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Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Program

MESA Eligibility

Academic Criteria:
  • Must be a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) major requiring calculus
  • Enrolled as a full-time student
  • Intend to transfer to a 4-year college
  • Taking 
  • math 160 (trig) or higher semester after apply to MESA
  • 2.4 or higher GPA
  • Plus one of the following:
    • Started college in Elementary Algebra or lower
    •  Neither parent earned a bachelor's degree or higher in any country 
​Economically Disadvantage Criteria
(Students must meet one or more)
  • Eligible for EOPS
  • Board of Governors Fee Waiver
  • Receiving Financial Aid
  • Work-Study Eligible
  • TRIO Programs Participant
For additional information regarding MESA eligibility and/or application filing periods please contact MESA at (714) 564-6373 or drop by L-206.

MESA Components

The MESA components are structured to build an academically-based peer community to provide mutual student support and motivation.
This community of learners is what sets MESA apart from other programs.
  • Student Study Center - multipurpose room where students study, workshops are conducted, and meetings take place.
  • Academic Excellence Workshops - students are scheduled in the same core math and science classes and are instructed how to develop and maintain high academics through group study.
  •  Orientation Courses - introductory course highlighting academic and social adjustments to college as a MESA major.  Program goals and expectations are outlined with participating students.
  •  University Transfer Assistance - field trips to universities, admissions applications workshops, financial aid, and academic advisement.
  •  Career Advising - introduction of career opportunities and information related to science majors (i.e., summer internships, lecture series).
  •  Links with Student/Professional Organizations - mentors, guest speakers, and industry opportunities are provided. Student organizations are highly encouraged as part of a MESA student's active participation and they include 1) SHPE/MAES Club and 2) Premedical Students Association.
  • Professional Development Workshop Workshops - workshops are offered to students each semester in order to increase awareness of careers in the sciences and improving study skills.
  • Industry Advisory Board - relationship establishments between students and the industry leaders.  The board provides scholarships, strategic planning, summer internships, field trips and other students services resources.


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