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How To Apply


Early March 2018:  Application opens up online.


Sunday, June 10, 2018:  Application submission deadline.  The financial document must also be received by this date.

  • Monday, June 18, 2018:  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. 2018-2019 Financial Aid Award Summary from SDSU AidLink:
    2. Submit a copy of your 2017 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 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.  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.  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 (Section 6)


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.  Additionally, as members in the MESA program, students will have opportunity to develop professionally while engaging with alumni and SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific scientists through the ANSWER program (application and acceptance required) (flyer).

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

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


The application for the 2018-2019 period is now closed.  If you wish to receive an e-mail reminder when the application for 2019-2020 opens up ~March 2019, fill out our interest form.

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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