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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:  4-year, primarily associate's, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor'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 year2013-20142014-20152015-20162016-2017% change 2015-2016 to 2016-2017
Tuition and fees
In-state$1,142$1,142$1,142$1,1420.0%
Out-of-state$5,702$5,774$4,670$5,89426.2%
Books and supplies$1,710$1,746$1,764$1,7911.5%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$11,268$11,493$11,970$12,4924.4%
Other$4,167$4,149$4,167$4,158-0.2%
Off Campus with Family
Other$4,275$4,599$4,284$4,2840.0%
Total Expenses2013-20142014-20152015-20162016-2017% change 2015-2016 to 2016-2017
In-state
Off Campus$18,287$18,530$19,043$19,5832.8%
Off Campus with Family$7,127$7,487$7,190$7,2170.4%
Out-of-state
Off Campus$22,847$23,162$22,571$24,3357.8%
Off Campus with Family$11,687$12,119$10,718$11,96911.7%
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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) 2015-2016
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateUndergraduate
Certificate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Architecture and Related Services
Architectural Technology/Technician126
Landscape Architecture22
Category total148
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Ethnic Studies4-
Women's Studies-0
Category total40
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General71-
Category total71-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping1715
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General44
Business Administration and Management, General25829
Business/Commerce, General34-
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management66
Real Estate71
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General34
Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations67
Category total33566
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects62
Category total62
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Journalism91
Speech Communication and Rhetoric620
Category total711
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Programming/Programmer, General-0
Information Technology814
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design58
Category total1322
Construction Trades
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager66
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector27
Category total813
Engineering
Pre-Engineering44
Category total44
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing-0
English Language and Literature, General30-
Category total300
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management04
Child Care Provider/Assistant1015
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General87
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management-11
Category total1837
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
American Sign Language (ASL)1112
Chinese Language and Literature3-
French Language and Literature5-
German Language and Literature0-
Italian Language and Literature0-
Japanese Language and Literature9-
Russian Language and Literature1-
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation15
Spanish Language and Literature10-
Vietnamese Language and Literature0-
Category total4017
Health Professions and Related Programs
Dental Assisting/Assistant524
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician33-
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other-1
Medical/Clinical Assistant519
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant24-
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer2020
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant19-
Category total10664
History
History, General28-
Category total28-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies5-
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies9515
Category total10015
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General25-
Category total25-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences125-
Category total125-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Kinesiology and Exercise Science27-
Physical Fitness Technician-1
Category total271
Personal and Culinary Services
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General1830
Category total1830
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy0-
Category total0-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General21
Physics, General119
Category total1310
Psychology
Psychology, General132-
Category total132-
Science Technologies/Technicians
Chemical Technology/Technician00
Category total00
Social Sciences
Anthropology19-
Economics, General3-
Geography6-
Geography, Other36
Political Science and Government, General20-
Social Sciences, General0-
Sociology35-
Category total866
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General200
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics0-
Dance, General1-
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General2-
Drawing0-
Fashion/Apparel Design1314
Graphic Design0-
Interior Design822
Music, General153
Sculpture0-
Visual and Performing Arts, General50
Visual and Performing Arts, Other-6
Category total6445
Grand total1,338341
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 - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 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
2015-2016 Varsity Athletes
CCCAAMenWomen
Badminton5
Baseball25
Basketball1513
Beach Volleyball4
Football64
Soccer2624
Softball19
Swimming and Diving2617
Tennis107
Track and Field, Outdoor4120
Track and Field, X-Country810
Volleyball1116
Water Polo1316
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
2015 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201320142015
Illegal weapons possession001
Drug law violations872
Liquor law violations340
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201320142015
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible1
Rape00
Fondling12
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)0
Incest00
Statutory rape00
Robbery000
Aggravated assault100
Burglary001
Motor vehicle theft414
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)