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MESA Monday


MESA Monday is the day you receive program information and/or reminder e-mails.  If you are not receiving the MESA Monday e-mails, please contact MESA staff as your e-mail address may be outdated or you may have been dropped from the SDSU MESA program.

Participation Policy


Minimum participation to remain in the SDSU MESA program:



Drop Policy


Students are dropped from the MESA program after every Add/Drop period and annually during the summer if:

  • Do not meet minimum participation requirements during the academic year
  • Academic status changes with SDSU (e.g. no longer enrolled, graduated, etc.)
  • Change to a non-Engineering or non-Physical Sciences major

Letter of Recommendations



  1. Choose 1 MESA staff for request.
  2. Submit request 3 weeks prior to due date.
  3. Provide information about the program/scholarship you are applying to.
  4. Include any forms needed from the program/scholarship you are applying to.
  5. Provide copy of unofficial transcript(s).
  6. Provide statement of purpose.
  7. If not an online request, provide an addressed envelope for the letter along with the letter's due date.
Following the steps above is necessary for the MESA staff to write a strong recommendation and requests not following this policy may not be granted. 


Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view. To download Adobe Acrobat Reader go to

MESA Student Handbook



Students new to the MESA program at SDSU receive their Handbook at the MESA New Student Orientation/Fall Student Meeting.



  • If you don't write it down, it didn't happen.
  • Keep it simple!
  • Work smarter, not harder.

MESA Principle


  • If you're early, you're on time.
  • If you're on time, you're late.
  • If you're late, YOU'RE FIRED!

Foundations for Learning

  • Creator vs. Victim 
  • Early Alert
  • Engage, Education, Empower
  • College Readiness Pyramid
  • Learning Styles
  • StrengthsQuest


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