San Diego Mesa College.

San Diego Mesa College

San Diego, CA4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About San Diego Mesa College

San Diego Mesa College (Mesa College or Mesa) is a public community college in Clairemont Mesa in San Diego, California. It is part of the California Community Colleges and the San Diego Community College District. It is the largest community college in the city of San Diego and the 16th largest community college in the state. Community college education in San Diego began in 1914 when the Board of Education of the San Diego City Schools authorized post secondary classes for San Diego high school students. Classes opened with four faculty members serving 35 students. San Diego Mesa College first opened in 1964. Initially offering education to 1,800 students, it has grown to become one of the largest community colleges in California. Classes started at the 900 Building at nearby Stephen Watts Kearny High School in the Fall 1963 Semester while the college was being completed; classes at the college started in January 1964. In 2016, Mesa College became one of the first 10 California community colleges to offer four-year, bachelor degrees.


  • Offers certificate, bachelor's, and associate degrees
  • 19,856 students
  • 0.04 faculty staff per student

Notable programs at San Diego Mesa College

Visual and Performing Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Visual and Performing Arts, Biology, Business, Journalism, Mathematics, Humanities, History, and Chemistry.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at San Diego Mesa College was $5,894, while for in-state students it was $1,142. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $885.

The average financial aid at San Diego Mesa College is $6,863. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $-969 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at San Diego Mesa College

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

60% of undergraduate students at San Diego Mesa College received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at San Diego Mesa College

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,854.

Diversity at San Diego Mesa College

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017