Asian Students are the Largest Ethnic Minority at at San Diego Mesa College

Colleges and universities are educating a larger and more diverse group of students than ever before and nowhere is that diversity more evident than on the campus of San Diego Mesa College. Located in Kearny Mesa, Mesa College – the largest two-year college in San Diego County -- is beginning its fall semester on Sept. 5; a second session of classes begin Oct. 30. A record number of Asian students are expected to enroll in a record number of classes this fall semester.

Asians represent 19 percent of the campus population and are the largest ethnic minority population of the nearly 22,000 students who attend Mesa College each year. The breakdown is as follows: White 55%, Asians 13%, Latino 12 percent, Filipino six percent, African Americans six percent, and other eight percent. Mesa College’s ethnic student population consistently exceeds that of the college’s service area.

A growing number of Asian populations coming out of high school are turning to community college for their higher education. Besides the financial benefits (classes are approximately $800 per semester, compared -- to $3,000 or more at any four-year institution) one of the major draws is the transfer agreements Mesa College has with four-year institutions. These agreements guarantee that Mesa College transfer students who complete their programs gain a coveted spot and transfer directly to University of California San Diego, San Diego State University, and other four-year institutions to complete their studies.

Asians also represent nearly two-thirds of the International Students attending Mesa College this fall. Of the 64 international students enrolled this fall, 61 percent are from Asian countries. The seven countries are represented as follows: Japan 13; Vietnam 10, Korea 9, Malaysia 1, Philippines 1, China 1, Singapor 2, Myanmar (Burma) 1 and Indonesia 1.

Registration remains open throughout the first week of classes; a second eight-week session of classes begin Oct. 30. For more information, go to or call Mesa College at 619-388-2682.