MESA - Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement Program
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Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Program

MESA Community College Program (MCCP), part of the MESA Undergraduate Program, provides support to community college students who are majoring in math or science so they excel academically and transfer to four-year institutions.

The program has received outstanding results providing a diverse pool of transfer-ready students who are prepared to excel as math, engineering and science majors. MESA's rigorous academics, leadership preparation, and collaborative problem-solving training have helped produce transfer students who graduate as part of the high-tech workforce that is so urgently needed by industry.

What is MESA?

MESA is based on a rigorous academic program that uses various components to support students pursuing math and science based degrees. Program components build an academically based peer community to provide student support and motivation. This community of learners, with a very specialized focus, is what sets MESA apart from other student success programs.

MESA creates a strong partnership between staff, advisors, school district officials, university professors and administrators, industry members, and parents. Industry involvement is especially strong since companies recognize MESA's ability to produce highly trained profession.

MESA's Goal

The goal of the MESA Program is to increase the number of economically disadvantaged (eligible for financial aid) community college students who transfer to four-year institutions and successfully attain math and science-based degrees.

Student Eligibility

MESA serves educationally and financially disadvantaged students and emphasizes participation by students from groups with low eligibility rates to four-year colleges. MESA focuses on students majoring in Mathematics/Engineering/Sciences who will transfer to a university. To be eligible for the MESA Program, You need to meet the following criteria:

  1. Enrollment in Math 170 or above
  2. Pursue a calculus-based math, engineering or science transfer major
  3. Plan to transfer to a four-year college/university
  4. Have a GPA of 2.5 or above
  5. Financial need (receive financial aid)
  6. Educationally Under-Served

Program Objectives

  • Increase college retention and transfer rate to four year institutions
  • Provide enrichment in mathematics and science based courses
  • Establish a mentoring program involving faculty, upper division students, and science/health professionals
  • Increase the number of underrepresented students who graduate with degrees in math, science and engineering
  • Assist in application and transfer to four-year institutions

What does the program offer?

  • Enrichment in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and other related sciences
  • Academic Excellence Workshops
  • Enhancement of study skills
  • Academic advisement
  • Career planning and assistance with the transfer process
  • Career information
  • Leadership training
  • Goal setting
  • MESA orientation
  • Networking opportunities
  • Conferences
  • Mentoring
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid resources
  • Internship and Summer Enrichment programs
  • Employment opportunities

How do I apply to the MESA Program?

What is my responsibility to the MESA Program?

To obtain the most out of your MESA experience you are encouraged to do the following:

  • Be committed to your studies and strive towards a competitive GPA {At leat 3.0}
  • Enrolled in at least 12 units every semester including appropriate STEM courses
  • Meet with MESA counselor at least once a semester to ensure that you meet your educational objectives
  • Be proactive participating in MESA activities and utilizing program resources
  • Submit personal statement and resume (MESA provides support sessions on these topics)
  • Follow up with program staff for Personal Success Plan (PSP), if required