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.
As I glance back and reminisce on my days at American River College, I realized that MESA has become a part of my identity. The sense of family and support that I was greeted with every day when I would walk in was amazing.
There was always someone to answer academic questions as well as offer advice about school and life in general. During my time at MESA, I was given the opportunity to become a tutor and program assistant. These positions helped me improve my time management, interpersonal, and communication skills.
Furthermore, as a member of the MESA family, I was able to attend a leadership conference in Santa Cruz during which I networked with many students who also were interested in pursuing higher education in the health fields.
In the Fall of 2013, I transferred to UC Davis where I studied biological sciences and English. Within my first year, I joined the Global Medical Brigades and became a volunteer, monitor, and board-member at Shifa Community Clinic, which is a student-run health clinic that provides free healthcare for uninsured patients. As I found my passion in the field of dentistry, I began the creation of a free dental clinic for uninsured patients in collaboration with Shifa Clinic.
My experiences with the MESA program at American River College helped me pave the road to where I am today and where I hope to be in the future. Through MESA, I began to develop a sense of humbleness, love for the community, and service to the underserved. The intellectual discussions with MESA director Dr. Will, MESA family members, and the many other resources guided me towards a life I always dreamed of.