Pursue Achievement in Math, Engineering and Science

The Moreno Valley College MESA (Math, Engineering, Science, Achievement) program empowers and supports educationally disadvantaged students pursuing a degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). MESA provides academic, financial, and professional development resources.

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Is MESA for me?

If you're considering or interested in pursuing a career in a STEM field, yes! MESA provides the support and resources needed to successfully graduate and transfer to a four-year institution.

MESA forges a community of learners based upon academic achievement. It acts as a bridge to aid students in making successful transitions in their educational pursuits. Participating students are more likely to transfer to colleges or universities and major in technical fields.

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This is MESA!

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Discover what makes MESA so successful at getting diverse and tenacious students stoked about STEM careers.


Student Eligibility

MESA emphasizes participation by students from groups with low eligibility rates to four-year colleges who are pursuing educational programs in mathematics, engineering and the sciences. Some eligibility is flexible, so you are welcome to apply even if you don't think that you qualify. At a minimum, you'll be asked to meet these criteria: 

  1. Proof of financial need
  2. Be educationally underserved
  3. Intend to transfer to a 4-year institution as a calculus-based STEM major

The California Community College Chancellors Office also sets further eligibility requirements, called indicators, around community college experience, educational background, and financial status.

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  • Student does not have a previous bachelor's degree in any field
  • Students declared in a transfer major in a calculus-based Math, Engineering, or Science field
  • Student intends to transfer to a four-year institution
  • Student must complete a Student Educational Plan (SEP) with a MESA-assigned counselor
  • Student must agree to participate in Moreno Valley College MESA program activities and signs the student contract
  • Student must be a first-generation college student, meaning their parent(s)/guardian(s) do not have a bachelor's degree or higher level of education. You are still considered a first-generation college student if you have siblings who have completed college degrees.
  • Demonstrate financial need by receiving FAFSA, CADAA, or other financial need-based aid.
ASEM students are those who do not meet all community college, educational and financial eligibility indicators. Students who do not meet the educational or financial indicators are eligible to participate in the MESA Program as ASEM students if they meet all the Community College Indicators. However, the MESA program has a limited number of spots available for ASEM students, and we may not be able to admit them each term.

How MESA Helps

The MESA Program has received outstanding results providing a diverse pool of transfer-ready students who are prepared to excel as math, engineering and science majors. MESA's rigorous academics, leadership preparation, and collaborative problem-solving training have helped produce transfer students who graduate as part of the high-tech workforce that is so urgently needed by industry.


  • Enhance your educational experience while completing the first two years of a bachelor’s degree
  • Gain industry knowledge
  • Make friends who have similar academic and career interests
  • Develop a close relationship with faculty members
  • Develop and improve your academic leadership skills
  • Raise your educational expectations
  • Link with student and professional organizations to enhance your personal and professional development
  • Access state-of-the-art computer equipment and graphing calculators.


  • Orientation courses that transfer to CSU/UC
  • Review Sessions, Organized Study Groups, and Tutoring
  • Dedicated student study center
  • Scholarship and internship opportunities
  • Career and leadership development activities
  • Book loans (as available)
  • Specialized student success seminars
  • Student Education Plans (SEP) and academic counseling
  • University transfer recognition and support

Contact Us

We are here to help! Your MESA program coordinator and support team can guide you to the steps you need to get started.

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    Erin Cosgrove
    Program Coordinator
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    (951) 571-6622
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    Humanities, Room 219





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