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 20,712 students (25% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 32:1 is higher than the state community college average of 24:1.
Minority enrollment is 71% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 77%.

Top Rankings

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

School Overview

The teacher population of 644 teachers has grown by 21% over five years.
San Diego Mesa College(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Associate's DominantAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution LevelFour or more yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty644 staff308 staff
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School CalendarLink to School Calendar

Student Body

The student population of San Diego Mesa College has declined by 10% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 32:1 has decreased from 124:1 over five years.
The San Diego Mesa College diversity score of 0.73 is more than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment20,712 students8,365 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio32:124:1
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# Full-Time Students5,224 students2,015 students
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# Part-Time Students15,488 students6,350 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
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% Asian
15%
12%
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% Hispanic
39%
47%
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% Black
6%
6%
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% White
29%
23%
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% Hawaiian
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% Two or more races
7%
4%
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% Non Resident races
1%
2%
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% Unknown races
2%
6%
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Diversity Score0.730.70
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College Completion Rate
23%
28%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$40,100$34,700
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,380 is less than the state average of $1,997. The in-state tuition has grown by 20% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $7,170 is more than the state average of $7,123. The out-state tuition has grown by 15% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,380$1,997
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Out-State Tuition Fees$7,170$7,123
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid62%79%
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Median Debt for Graduates$4,757$10,376
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Median Debt for Dropouts$3,500$6,000
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Acceptance Rate100%89%
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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: 2020 (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

The nearest community college to San Diego Mesa College is California College San Diego (2.1 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • California College San Diego
    Private not-for-profit
    536 students | 2.10 Mi6602 Convoy Court Ste 100
    San Diego, CA 92111
    2.10536
  • 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
  • n/a students | 3.50 Mi3375 Camino del Rio South
    San Diego, CA 92108
    (619) 388-6500
    3.50n/a
  • Northcentral University
    Private, for profit
    2,000 students | 5.40 Mi2488 Historic Decatur Rd, Suite 100
    San Diego, CA 09210
    (866) 776-0331
    5.402,000
  • 14,056 students | 6.00 Mi1313 Park Boulevard
    San Diego, CA 92101
    (619) 388-3400
    6.0014,056
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San Diego community colleges have a diversity score of 0.61, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in San Diego is Platt College-San Diego. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.