The SDSU College of Engineering's MESA Schools Program (MSP) works with local middle schools and high schools to provide and promote after-school pre-engineering activities and class period electives. It is a collaborative effort with MESA California and the University of California's Office of the President. The program's goal is to encourage students to pursue educational careers in engineering, math, and science through fun, hands-on projects and other college awareness activities that promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) college and career pathways. To the extent possible by California law, MESA emphasizes participation by students from groups with low eligibility rates for four-year institutions and targets schools in areas that are typically under-funded.
MESA has received national recognition for its success. MESA has been named as one of the most innovative public programs in the country by Innovations in American Government, a project of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Ford Foundation. MESA is a winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. MESA is the largest consortium of programs to receive National Science Foundation scholarships earmarked to support community college students who transfer to four-year institutions.