Apply now!  2023-2024 SDSU MESA Application Form*

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


The MESA program focuses on either low income, first generation college or first generation to study in a STEM major students. 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

Application timeline:

  • April 2023:  Application opens up online.
  • Sunday, June 4, 2023 (extended past June 4, closed on June 13):  Application submission deadline.  The financial document must also be received by this date.
  • Thursday, June 15, 2023:  Applicants will be notified by this date via e-mail of acceptance or denial.
  • Tuesday, July 18, 2023:  Application re-opened targeting incoming first years (freshmen), and incoming transfers and continuing SDSU students in engineering.  Applicants will be reviewed based on time stamp of completed application. 
  • To be determined (July/August 2023):  Application will close once the program's remaining spots for the targeted aforementioned students are filled.
  • 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. 
  • Students who miss the deadline or applied and were not accepted are welcome to apply again the following year.
  • Your membership automatically continues (assuming you meet Eligibility and Participation requirements) every year.

Before you apply:

  • You shoud be admitted to SDSU, with a Student ID # (or RED ID #) and e-mail account.
  • Ensure you meet the "Eligibility" listed on this webpage.
  • Have your 2023-2024 SDSU Financial Aid Award Summary:
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  • Understand the "Requirements" listed on this webpage.
  • There is no cost to apply to the SDSU MESA program.
  • There is no cost to be a member of the SDSU MESA program.


Incoming First Year Students

Incoming FIRST YEAR students who are accepted into the MESA program will be automatically enrolled in ENGR 101, Wednesdays, 1400-1450 (2:00-2:50 pm) or 1500-1550 (3:00-3:50 pm), in HH 146, after their acceptance into the MESA program.

The 2 ENGR 101 lectures above are not shown in the SDSU Class Schedule.

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 350 (Lecture - 11612), Wednesdays, 1100-1150 am, in E 201, after their acceptance into the MESA program.

Students will be e-mailed a "Student Specific Permission" (needed in order to add the course) by MESA staff.

GEN S 350 (as of Fall 2023, formerly GEN S 250) is taken once and only offered during your incoming semester (Fall).

General Studies 350 (GEN S 350) 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. 

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.