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Applications are accepted in September and January of each year as space permits. MESA can only serve a limited number of students, so if the program is full you will be placed on a waiting list.

You can participate in MESA if you meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • You are a declared STEM major (A STEM major is any major that requires calculus or MAT3A)
  • You plan to transfer to a four-year university to earn a bachelor's degree


Students are especially encouraged to apply if they fall under one or more of the following categories:

  • You are first generation college going (neither you, or your parents, have a BS/BA)
  • You are eligible for financial aid (BOGW or Pell Grants) OR You are eligible for EOPS, ACCESS or CalWORKs
  • You are from an underrepresented background (Hispanic/Latino/Mexican American, Native American, African American) OR you attended a "low performing" high school OR your first Math class at Hartnell College was MAT 123 or below.

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