MESA is for Calculus-based STEM students who meet the following eligibility:

  • Declare a calculus-based major in math, science, or engineering
  • Plan to take two consecutive STEM courses after pre-calculus (math 003+Math 008, or Math 009) and Calculus I
  • Are educationally impacted (example: are a first-generation college student; parents do not have BA's or higher  
  • Are economically impacted (example: receiving BOG fee waiver and/or financial aid)
  • Plan to transfer to a four-year institution (must not already hold a Bachelor's degree)
  • Be a U.S. citizen, resident, or AB 540/DACA
  • 2.2 or higher GPA

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Benefits of joining MESA:
  • Peer-led Academic Excellence Workshops (AEWs), and tutoring
  • Access to a STEM Counselor
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Semester-long material loans: books and calculators
  • Community of STEM majors to support one another 
  • Study space
  • Academic Excellence Workshops (AEW’s)-speaker series
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Financial literacy workshops
  • Networking opportunities
  • Internship and Research experience opportunities

You are a Calculus-based STEM Student if you are majoring in any of the following:
Biology | Biochemistry | Chemistry | Computer Science | Engineering | Math | Physics | Pre-Med | Geology | 


Responsibilities & Requirements of MESA Students

Once you are a MESA member, you must complete the following to continue to be considered a full MESA member:

  • 2.2 or higher GPA (per semester)
  • Attend at least 3 Academic Excellence workshops (per semester)
  • Meet with staff/counselor at least once (per semester)
  • Complete a Progress Report (per semester)
  • Have a complete Educational Plan (per year)
  • Apply to at least one scholarship or summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) (per year)

What can I expect from the application process?

After you complete the MESA Application, please allow at least 2-3 weeks for processing. If you are eligible to become a fully qualified MESA student, you will be invited to meet with the MESA Program Director or counselor for an intake interview where your application will be reviewed, and MESA program services will be discussed.