April 2021:  Application opens up online.

Sunday, June 6, 2021:  Application submission deadline.  The financial document must also be received by this date.  *Application deadline extended to Wednesday, June 30, 2021, for incoming freshmen in engineering.

  • 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 1 or 2).

ENGR 96 is taken once and only offered during your incoming semester (Fall).

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 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 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.

MESA staff may drop a student from the MESA program if not following through with program requirements or meeting participation policy.

Before you appply, make sure you have either your:
  • 2021-2022 Financial Aid Summary (screenshot example) from SDSU AidLink
  • or a copy of your 2020 Tax Return (example of a Transcript Form 1040) from the IRS.  Be sure to white/black out any and all social security numbers and/or bank account information.
  • 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.

You should also already:

  • Be admitted to SDSU,
  • have an @sdsu.edu e-mail account,
  • meet the "Eligibility" listed on this webpage at the time of your application,
  • understand the "Requirements" listed on this webpage.

There is no cost to apply nor to be a member of the SDSU MESA program.

The 2021-2022 academic year application to apply to join our SDSU MESA program has closed. 

To be e-mailed when the application opens up for the next academic year around April 2022, please complete the Google Form below:

2022-2023 SDSU MESA Program Application Interest List