Monday, May 10, 2021:  Application opens up online.

Sunday, June 6, 2021:  Application submission deadline.  The financial document must also be received by this date.

  • Wednesday, June 16, 2021:  Applicants will be notified by this date via e-mail of acceptance or denial.
  • Applications are accepted once a year during the end of the Spring semester and beginning of Summer semester for the upcoming Fall semester.
  • Students who miss the deadline or applied and were not accepted are welcome to apply the following year.
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):

Incoming Freshmen

Incoming FRESHMAN students who are accepted into the MESA program will be automatically enrolled in ENGR 96 (Section __ or __).

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.

Incoming Transfers

Incoming TRANSFER students who are accepted into the MESA program are required to enroll in GEN S 250 (Section __ or __)

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, taken once during their first Fall semester. 

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

Additionally, students may have the opportunity to develop professionally while engaging with alumni and Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific (NIWC) engineers/scientists.

Continuing SDSU Students

CONTINUING SDSU students are students who have already completed at least 1 semester at SDSU by the upcoming Fall semester.  Continuing students in the freshmen and sophomore class levels are preferred.  Continuing SDSU students do not have any course requirements.

The SDSU MESA program application is a 2-part process:
  1. Access and complete the online application.
  2. E-mail [email protected] one (1) of the financial documents listed below:
    1. 2021-2022 Financial Aid Award Summary from SDSU AidLink:
    2. Submit a copy of your 2020 Tax Return from the IRS:
    3. Save the file as:  lastname-firstname-documentype.fileextension
      • Example if submitting Tax Return:  smith-robert-tax.pdf
      • Example if submitting Financial Aid:  smith-robert-financialaid.jpg
      • Acceptable file extensions are .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg, .png, .gif.

The application for the Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 academic year has closed.

To be e-mailed when the next application cycle (Fall 2021 - Spring 2022) opens, 

complete our SDSU MESA Program Interest List.