San Diego Mesa College

  • 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 to San Diego Mesa College is Argosy University-San Diego (2.1 miles away).

Top Placements

San Diego Mesa College places among the top 20% of community colleges in California for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 187 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
San Diego Mesa College(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty187 staff97 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of San Diego Mesa College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The San Diego Mesa College 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 Enrollment23,191 students7,516 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio124:144:1
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# Full-Time Students6,280 students1,613 students
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# Part-Time Students-5,903 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
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% Asian
16%
13%
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% Hispanic
32%
37%
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% Black
7%
7%
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% White
34%
32%
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% Hawaiian
1%
-
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% Two or more races
6%
3%
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% Non Resident races
2%
3%
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% Unknown races
2%
5%
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Diversity Score0.750.73
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College Completion Rate
23%
29%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$40,100$34,600
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,380 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has grown by 109% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,170 is more than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has grown by 41% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,380$1,636
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Out-State Tuition Fees$7,170$6,797
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid64%78%
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Median Debt for Graduates$4,500$9,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$3,500$5,500
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Acceptance Rate100%96%
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Sports

Total Sports Offered13 sports
SportsBadminton, 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: 2016 (or 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, non-profit
    438 students | 2.10 Mi1615 Murray Canyon Road, Suite 100
    San Diego CA  92108
    (619)321-3000
    2.10438
  • Coleman University
    Private, non-profit
    796 students | 2.30 Mi8888 Balboa Ave
    San Diego CA  92123
    (858)499-0202
    2.30796
  • Kaplan College-San Diego
    Private, for profit
    1,297 students | 2.40 Mi9055 Balboa Avenue
    San Diego CA  92123
    (858)279-4500
    2.401,297
  • Foundation College
    Private, for profit
    n/a students | 3.00 Mi404 Camino Del Rio South Suite 100
    San Diego CA  92108
    (619)683-3273
    3.00n/a
  • California College San Diego
    Private, non-profit
    n/a students | 3.10 Mi6602 Convoy Court Ste 100
    San Diego CA  92111
    (619)680-4430
    3.10n/a
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Did You Know?
San Diego community colleges have a diversity score of 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in San Diego is Platt College-San Diego. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.