Bartkowski was a consensus All-American his senior season in 1974 at the University of California, Berkeley when he led the nation in passing. In 1972, Bartkowski threw for 944 yards with 4 TD vs 13 INT. In 1973, he threw for 910 yards with 4 TD vs 7 INT while continuing to split time with QB Vince Ferragamo as he did in the previous season. In 1974, he threw for 2,580 yards with 12 TD vs 7 INT with 182 completions on 325 pass attempts. In addition to playing college football, Bartkowski was also an All-American baseball player at first base for the Bears.
Bartkowski is currently on the Falcons Board of Directors. He has a wife, Sandee, and two sons, Philip and Peter, and resides outside Atlanta. Steve's first son Philip is married to Robin Fortin, the sister of former Falcon's lineman Roman Fortin. In 2012, Bartkowski was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.