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.
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.
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
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.
The San Diego Mesa College school colors are blue, gold and white. The school mascot is the "Olympians."
The San Diego Mesa College "Olympians" athletics teams compete in 20 men and women's intercollegiate sports, including:
- Cross Country
- Swimming and Diving
- Track and Field
- Water Polo
- Cross Country
- Swimming and Diving
- Track and Field
- Water Polo
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.
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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||69%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||69%||$4,578|
|Receiving Student Loans||3%||$3,143|
Admissions, Academics, & 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 College||San Diego County||California|
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)
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,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Personal and Culinary Services
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to San Diego Mesa College.
- San Diego Miramar College in San Diego, CA (8 miles away)
- Grossmont College in El Cajon, CA (9 miles away)
- Cuyamaca College in El Cajon, CA (14 miles away)
- Southwestern College - Chula Vista in Chula Vista, CA (15 miles away)
- Palomar College in San Marcos, CA (24 miles away)