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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. For the duration of the program, 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. Upon successful completion of the six-week summer program, students are admitted to Eastern full-time and receive additional support services for a successful career at Eastern.

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.


We are now reviewing applicants for the Summer 2022 cohort.  In the meantime, please join us for a tour to learn more about Eastern here.

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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.