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San Diego Mesa College

7250 Mesa College Dr, San Diego, CA

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San Diego Mesa College is the largest of three two-year community colleges in the San Diego Community College District in Southern California. The other two community colleges in the district are San Diego City College and San Diego Miramar College. The district also includes six Continuing Education campuses that offer non-credit classes in life skills and enrichment.  The Continuing Education Educational Cultural Complex (ECC) at Mesa offers classes that lead to associate degrees and certificates.

Like its two counterparts, San Diego Mesa College offers associate degree and certificates in occupational programs. Mesa students who wish to transfer to four-year universities to complete a bachelor's degree, can choose from many academic transfer programs in the arts and sciences. Because of its excellent faculty and diverse programs, Mesa College has one of the highest transfer rates in the state.

Mesa College, which opened in 1998, has a beautiful campus with state-of-the-art science labs, an athletics complex and athletic fields, a theatre, fine arts facilities and a Learning Resource Center.

Mesa College is a smoke-free campus, and is committed to preventing the health risks associated with exposure to second-hand smoke. Students and visitors who choose to smoke must do so beyond the campus perimeter. Mesa College is also a Green Campus, with many programs that support eco-awareness and sustainability. Some past events include the Eco-Awareness Series of lectures and events, the EnviroClub Student Recycling program, an Organic Gardening program, Tecolote Canyon Day, and more.

History

San Diego City College was founded in 1914 as San Diego Junior College. It was the first community college in San Diego, and the third community college established in the State of California. San Diego Mesa College opened in 1998, as part of the San Diego Community College District.

Academics

The academic calendar for San Diego Mesa College follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters.

Colleges and Schools

  • School of Arts and Languages
  • School of Business, Computer Studies and Technologies
  • School of Health Sciences / Public Service
  • School of Humanities
  • School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
  • School of P.E./Health Education and Athletics
  • School of Social/Behavioral Sciences and Multicultural Studies

Student Life

There are numerous student clubs and organizations on the Mesa College campus available for student involvement. Student clubs include performance groups, an honors program, service learning, and several groups that focus on academic, cultural or political interests.

Student services at Mesa College include the Learning Resource Center, which provides audiovisual services, a Center for Independent Living, a library and the High Tech Center. Additional services include a career center, counseling, disability support programs, a foster youth program, health services, testing, orientation, tutor centers, a transfer center, veteran student services, and more.

There are also special programs such as Study Abroad, and the Freshman Year Experience.

Traditions

The San Diego Mesa College school colors are blue, gold and white. The school mascot is the "Olympians."

Athletics

The San Diego Mesa College "Olympians" athletics teams compete in 20 men and women's intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo 

Women's Sports:

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Satellite Campuses

San Diego Mesa College has one campus. However, there are two other community colleges in the San Diego Community College District: San Diego City College, and San Diego Miramar College. There are also several sites throughout the San Diego metro area that provide classes through the Continuing Education program within the district.

Community Life

The San Diego Community College District reaches out to business and industry in a variety of ways. The Corporate Council is an advisory opportunity, allowing local business people to provide input into the education process that the district follows to train San Diego's workforce. The Partnerships Program creates strong ties with the region's significant military community, and its technology, transportation, hospitality and business sectors.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $7,800. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $1,100-$1,300
    • Out-of-State: $4,600-$5,558
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $46-$55 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $190-$230 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid69%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships69%$4,578
Receiving Student Loans3%$3,143
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Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, San Diego Mesa College may offer student services including:

  • Online classes
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Assisting students to find work
  • Day care for children

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Many community colleges are not only a source of technical or career training but also a stepping stone for students to transfer-out to a 4-year college, therefore we have included both graduation and transfer rates below and how this school compares against other community colleges in San Diego County and community colleges in California as a whole.

 San Diego Mesa CollegeSan Diego CountyCalifornia
Graduation Rate19.7%23.1%24.3%
Transfer-out Rate20.9%16.6%13.8%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dental Assistant Program
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1961)
  • Radiology Technician Program
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1972)
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by San Diego Mesa College by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Architecture

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades

Engineering

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

History

Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Personal and Culinary Services

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences

Psychology

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Science Technology

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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