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How To Apply


Monday, May 4, 2020:  Application opens up online.


Sunday, June 7, 2020:  Application submission deadline.  The financial document must also be received by this date.

  • Wednesday, June 17, 2020:  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. E-mail one (1) of the financial documents listed below:
    1. 2020-2021 Financial Aid Award Summary from SDSU AidLink:
    2. Submit a copy of your 2019 Tax Return from the IRS:
    3. Save the file as:  lastname-firstname-documentype.fileextension
      • Example if submitting Tax Return:  smith-robert-tax.pdf
      • Example if submitting Financial Aid:  smith-robert-financialaid.jpg
      • Acceptable file extensions are .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg, .png, .gif.

Requirements for Incoming Freshmen


Incoming FRESHMAN students who are accepted into the MESA program will be automatically enrolled in ENGR 96 (Section 1 or 2).

Engineering 96 (ENGR 96) is a STEM Freshman Orientation Course designed for engineering and physical science majors and is a component of the comprehensive MESA program, taken once during their first Fall semester.  MESA program freshmen will be assisted in adjusting to campus.

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.

Requirements for Incoming Transfers


Incoming TRANSFER students who are accepted into the MESA program are required to enroll in GEN S 250 (Section 1)


General Studies 250 (GEN S 250) is a STEM Transfer Orientation Course is designed for engineering and physical science majors and is a component of the comprehensive MESA program, taken once during their first Fall semester. 


The suppressed schedule # (needed in order to add the course) will be e-mailed by MESA staff. 


Additionally, as members in the MESA program, students may have the opportunity to develop professionally while engaging with alumni and Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific (NIWC) engineers/scientists through the ANSWER program (which is a seperate application and acceptance process).  


View the ANSWER program flyer for more information.

Requirements for Continuing SDSU Students


CONTINUING SDSU students are students who have already completed at least 1 semester at SDSU by the upcoming Fall semester.  Continuing students in the freshmen and sophomore class levels are preferred.  Continuing SDSU students do not have any course requirements.

Apply to the SDSU MESA program


The application for the Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 academic year has closed.  To be e-mailed when the next application cycle opens, complete our SDSU MESA Program Interest List.

SDSU MESA application main 

Eligibility Criteria

Undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or California resident AB540 (with non-resident tuition exemption) and in good academic standing at SDSU majoring in either:


  • 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
The MESA program focuses on either low income, first generation college students or first generation to study in a STEM major.  A majority of the program spots are reserved for first time freshmen and transfer students.  These students will need additional help in matriculation.

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):

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