/CAP, please connect with Sierra Colon as soon as possible at 


  • Once students have attended an informational session and completed their interview, students may submit their writing prompt.

    Please answer the below question to the best of your abilities. Your response should be at least 500 words. Your prompt should be submitted within one week of your STEP/CAP interview and sent to as an attachment.

    Please name and save the document as LastNameStepPrompt. For example: ScottStepPrompt

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sierra Colon via email at or phone at (860) 397-6759.

    Writing Prompt Question:

    "Based on the information you have learned about STEP/CAP, please express why you are a good fit for the program and how STEP/CAP would help you be successful at Eastern."


  • The program's cost is based on financial need, as determined by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

    Students and families need to complete FAFSA by March 1st and add Eastern to be considered for need-based aid for the summer and academic year. 

    Eastern's Code: 001425

    Financial aid packages are provided for students after completing the above steps.  

    To learn more about financial aid at Eastern, please continue to our financial aid website.

  • The Office of Admissions offers in-person or virtual tours for students who have yet to see our campus for themselves.

    We highly encourage you to join us for a tour if you haven't done so yet. You can register for a tour via our Admissions Visit page. 

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Admissions Counselor & STEP/CAP Liaison

Sierra Colón


Phone: (860) 397-6759

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Once a student has completed the required steps, they will receive their official STEP/CAP admission decision within 2-3 weeks. If accepted, their letter will include their student ID and enrollment checklist.