Science Night Physics Demonstration
Message banner from MESA Student Recognition & Awards Reception
MESA students studying engineering physics
MESA students build a catapult at the annual Leadership Retreat
Exxon Mobile Santa Ynez facility industry tour
The Mathematics, Engineering, Science
MESA is an academic program that provides a wide range of support services and activities
aimed at fostering student achievement and increasing the success and participation
they experience while pursuing a degree in mathematics, engineering, computer science,
biology, architecture, kinesiology, or other science based programs. MESA enables
students to prepare for and graduate from a four-year university with a math-based
degree. It also seeks to increase the diverse pool of transfer-ready community college
students who are prepared to excel as math, engineering and science majors. Through
the program, students develop academic and leadership skills, increase educational
performance, and gain confidence in their abilities to compete academically and professionally.
"MESA sets high standards while providing the academic tools needed for helping students
to succeed. This deceptively simple approach is effective and has produced remarkable
Henry T. Yang
Chancellor, UC Santa Barbara
Benefits of MESA
- Enhance your educational experience while completing the first two years of a bachelor’s
- Gain industry knowledge
- Make friends who have similar academic and career interests
- Develop a close relationship with faculty members
- Develop and improve your academic leadership skills
- Raise your educational expectations
- Link with student and professional organizations to enhance your personal and professional
- Access state-of-the-art computer equipment and the Internet
- Orientation courses that transfer to CSU/UC
- Review Sessions, Organized Study Groups, & Tutoring
- Dedicated MESA student study center
- Scholarship and internship opportunities
- Career and leadership development activities
- Book loans (as available)
- Specialized student success seminars
- MESA Club participation
- Student Education Plans (SEP) and academic counseling
- University transfer recognition and support
Santa Maria Campus Room W-21
805-922-6966 ext. 3446
Monday -Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in June, July & August.
If you are a current MESA student you are eligible to schedule an appointment with a MESA Counselor or sign up for an MESA Activity.
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Cal Poly SLO, Aerospace Engineering
I excelled in math and science in school, so engineering was the right fit and I just had to figure out how to get it done. Throughout high school, I took courses at Allan Hancock College (AHC), and graduated as my high school valedictorian. I then attended AHC in search of a smooth transition to a university. I was able to take my lower division engineering courses and form a great relationship with my professors. While at AHC, I received multiple scholarships form the Allan Hancock Foundation, Santa Barbara Foundation, and MESA-NSF Scholarship. I then attended California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, to pursue an aerospace engineering degree. After just one year at Cal Poly, I was accepted into one of the most prestigious internship programs that NASA offers, the Aeronautics Academy.
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