Who We Are
MESA is a peer and professional support community whose aim is to increase access and opportunities of success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)-related fields for first-generation, low-income, and under-represented college students. MESA provides resources for students to develop essential academic and leadership skills to achieve success in school, career, life, and STEM-related disciplines.
You are eligible to join if you meet ALL the following criteria:
- You are a first-generation college student, which means that neither one of your parents or guardians completed a college degree. You are still considered a first-generation college student even if you have a sibling that has completed a college degree.
- You come from a historically underrepresented background.
- You come from a low-income household.
- Your goal is to transfer to a 4-year university to study a major that requires at least 2 semesters of Calculus such as: Biological Sciences, Math, Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Sciences, Pre-med, Pre-Pharmacy, or Pre-Dentistry.
DREAMERS or students who are undocumented are also eligible to apply.
Unfortunately, international students are not eligible for MESA, but are welcome to participate in the MESA Student Club.
Consult with a MESA staff member if you have questions about the criteria above.
You may submit an application either online or on paper at the MESA Center, room 125 in the Science Annex, 860 Atlantic Ave. You may be selected to come in for an interview if you appear to meet most of the minimum criteria. After your interview, you will receive an email about your MESA membership.
You must be enrolled in at least 6 units towards your academic goal, meet with a counselor to develop a Student Educational Plan, attend at least 1 MESA event per semester, volunteer at least 2 hours with a community organization related to your field or with the MESA program each semester, and contact your MESA mentor each term. Additionally, if you are a new student to College of Alameda, you must enroll into Coun 201: Orientation to College.
No, the MESA tutoring and study space is open to ALL students. MESA students get priority tutoring, but no one will be turned away.
Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA)
Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Spring 19 Hours: Mon: 11am-6pm, Tues: 12-6pm, Wed: 11am-6pm, Thurs: 12-6pm
Subjects: Math, Chemistry, Biology, Physics
Not all subjects are available at all times listed above.
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