Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA)

Who We Are

MESA is a peer and professional support community whose aim is to increase access and opportunities of success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)-related fields for first-generation, low-income, and under-represented college students.  MESA provides resources for students to develop essential academic and leadership skills to achieve success in school, career, life, and STEM-related disciplines.

Our Services


You are eligible to join the MESA program if you meet ALL the following criteria:

  • You are a first-generation college student, which means that neither one of your parents or guardians completed a college degree. You are still considered a first-generation college student even if you have a sibling that has completed a college degree.
  • You come from a historically underrepresented
  • You come from a low-income household.
  • Your goal is to transfer to a 4-year university to study a major that requires at least 2 semesters of calculus such as: Biological Sciences, Math, Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Sciences, Pre-med, Pre-Pharmacy, and Pre-Dentistry.


DREAMERS or students who are undocumented are also eligible to apply.

Unfortunately, international students are not eligible for MESA, but are welcome to volunteer or participate in the MESA Student Club.

Consult with a MESA staff member if you have questions about the criteria above.

You must submit an application either at the MESA Center at the Science Annex, 860 Atlantic Ave., Room 125 or to the Welcome Center reception desk at Building A on the College of Alameda main campus. You may be selected to come in for an intake interview if you appear to meet most of the minimum criteria. After your intake interview you will receive an email about whether or not you will be invited to join MESA. Applications are available at the MESA Center at the Science Annex and at the Counseling Department in Building A.

You must attend a MESA orientation, meet with a counselor to develop a complete Student Educational Plan, attend at least 1 MESA event a semester, volunteer at least 2 hours with a community organization related to your field of interest or with the MESA program each semester, and contact your assigned MESA peer mentor at least once a semester. Additionally, if you are a new student to College of Alameda, you must enroll into Coun 201: Orientation to College.

No. The MESA Tutoring and study space is open to ALL College of Alameda students. MESA students get priority tutoring, but no one will be turned away.

Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA)

MESA Center

Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Fridays, 9:00am-4:00pm.

Tutoring Availability

Spring 2016 Hours: Mon: 4-6pm, Tues: 9am-12:30pm, 3-5:30pm, Wed: 2-6pm, Thurs: 12-6pm, Fri: 10am-2pm.

Subjects: Math, Chemistry, Biology, Physics.

Not all subjects are available at all times listed above.

Email or come to the MESA Center for a detailed Tutoring Schedule.