About STEP Program

The goal of the Freshman and Transitional Initiatives at LSU is to increase the number of graduates from the College of Engineering. 

The program is designed to build a community of students, faculty and staff.  It is a formalized support system for students that increases student confidence, provides mentoring to K-20 population and develops teamwork and leadership skills for our students.

The average retention and graduation for students who participate in these programs is 9-10% higher than students who do not.  Check out our results here for freshmen programs and peer mentors.

Through this program, LSU's College of Engineering is involved in a number of outreach activities including "Project N'Jneer," a camp for middle school students, and "Geaux Hack," LSU's first creative coding event, a.k.a. a hackathon.

The Freshman and Transitional Initiatives program is supported by the National Science Foundation through STEP I and Ib grants and industry partners.