Application Dates

  1. April 2023:  Application opens up online.
  2. Sunday, June 4, 2023:  Application submission deadline.  The financial document must also be received by this date.
  3. Thursday, June 15, 2023:  Applicants will be notified by this date via e-mail of acceptance or denial.
  4. Note:  Applications are accepted once a year during the end of the Spring semester and beginning of the Summer semester for the upcoming Fall semester. 
  5. Students who miss the deadline or applied and were not accepted are welcome to apply again the following year.


Before You Apply

  1. You shoud be admitted to SDSU, with a RED ID and @sdsu.edu e-mail account.
  2. Ensure you meet the "Eligibility" listed on this webpage.
  3. Have your 2023-2024 SDSU Financial Aid Award Summary
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  4. Understand the "Requirements" listed on this webpage.
  5. There is no cost to apply nor to be a member of the SDSU MESA program.


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 year and transfer students.  These students will need additional help in matriculation.

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 declared in any of the following STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) majors:

Engineering majors:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Bio Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Construction Management (new as of Fall 2022)
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Physical Sciences majors:

  • Astronomy
  • Bio Chemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Statistics


Incoming First Year Students

Incoming FIRST YEAR students who are accepted into the MESA program will be automatically enrolled in ENGR 101 (Section #1 or #2).

ENGR 101 is taken once and only offered during your incoming semester (Fall).

ENGR 101 is a STEM First Year Orientation Course designed for engineering and physical science majors and is a component of the MESA program.  MESA program First Year Students 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 Transfer Students

Incoming TRANSFER students who are accepted into the MESA program are required to enroll in GEN S 250 (Section #1)

GEN S 250 is taken once and only offered during your incoming semester (Fall).

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 who are now engineers or scientists in the STEM industry.

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.


2022-2023 SDSU MESA Application Form

When completing the SDSU MESA Application, you'll need to sign-in using your @sdsu.edu (Google) credentials.

The 2022-2023 SDSU MESA application is now closed.  To be e-mailed a reminder to apply around April 2023 for the next academic year 2023-2024, please complete our SDSU MESA Program Interest List Form.