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IPEDS ID: 122375
OPE ID: 00127500
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San Diego Mesa College
7250 Mesa College Dr, San Diego, California 92111-4998
General information:  (619) 388-2604
Website:  www.sdmesa.edu/
Type:  2-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  24,208 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  29 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: High Transfer-High Traditional
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
4%
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty by primary function, Fall 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty236632
Instructional236632
Research and public service00
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees
In-state$1,140$1,142$1,142$1,1420.0%
Out-of-state$5,532$5,702$5,774$4,670-19.1%
Books and supplies$1,665$1,710$1,746$1,7641.0%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$10,962$11,268$11,493$11,9704.2%
Other$4,158$4,167$4,149$4,1670.4%
Off Campus with Family
Other$4,275$4,275$4,599$4,284-6.8%
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
In-state
Off Campus$17,925$18,287$18,530$19,0432.8%
Off Campus with Family$7,080$7,127$7,487$7,190-4.0%
Out-of-state
Off Campus$22,317$22,847$23,162$22,571-2.6%
Off Campus with Family$11,472$11,687$12,119$10,718-11.6%
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Alternative Tuition Plans
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Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid192069%————
Grant or scholarship aid91169%$4,170,674$4,578
Federal grants62347%$2,880,924$4,624
Pell grants62347%$2,808,424$4,508
Other federal grants1239%$72,500$589
State/local government grant or scholarships87866%$1,289,750$1,469
Institutional grants or scholarships00%$0
Student loan aid353%$109,999$3,143
Federal student loans312%$91,499$2,952
Other student loans40%$18,500$4,625
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid114,52660%$29,111,113$2,004
Pell grants4,45118%$17,165,336$3,857
Federal student loans4152%$1,652,841$3,983
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2012-20132013-20142014-2015
Average net price$8,292$7,800$7,801
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$6,824$5,709$5,618
$30,001 – $48,000$6,662$6,120
$48,001 – $75,000$8,522$8,477
$75,001 – $110,000$10,391$9,090
$110,001 and more$11,411$4,411
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2015
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)24,208
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment3,615
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 25%
Part-time: 75%Student Gender:
Male: 48%
Female: 52%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 15%
Black or African American: 6%
Hispanic/Latino: 34%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 1%
White: 32%
Two or more races: 6%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
Non-resident alien: 3%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 65%
25 and over: 35%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 85%
Out-of-state: 0%
Foreign countries: 5%
Unknown: 10%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 13%
Enrolled in some distance education: 12%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 74%
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students
Student retention:
Full-time students: 65%
Part-time students: 35%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 16 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2015.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 26%
Transfer-out rate: 16%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by gender
Overall graduation rate by gender:
Male: 25%
Female: 27%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 33%
Asian: 30%
Black or African American: 17%
Hispanic/Latino: 21%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 25%
White: 30%
Two or more races: 25%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 27%
Non-resident alien: 38%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Graduation Rates by Time to Completion

Graduation rates can be measured over different lengths of time. "Normal time" is the typical amount of time it takes full-time students to complete their program. For example, the "normal" amount of time for many associate's degree programs is 2 years. Not all students complete within the normal time, so graduation rates are measured by other lengths of time as well, including "150% of normal time" (e.g., 3 years for a 2-year program) and "200% of normal time," or twice as long as the normal time (e.g., 4 years for a 2-year program).

Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Program in Fall 2011 or Fall 2012, by Time to Completion
Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Program in Fall 2011 or Fall 2012, by Time to Completion
[Began in Fall 2011]
Within "Normal time" for the program: 5%
Within 150% of "Normal time" for the program: 23%
Within Twice as Long as "Normal time" for the program: 32%
[Began in Fall 2012]
Within "Normal time" for the program: 8%
Within 150% of "Normal time" for the program: 26%
Within Twice as Long as "Normal time" for the program: %
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
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Certificate
Associate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Architecture and Related Services
Architectural Technology/Technician145
Landscape Architecture112
Category total257
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Ethnic Studies--0
Women's Studies1--
Category total1-0
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General--80
Category total--80
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping21-21
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General3-1
Business Administration and Management, General-26341d
Business/Commerce, General--45
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management253
Real Estate--3
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General-20
Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations426
Category total3035420d
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects928
Category total928
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Journalism--2
Speech Communication and Rhetoric2-82
Category total2-84
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Programming/Programmer, General0--
Information Technology-56
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design11-8
Category total11514
Construction Trades
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager4-4
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector701
Category total1105
Engineering
Pre-Engineering-65
Category total-65
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing2--
English Language and Literature, General--21
Category total2-21
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management535
Child Care Provider/Assistant11114
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General14-14
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management19--
Category total49433
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
American Sign Language (ASL)-66
Chinese Language and Literature--4
French Language and Literature--6
German Language and Literature--1
Italian Language and Literature--3
Japanese Language and Literature--11
Russian Language and Literature--1
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation-65
Spanish Language and Literature--12
Vietnamese Language and Literature--0
Category total-1249
Health Professions and Related Programs
Dental Assisting/Assistant-244
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician--20
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other0--
Medical/Clinical Assistant17-6
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant--17
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer-1915
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant--25
Category total174387
History
History, General--27
Category total--27
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies--1
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies38140
Category total38141
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General--20
Category total--20
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences--139
Category total--139
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Kinesiology and Exercise Science--28
Physical Fitness Technician6--
Category total6-28
Personal and Culinary Services
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General-2513
Category total-2513
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy--1
Category total--1
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General-23
Physics, General-1217
Category total-1420
Psychology
Psychology, General--144
Category total--144
Science Technologies/Technicians
Chemical Technology/Technician0-0
Category total0-0
Social Sciences
Anthropology--18d
Geography--9
Geography, Other9-1
Political Science and Government, General--21
Social Sciences, General--3
Sociology--45
Category total9-97d
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General0-14
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics--1
Dance, General--1
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General--1
Drawing--2
Fashion/Apparel Design-43
Graphic Design--0
Interior Design-103
Music, General3-10
Sculpture--1
Visual and Performing Arts, General1-9
Visual and Performing Arts, Other6--
Category total101445
Grand total1621731,488
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program: 0
RETENTION, GRADUATION, AND TRANSFER-OUT
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS
Full-time students: 71%
Part-time students: 65%
  • Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
GRADUATION AND TRANSFER-OUT RATES FOR FIRST-TIME EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS
Rates by time to completion2010-112011-12
Graduation rate
150 percent of normal time1%6%
200 percent of normal time1%--
Transfer-out rate
150 percent of normal time84%69%
200 percent of normal time91%--
  • Depending on the program length, graduation and transfer-out rates can be measured over different lengths of time. The academic years, 2010-11 and 2011-12, are the cohort years students entered an institution. "Normal time" is the typical amount of time it takes full-time students to complete their program from the time they entered an institution. For example, the "normal" amount of time (or 100% time) for many associate's degree programs is 2 years. Not all students complete within the normal time, so graduation rates are measured by other lengths of time as well, including "150% of normal time" (e.g., completion within 3 years for a 2-year program) and "200% of normal time," or twice as long as the normal time (e.g., completion within 4 years for a 2-year program).
  • (--) not applicable
2014-2015 Varsity Athletes
Other DivisionMenWomen
Badminton8
Baseball23
Basketball1712
Beach Volleyball11
Football82
Soccer2519
Softball21
Swimming and Diving2426
Tennis128
Track and Field, Outdoor4625
Track and Field, X-Country1111
Volleyball1415
Water Polo1621
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges1/1/1966 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
Dental Assisting (DA)2/24/1961 -  Accredited
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant6/1/1971 - 4/28/2010Accredited
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers7/18/1972 -  Accredited
2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations987
Liquor law violations034
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible11
Rape0
Fondling1
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Incest0
Statutory rape0
Robbery100
Aggravated assault010
Burglary100
Motor vehicle theft041
Arson000
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201320122011
Default rate15.7%18.1%19.0%
Number in default9110899
Number in repayment578595519
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)