San Diego Mesa College

7250 Mesa College Dr
San Diego, CA 92111
Tel: (619)388-2682
23,191 students
Public institution
One of the largest and most successful of California's 109 community colleges, San Diego Mesa College takes pride in its high academic standards, its excellent programs and services, and its personal approach to helping each individual student succeed.
School Highlights
San Diego Mesa College serves 23,191 students (27% of students are full-time).
Minority enrollment is 66% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 68%.
San Diego Mesa College is one of 21 community colleges within San Diego County, CA.
The nearest community college is Argosy University-San Diego (2.10 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 187 teachers has declined by 64% over five years.
College San Diego Mesa College (CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 187 staff
78 staff

Student Body

The student population of 23,191 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.75 is more than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 23,191 students 2,419 students
# Full-Time Students 6,280 students
1,297 students
% Asian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Hawaiian
% Two or more races
% Unknown races
% Non Resident races
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.75 0.73

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $1,140 is less than the state average of $1,220. The in-state tuition has grown by 73% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,532 is less than the state average of $6,184. The out-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,140 $1,220
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,532 $6,184
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 64%
Percent Admitted 100%


Total Sports Offered 13 sports
Sports Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Diving, Football, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water PoloBadminton, Baseball,
Basketball, Cross Country,
Diving, Football,
Soccer, Softball,
Swimming, Tennis,
Track and Field, Volleyball,
Water Polo
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • At San Diego Mesa College, students will find a wide and diverse array of day, evening, weekend, and on-line courses leading to 176 Associate in Arts, Associate in Science degrees and certificate programs. Students may also pursue courses and programs of general interest. Because of the college's comprehensive offerings, excellent programs, uniquely talented faculty and support services, Mesa College enjoys one of the highest student transfer rates in California and the nation.Mesa students who plan to transfer to four-year colleges and universities enjoy a great advantage because of our carefully designed and articulated course of study culminating in a Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree with a designated area of emphasis that reflects the student's ultimate career focus. In addition, Mesa continually maintains and updates guaranteed transfer agreements with colleges and universities in California and throughout the nation. Students following the vocational track have similar success when they enter or advance through the job market. Unique partnerships with local industries have created pathways for upward mobility and success in high-demand occupations. Mesa College provides extensive collegiate and co-curricular experiences for students, including such opportunities as student government; 20 men's and women's intercollegiate athletic teams; clubs; performance groups; an Honors Program; Service Learning and a host of activities in which students learn leadership skills, expand their academic horizons and celebrate cultural diversity.
  • Because of the college's comprehensive offerings, its excellent programs, its uniquely talented faculty, and its support services, San Diego Mesa College enjoys one of the highest student transfer rates in California. San Diego Mesa College offers a beautiful campus environment, including a state-of-the-art Learning Resource Center, which opened in April 1998. The new Center was constructed at a cost of twenty million dollars, and its four stories occupy 107,000 square feet in the middle of the campus. The facility offers expanded library holdings, an enormous computer lab for student use, and advanced media facilities. San Diego Mesa College is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Argosy University-San Diego
    Private for-profit
    438 students | 2.10 Mi1615 Murray Canyon Road, Suite 100
    San Diego CA  92108
  • Coleman University
    Private not-for-profit
    796 students | 2.30 Mi8888 Balboa Ave
    San Diego CA  92123
  • 169 students | 2.30 Mi9025 Balboa Ave Ste 130
    San Diego CA  92123
  • Kaplan College-San Diego
    Private for-profit
    1,297 students | 2.40 Mi9055 Balboa Avenue
    San Diego CA  92123
  • Foundation College
    Private, for profit
    n/a students | 3.00 Mi404 Camino Del Rio South Suite 100
    San Diego CA  92108
Did You Know?
For San Diego private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,796 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

San Diego community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.79, which is higher than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in San Diego is Platt College-San Diego. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.