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How To Apply


Early March 2017:  Application opens up online.


Sunday, June 11, 2017:  Application submission deadline.  The financial document must also be received by this date.

  • Monday, June 19, 2017:  Applicants will be notified by this date via e-mail of acceptance or denial.
  • Applications are accepted once a year during the months of March-June for the upcoming Fall semester.  Students who miss the deadline or applied and were not accepted are welcome to apply the following year.

The SDSU MESA program application is a 2-part process:
  1. Access and complete the online application.
  2. Submit one (1) of the financial documents listed below:
    1. 2017-2018 Financial Aid Award Summary from SDSU AidLink:
    2. Submit a copy of your 2016 Tax Return from the IRS:
The financial document can be sent by any of the following methods:
  • Mailed to the MESA office
  • Hand delivered to the MESA office at E208 (in a sealed envelope)
  • By e-mail to
  • By fax to 619-594-2108 (please include a cover sheet)

Requirements for Incoming Freshmen


Incoming FRESHMAN students who are accepted into the MESA program will be required to participate in one or more components of the MESA STEM Learning Community:


  • Residential:
  • Commuter:
    • Will be automatically enrolled in a ENGR 96 section
    • Will be automatically enrolled in a MATH (141, 150, or 151) and SCI 296 Scholars Seminar (unless Advanced Placement (AP) and/or tests indicate past MATH 151)

Review our MESA STEM Learning Community webpage for details on the ENGR 96 and MATH/SCI 296 sections.

Note - If your selected major requires Math 150 and/or Chemistry 200/202, you will need to take a placement exam before you are allowed to register for those courses.  See links for test dates and info:  


Requirements for Incoming Transfers


Incoming TRANSFER students who are accepted into the MESA program are required to enroll in GEN S 250.

Requirements for Continuing SDSU Students


CONTINUING SDSU students who are accepted into the MESA program do not have any course requirements.

Apply to the SDSU MESA program


Apply online at:

The application for the Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 period has closed.  Please add your information to our 'interest list' so that you can contacted once the application opens again next year. 

SDSU MESA application main 

Majors MESA Serves

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Bio Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Bio Chemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Statistics

Who Should Apply?*

  • Low income (financial aid or tax information will be required)
  • First generation college students
  • First generation to study a Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) major
  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or California resident AB540 (with non-resident tuition exemption)

  • A majority of program spots are reserved for first time freshman commuters and new transfer students.  These students will need additional help with matriculation.
  • There is no minimum required GPA, but you must be in good standing with the university.  Students on Academic Probation will not be considered.
  • Students from the following programs are encouraged to apply (your status in these programs does not make you automatically accepted into the SDSU MESA Program however):

*Students do not have to fall under these categories to apply, however, the MESA program is geared to support these student categories.

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