Each year the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCC0) determines how many students can be admitted to the program and MESA eligibility standards.   All students interested in participating in MESA must meet the academic and disadvantaged criteria established by the CCCCO.   Once a student is admitted to MESA at SRJC, the student remains enrolled in MESA through transfer.

Students - Please Note:  The best way to determine your eligibility is to speak with program staff. While MESA does not deny admissions to a student who meets the guidelines established by the CCCCO, emphasis is placed on the inclusion of students from groups underrepresented in STEM fields.

Academic Criteria

  • Intent to transfer to a four-year college or university
  • Declared transfer major in a calculus-based STEM area, including engineering, chemistry, biology, physics, math, and computer science
  • Educational plan that supports enrollment in a minimum of two sequential courses of pre-calculus and calculus and two sequential courses in biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, or engineering
  • Students who already have earned a bachelor's degree in any major are NOT eligible

Economically and Educationally Disadvantaged Criteria

  • Currently receiving need-based financial aid
  • Has a completed FAFSA or California Dream Act application on file at SRJC
  • Neither parent/guardian holds a bachelor's degree

 Note: If you are unsure about your eligibility, complete an enrollment application and visit the MESA Center in person, where staff will review your application. Your final eligibility will be determined from the responses on your complete, comprehensive application.