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 (27.08% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 30:1 is lower than the community college average of 45:1.
Minority enrollment is 66% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 71%.
San Diego Mesa College is one of 22 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 Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts 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
61 staff
San Diego Mesa College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 23,191 teachers has grown by 8% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 30:1 has decreased from 38:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.69 is more than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has grown by 155% over five years.
Total Enrollment 23,191 students 1,296 students
San Diego Mesa College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 30:1
San Diego Mesa College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 6,280 students
810 students
San Diego Mesa College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
San Diego Mesa College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
San Diego Mesa College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hawaiian
San Diego Mesa College Hawaiian (2008-2013)
% Hispanic
San Diego Mesa College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
San Diego Mesa College Black (2006-2013)
% White
San Diego Mesa College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
San Diego Mesa College More (2009-2013)
% Unknown races
San Diego Mesa College Unknown (2006-2013)
% Non Resident races
San Diego Mesa College Non Resident (2006-2013)
San Diego Mesa College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
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. 0.69 0.53
San Diego Mesa College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $1,380 is less than the state average of $5,650. The in-state tuition has grown by 109% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $7,170 is less than the state average of $10,201. The out-state tuition has grown by 41% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,380 $5,694
San Diego Mesa College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $7,170 $10,252
San Diego Mesa College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 64%
San Diego Mesa College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Percent Admitted 100% 80%


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: 2005 (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:

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  • Argosy University-San Diego
    Private for-profit
    491 students | 2.10 Mi1615 Murray Canyon Road Suite 100
    San Diego, CA 92108
  • Coleman University
    Private not-for-profit
    810 students | 2.30 Mi8888 Balboa Ave
    San Diego, CA 92123
  • 260 students | 2.30 Mi9025 Balboa Ave Ste 130
    San Diego, CA 92123
  • 1,245 students | 2.40 Mi9055 Balboa Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92123
  • Fashion Careers College
    Private for-profit
     students | 2.70 Mi1923 Morena Blvd
    San Diego, CA 92110
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Did You Know?
For San Diego private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $18,436 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 0.75, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in San Diego is California College San Diego. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.