Step By Step Institute

Step By Step Institute

Step-by-Step Institute is a unique preparation program focused on students of color who have graduated from high school and have taken a break, but now wish to pursue a university education. It is open to all students of color who have been accepted to St. Catherine University on the Minneapolis Campus who have not earned a BA/BS degree or associate degree. Apply to the next Step-by-Step Institute »

  • The curriculum is designed to prepare individuals to explore and identify career options, build study skills, work with university faculty, staff and students and interact with community.
  • Upon successful completion of the program, individuals receive a scholarship for up to $1500/year to attend St. Catherine University.

In this exciting two-day program students prepare for a successful transition into university life as they:

  • Learn about academic expectations
  • Explore ways to finance a university education
  • Learn more about other cultures on campus
  • Develop successful study and test-taking skills
  • Connect with students re-entering the educational system
  • Assess writing and language skills
  • Address math anxiety
  • Explore career interests
  • Get connected to University resources to help you succeed

Program objectives

At the completion of the program, participants will:

  • Be better prepared for your university career
  • Have a clearer understanding of academic expectations
  • Be more knowledgeable about choices and opportunities for careers
  • Have a network of resources and support services during university
  • Have a portfolio of university information and resources


To apply for the program, applicants must be:

  • Students who are at least 19 years of age
  • A male or female student of color accepted to St. Catherine University on the Minneapolis Campus to start next Fall
  • The program is limited to 25 students. Apply today »

Additional Information


St. Catherine University is committed to addressing all forms of oppression. Through the Office of Multicultural and International Programs and Services (MIPS) we work to create a safe space where people of all races can learn about the impact of racism on our community and society. Learn more »