San Diego Mesa College

San Diego, CA

Brief Description

Sitting adjacent to the Tecolote Canyon Natural Park, San Diego Mesa College is perched on a 104-acre suburban campus on a mesa in the Clairmont neighborhood of downtown San Diego in southern California. As the largest community college in the city, Mesa College is part of the San Diego Community College District to serve the educational needs of over 24,500 students each semester. Taking pride in its high academic standards, personal approach to education, and excellent programs, Mesa College is considered among the most successful of California's two-year public community colleges.

Tracing its roots back to 1914 when community college education began in San Diego, the Board of Education of the San Diego City Schools first authorized post-secondary classes for San Diego high school students. However, Mesa College first opened its doors in 1964 and initially offered educational opportunities to just 1,800. Despite its rather humble beginnings, San Diego Mesa College has grown to become one of the largest community colleges in California with some of the highest regarded learning facilities.

Fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), San Diego Mesa College offers students a diverse array of courses and programs leading to the Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree. Among the most unique degree programs provided at Mesa College are in Animal Health Technology, Black Studies, Building Construction Technology, Chicano Studies, Child Development, Dance, Fashion, Interior Design, Multimedia, Political Science, Real Estate, and Web Development. With one of the highest student transfer rates in the state, many graduates excel when they transfer to the University of California and California State University campuses as well as other four-year institutions nationwide.

San Diego Mesa College provides extensive collegiate experiences for students, including opportunities in student government, special interest clubs, performance groups, and a host of campus activities to build leadership skills. Within the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC) of the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA), the Mesa College Olympians fields 19 intercollegiate teams for badminton, baseball, basketball, cross country, football, sand volleyball, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and water polo. Some of the most notable alumni include film star Annette Bening, coach Mike Martz, NFL quarterback Tony Banks, and NFL fullback Justin Green.

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At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 21233

Total institution enrollment: 21233

School type: 2-year public

School classification: Associate's Colleges: These institutions offer associate's degree and certificate programs but, with few exceptions, award no baccalaureate degrees.

Campus Location

Main Address

San Diego Mesa College
7250 Mesa College Dr
San Diego, CA 92111


(619) 388-2604


Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 46%

Female undergraduate population: 54%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered: Less than one year, One but less than two years, Associate's, Two but less than 4 years

Accounting And Finance
Adult And Continuing Teacher Education
Aircraft Pilot And Navigator Professional
Architectural Engineering Technology / Technician
Arts And Design
Biology General
Business Administration And Management
Business General
Chemistry General
Child Care And Guidance Workers And Management
Civil Engineering / Civil Technology Technician
Commercial Garment And Apparel Worker
Computer And Information Sciences Other
Construction / Building Inspector
Dental Assistant
Drama / Theater Arts General
Electrical / Electronics Equipment Installer
English Language And Literature General
Ethnic And Cultural Studies Other
Fashion Merchandising
French Language And Literature
General Buying Operations
General Selling Skills And Sales Operations
Health And Physical Education General
History General
Home Furnishings / Equipment Installers
Institutional Food Workers And Administration
Interior Design General
Legal Administrative Assistant / Secretary
Liberal Arts And Sciences / General Studies
Liberal Arts And Sciences / Liberal Studies
Medical Administrative Assistant / Secretary
Medical Assistant
Medical Radiologic Technology / Technician
Medical Records Technology / Technician
Music General
Physical Sciences General
Physical Therapy General
Physics General
Political Science And Government General
Psychology General
Real Estate
Social Sciences General
Spanish Language And Literature
Speech And Rhetorical Studies
Teacher Assistant / Aide
Tourism And Travel Services Marketing Operations
Veterinarian Assistant / Animal Health
Water Quality And Wastewater Treatment