San Diego Mesa College

7250 Mesa College Dr, San Diego
CA, 92111-4998
Tel: (619)388-2604
23,337 students
Public institution

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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 23,337 students (27% of students are full-time).
Minority enrollment is 55% of the student body (majority Asian and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 63%.
San Diego Mesa College is one of 22 community colleges within San Diego County, CA.
The nearest community college is Fashion Careers College (2.7 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of - teachers has declined by 100% over five years.
San Diego Mesa College Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public

Student Body

The student population of 23,337 teachers has grown by 29% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 45:1 has increased from 34:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.69 is more than the state average of 0.45. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
23,337 students
1,287 students
San Diego Mesa College Total Enrollment (2006-2012)
# Full-Time Students
6,280 students
832 students
San Diego Mesa College Full-Time Students (2006-2012)
# Part-Time Students 17,057 students
1,021 students
San Diego Mesa College Part-Time Students (2006-2012)
San Diego Mesa College sch enrollment San Diego Mesa College sta enrollment
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
San Diego Mesa College Asian (2006-2012)
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
San Diego Mesa College Hispanic (2006-2012)
% Black
San Diego Mesa College Black (2006-2012)
% White
San Diego Mesa College White (2006-2012)
% Two or more races
San Diego Mesa College More (2010-2012)
San Diego Mesa College sch ethnicity San Diego Mesa College sta ethnicity
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 0.45
San Diego Mesa College Diversity Score (2006-2012)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $1,140 is less than the state average of $5,940. The in-state tuition has grown by 73% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $5,532 is less than the state average of $10,072. The out-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,140 $5,940
San Diego Mesa College In-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,532 $10,072
San Diego Mesa College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Source: 2012 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

As a student at San Diego Mesa College, you will find a wide and diverse array of courses and programs leading to the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree in both academic and vocational subjects, as well as programs leading to occupational certificates. The college offers almost 100 associate degrees in arts and sciences disciplines, and over 55 certificates in occupational fields. 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. Mesa College provides extensive collegiate experiences for students, including such opportunities as student government, 20 inter-collegiate athletic teams, clubs, performance groups, and a host of activities in which students learn leadership skills, expand their cultural horizons, engage in service-learning and discover the joys of celebrating cultural diversity. San Diego Mesa College is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

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