College Site Visits

MESA College Field Trips

Deciding on a transfer institution is an important decision for every student enrolled in MESA.  MESA offers students a great way to get more information; MESA students have the opportunity to visit multiple college campuses throughout the year.

Groups generally spend between 4-5 hours a day on the campus. They tour campus with an undergraduate peer mentor, eat lunch in a dining hall, visit a cultural center, stop by the athletic facilities, and have a customized presentation and hands-on activity presented by a faculty member from different science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs.

This is meant to enhance school curriculum as well as expose students to potential majors or careers. Students learn about life as a college student at a 4-year university and the benefits of continuing their education.

UC Davis – STEM Transfer Day

UC Davis STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) Transfer Day is an annual one-day program for Northern California Community College MESA students interested in transferring to UC Davis with the intention of working toward a degree in a STEM related field. At this event you will be able to:

  • Take a student-led campus tour
  • Visit one of our campus labs
  • Learn about undergraduate research
  • Attend a student panel discussion
  • Chat with UC Davis faculty and students over lunch
  • Hear about internship and career opportunities
  • Find out how UC Davis students are getting hand-on experience
  • Get information on experience
  • Get information on admission and financial aid
  • This free event includes lunch, and transportation is available through your community college MESA office.
UC Berkley – College of Engineering, Engineering Student Services (ESS) 

Engineering Student Services (ESS) can help you optimize your time and maximize your educational experience. We can offer information and how-to’s on everything from choosing a major to planning your post-graduate career. Our extensive support services and high-quality programs will help you navigate your path at Berkeley Engineering and empower you to be your best. The following is a list of program services offered by UC Berkeley ESS:

  • Advising – Engineering Student Services advisers, faculty advisers, departmental advisers, peer advisers
  • Academic support – Center for Access to Engineering Excellence, study groups and workshops
  • Degree requirements and college policy – UC, campus and college requirements, degree worksheets, degree audit reports
  • Register for classes – enrollment in classes
  • Career development – career advising, programs and resources
  • Forms and petitions – College of Engineering, Office of the Registrar, Admissions
  • Newsletter – submissions, policies and archive
CSU Chico – Chico STEM Connections Collaborative - CSC²

The Chico STEM Connections Collaborative - CSC² program offers support, resources, and opportunities to Chico State’s underrepresented students majoring in engineering, computer science, construction management, natural sciences, and agriculture. The purpose of CSC2 is to increase the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates as well as accelerate completion of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses for Hispanic, low-income, or first-generation students. In collaboration with Chico State's Colleges of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management (ECC), Natural Sciences, and Agriculture, the program provides support, resources, and opportunities to program participants. Services include academic assistance and advising, navigating financial aid services and scholarship applications, professional development and career awareness, and undergraduate research opportunities. CSC2 helps transfer students with their academic success by providing comprehensive support services that will allow them to move rapidly into core courses and through program completion. The following is a list of program services offered by CSC²:

  • Individualized academic support/advising
  • Academic assistance, tutoring services and study groups
  • Professional development and career awareness
  • Summer undergraduate research opportunities with CSU Chico faculty
  • Faculty mentoring
  • The STEM Study Center (aka MESA for ECC)
  • Support services for community college transfer students
  • Financial-aid and scholarship assistance
  • Networking and making new friends with the same interests, plus access to career student organizations
  • Graduate and professional school application assistance
  • Job search assistance
  • STEMCAT Mentoring