Frequently Asked Questions
What does MESA/MSP mean?MESA is the acronym for Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement. MSP is an acronym for MESA Schools Program. The SJSU MESA Site seeks to prepare and motivate educationally disadvantaged students to pursue successfully college-preparatory coursework, promote careers in math & science, and develop their pre-professional & leadership skills.
What is MESA’s background?The Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Program was founded in 1970 in California with the goal to enable educationally disadvantaged students to prepare for and graduate from a four-year college or university with a math-based degree in engineering, the sciences, computer science, business or mathematics. A program that focuses on underrepresented students going on to higher education was strongly needed based on the low enrollment of African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans in four year universities/colleges.
What is the San José State University MESA Center’s mission?To prepare and motivate educationally disadvantaged students to pursue successfully college preparatory coursework, promote careers in math and science, and develop their pre professional and leadership skills.
Who does MESA serve?MESA serves educationally disadvantaged (first-generation, college-bound) students, and to the extent possible by law, emphasize participation by students from groups with low eligibility rates for four-year colleges.
What does educationally disadvantage mean?Students who historically have been under-represented in higher education and/or face and disadvantage by attending a low performing school based on Academic Performance Index based on California State Education Board.
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Does MESA work?Yes, MESA works! 85% of MESA graduating high school seniors go on to attend college, compared to 55% of all California gratuating high school seniors. 74% of MESA high school graduates go on to four year institutions, compared to 36% of all California high school graduates.
What can MESA do for me?MESA offers you academic enrichment and career advising assistance, recognition for achievement, leadership skill enhancement, and college/university access information. MESA helps you prepare to be competitively eligible for college.
What will be my responsibility to MESA?
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What is the SJSU MESA Center Enrollment/Application Form Process?
Who are the partner schools and districts of the SJSU MESA Center?
Alum Rock Union School District
San Jose Unified School District