San Diego Mesa College

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School Overview

San Diego Mesa College is a public community college located in the Clairemont area of San Diego, California. Also known as Mesa College or just Mesa, it is San Diego’s largest community college and the 16th largest in California.

Mesa is a two-year school that offers programs in fields such as general, developmental and occupational education. Students may also transfer credits to most institutions in the California State University and University of California systems.

The athletics teams are known as the Olympians. The Olympians football team competes in the Southern California Football Association and previously was a member of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

General Information

Admission Office

7250 Mesa College Drive
San Diego, CA 92111
(619) 388-2682
Fax: (619) 388-2960

Contact: Ivonne Alvarez
Director of Admissions and Records
Main Address

7250 Mesa College Drive
San Diego, CA 92111
(619) 388-2600


Total undergrads: 22,423
Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,152


Urban setting
Very large city (over 500,000)
Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No
Admissions Policies/Requirements

A note about the college’s admission requirements: Students without high school diploma or equivalent admitted provisionally.

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences
Animal Health A

Architecture & Related Programs
Landscape Architecture A,C

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African Studies A
African-American Studies A
Hispanic-American Studies A

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General A,C
Drama/Theater Arts A
Fine/Studio Arts A
Interior Design A,C
Music – General A

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology A

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting A,C
Business – General A,C
Business Administration/Management A,C
Fashion Merchandising A,C
Hotel/Motel Management A,C
Real Estate A,C
Travel/Tourism Management A,C

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Programming – General A,C
Networking/LAN/WAN Management C
Web/Multimedia Design A,C

Physical Education A
Sales/Marketing Education A
Speech Teacher Education A

Engineering – General A

Engineering Technologies
Construction/Building Technologies A,C
Water Quality/Treatment A,C

Family & Consumer Sciences
Child Development A,C

Foreign Language & Literature
American Sign Language (ASL) A
French A
Spanish A

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Dental Assistance A,C
Dental Laboratory Technology A
Medical Assistance A,C
Medical Radiologic Technology A
Physical Therapy Assistance A

Liberal Arts & Sciences
General Studies A
Liberal Arts & Sciences A,C

Mathematics – General A

Personal & Culinary Services
Culinary Arts/Related Services A,C

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy A

Physical Sciences
Chemistry A,C
Physics A

Psychology – General A

Social Sciences
Anthropology A
Social Sciences – General A
Sociology A

Transportation & Materials Moving
Air Transportation C

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

San Diego Mesa College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (619) 388-2600
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 7250 Mesa College Dr, San Diego, CA 92111-4998
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 20,712
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): %
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 24 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 12,925 (62% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $1,144
Out-of-state Tuition: $7,480
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 62%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,451

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

San Diego Mesa College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at San Diego Mesa College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 42
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 11
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 1210
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 22
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 21
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 52
Construction Trades 32
Education 1
Engineering 11
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 21
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 63
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 210
Health Professions and Related Programs 862
History 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 22
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 11
Personal and Culinary Services 21
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 34
Psychology 1
Science Technologies/Technicians 11
Social Sciences 17
Visual and Performing Arts 711
Grand total 66762

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at San Diego Mesa College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $1,144
Out-of-state $7,480
Books and supplies $1,970

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 836 62%
Grant or scholarship aid 830 61% $5,451
Student loan aid 24 2% $4,062

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 9,646 43% $2,749
Federal student loans 196 1% $3,833

Admissions & Enrollment

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Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

San Diego Mesa College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 20,712
Undergraduate enrollment 20,712
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

San Diego Mesa College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Assisting (DA)
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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