San Diego Mesa College

San Diego Mesa College

Founded in 1964, San Diego Mesa College is a public, two-year community college located in the Kearny Mesa neighborhood of San Diego, California. It is informally referred to as the Mesa College or simply as Mesa and is the largest community college in San Diego. The campus covers 104 acres. The college enrolls more than 20,000 students.

Mesa College offers a variety of programs and degrees in diverse fields of study. It provides courses in general education, lower-division transfer programs, and occupational and developmental education.

The Mesa Press is the student-run newspaper of the college, covering the news about Mesa. The sports teams of the college are nicknamed the Olympians. Their football team has been competing in the second Pacific Coast Conference since 1982.

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San Diego Mesa College
7250 Mesa College Dr
San Diego , CA 92111-4998
General Phone: (619) 388-2604

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San Diego Mesa College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts664minority and gender studies, Chinese language, Japanese language, Russian language, German language, French language, Italian language, Spanish language, Latin language, ...
Business and Management139business, business management, accounting, sales and marketing
Medical Support and Technology108dental assistant, medical assistant, veterinary assistant, radiographer
Design78fashion design, interior design, graphic design
Therapy and Counseling69psychology, physical therapist assistant
Real Estate and Construction Management33real estate
Construction Trades32apparel and textiles, apparel and textile marketing, building inspector, construction manager
Family and Social Work32family and consumer science, food and nutrition, foodservice management, child development
Science26biology, biological and physical sciences, physical sciences, chemistry, physics
Computer Science and Engineering22information technology, computer programming, web design, computer networking
Office and Administration14administrative assistant
Architecture and Planning13landscape architecture, architectural tech
Medical Administration12medical records tech, medical secretary
Media10digital communications, animation and special effects
Cooking and Culinary Arts10culinary arts
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy9health and physical education, sports and fitness management
Hospitality5hotel management, travel services
Photography and Commercial Art2drawing
Music1music, music management
Science and Laboratory Technician1biology tech, chemical tech
Art Studies1art studies
Religion and Philosophy0philosophy
Engineering Technician0drafting
Law0legal secretary
Landscaping and Horticulture0landscaping
Drama and Performing Arts0dance, drama
Fine Arts0sculpture, ceramics

Number of programs and degrees for San Diego Mesa College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year10638
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years16623
Associate's degree99671
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years221

San Diego Mesa College Student Body

In 2007-2008, San Diego Mesa College had a total enrollment of 21,437 students (12,200 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 40%
Black 6%
Hispanic 18%
Asian 21%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 13%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 7%
18-19 20%
20-21 20%
22-24 19%
25-29 16%
30-34 7%
35-39 4%
40-49 5%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown15%

San Diego Mesa College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 61 %
Part-Time 25 %

San Diego Mesa College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of San Diego, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

San Diego Mesa College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 512
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 4,808
Books and supplies $ 1,566

Financial Aid:
San Diego Mesa College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 127500)

San Diego Mesa College Faculty

San Diego Mesa College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track3446
Non-tenured and not on tenure track88

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year23$91,46925$81,995
All faculty totalcalendar year23$91,46925$81,995

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year117$70,336117$68,762
All faculty totalacademic year117$70,336117$68,762

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

San Diego Mesa College Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architectural Technology/Technician
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Information Technology
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management
Apparel and Textiles, General
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General

Fashion/Apparel Design
Graphic Design
Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Engineering, General

Engineering Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management

Fine Arts
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics

Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations

Landscaping And Horticulture
Landscaping and Groundskeeping

Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary

Liberal Arts
Chinese Language and Literature
Creative Writing
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
Filipino/Tagalog Language and Literature
French Language and Literature
Geography, Other
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Latin Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Animation, Interactive Tech, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary

Medical Support And Technology
Dental Assisting/Assistant
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician/Veterinary Assistant

Music Management and Merchandising
Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Photography And Commercial Art

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physical Sciences
Physics, General

Science And Laboratory Technician
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
Chemical Technology/Technician

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapist Assistant
Psychology, General

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