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Welcome to MESA at DVC!

MESA at DVC is a community of students, faculty and STEM professionals working together to support and prepare students who are pursuing STEM fields.

MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) is a statewide program for full-time students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics. The program provides academic enrichment, major-specific advising, research experience, early exposure to four year schools, professional development and addresses other important needs of science and engineering majors. The program is supported by industry, so students learn firsthand about career options and learn about scholarships, internships and special programs. If you are the first in your family to attend college and are receiving financial aid, then you are eligible to apply.

If you are not a financial aid/first generation student and qualify for the rest of the MESA requirements, you are invited  to join the “Friends of MESA” cohort.

According to the latest data (2011-12), of those MESA community college students who transferred to four-year institutions, 97 percent entered these colleges and universities as math or science majors.

The MESA program is located in the PUMA (Puente, Umoja, MESA Alliance) Center, across from the LC building.

Hours of the center in spring 2018: The Center will be open to students during the following times:

Monday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Phone at the MESA Office: 925-969-4232, or ext. 24319

Click to apply for MESA@DVC. MESA is currently accepting new student applications!

The MESA program at DVC started in the fall of 2014 with 47 students. The program currently serves over 100 MESA and 70 Friends of MESA (FOM) students. In 2016-2017, 27 MESA students transferred to four – year schools, 24 received scholarships and 21 were internship recipients. In the fall of 2017 the program received a multi-year endowment through the Chancellor’s office.

MESA offers reserved spaces (through MESA Sections) in highly impacted STEM classes for MESA and FOM students. The students in these classes also receive weekly out of class assistance through the Supplemental Instruction program.

The Supplemental Instruction program is open to all students in these select Biology, Chemistry, Math and Physics courses, on a weekly basis. These peer-led, faculty-designed sessions help students in understanding and reinforcing concepts, developing problem solving skills and building study skills in a collaborative environment.

MESA offers:

  • STEM Tutoring
  • Assistance in forming study groups
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Assistance with the internship and scholarship application process
  • Counseling and Transfer services
  • Student Services workshops
  • A Canvas site for communication and announcements
  • MESA Scholarships

MESA eligibility conditions 

Student must:

  • be a US Citizen/Permanent resident/ AB 540
  • be on Financial Aid and a First Generation College Student
  • be a declared STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) major or be willing to declare STEM major by the end of the semester
  • have completed intermediate algebra
  • have taken (or be working towards) at least 2 consecutive courses of calculus

Questions? Please contact  the MESA Program Manager:

Maitreyee Chandra,, ext. 24319