A Learning Community for Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
We help thousands of educationally disadvantaged students become engineers, scientists, and other math-based professionals urgently needed by industry.
Receive a unique combination of enrichment activities, hands-on competitions, academic support, industry involvement, and a supportive community environment. MESA is nationally recognized for its innovative and effective academic development program for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
MESA serves middle school, high school, community college, and university students through local centers throughout California. Since its creation in 1970, MESA has had a strong partnership with industry. MESA also partners with all segments of California higher education as well as K-12 institutions. California MESA's model has been replicated in 12 other states and is the basis for many other programs.
"MESA is one of the most successful STEM programs in California."
Most MESA students are the first in their families to attend college. Most are low-income and attend or have attended low-performing schools with few resources. MESA serves students in pre-college through the MESA Schools Program (MSP), community college students through the MESA Community College Program (MCCP), and four-year college level students in the MESA Engineering Program (MEP).
Apply to join the STEM Center and meet with a Center Coordinator to see if you are a MESA Eligible student.
- If you are a first-generation, financial-aid-eligible student majoring in a calculus-based STEM field, you will likely qualify for MESA.
- If you are not financial-aid-eligible or first-generation but are majoring in a STEM field, you will likely still qualify as a MESA Associate Member.
- If you are not majoring in a calculus-based STEM field, you will likely not qualify for MESA, but you are still welcome to use the resources of the STEM Center if you enroll in our services each semester.
As a MESA Member or Associate, you will qualify for special programs, events, and scholarships throughout the state, so make sure to regularly check your email for more information.
Pictured Below: MESA students getting a last-minute picture together at the annual Happy Valley Leadership Retreat in Santa Cruz.
Contact: Matthew Register
Monday - Thursday, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Portable 603B (in the Portable Village)
Join a community of scholars dedicated to academic and professional success in the STEM fields.
I joined MESA in 2010, almost as soon as I started at ARC with my first calculus class. It was where I went between classes to work on my homework and meet with all of the other students taking the core STEM classes we needed to work through to transfer to the UC of our choice.
MESA was a place for me to network and to receive the general higher education navigation advice that I could not receive otherwise as a first-generation college student. I obtained invaluable personalized guidance and attention from Dr. Will and Mathew Register.
Prior to transferring to UC Davis as a nutritional biology major, I was also fortunate enough to be able to contribute to — as well as further learn from — MESA, first as a tutor and then as a program assistant.
I am currently an M.D. candidate at St. George's University School of Medicine and have just completed my first term with a scholarship.
The support I received from the facilities at MESA has carried me to where I am, and my friendships and networks from within the MESA family have persisted and have been a blessing I could not have otherwise obtained.