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Application Information


Important SDSU MESA program application dates:


  • Monday, February 29, 2016:  Application opens up online.
  • Sunday, June 12, 2016:  Application (and supporting documentation) submission deadline.
    • Monday, June 20, 2016:  Applicants will be notified by this date via e-mail of acceptance or denial.
    • Applications are accepted once a year during the months of February-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 to (Applicants may also mail or deliver a copy):
    1. 2016-2017 Financial Aid Award Summary from SDSU AidLink:
    2. Submit a copy of your 2015 Tax Return from the IRS:

Read Before Applying


  • Incoming FRESHMAN students who are accepted into the MESA program will be automatically enrolled in the MESA STEM Learning Community.  Review freshman requirements.
  • Incoming TRANSFER students who are accepted into the MESA program are required to enroll in GEN S 250.  Review transfer requirements.
  • Continuing SDSU students who are accepted into the MESA program do not have any special requirements, unlike the above freshmen and transfer students.


Undergraduate Test Requirements


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. Test dates and info can be found at the links below:


Apply to the SDSU MESA program


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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
  • 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 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)
    • MESA Schools Program
    • MESA Community College Program
    • SDSU EOP
    • LSAMP
    • Pre-MARC
    • Compact for Success/Compact Scholars
  • *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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