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Mesa Counseling - Let's Begin, Let's Finish

Welcome to San Diego Mesa College! Mesa's Counseling Department is committed to providing the highest quality of services and assistance to students.

We've created numerous online resources that allow you to complete many processes completely online. Let's Begin are the steps you will need to take to get started and enrolled into classes.  Let's Finish are all the ways you can continue on your path to achieve your educational/academic goals.

Let's Begin

  • Be Admitted - apply: Application - Start by completing the online application for admission

  • Be Financed - Where to find the money
  • Be Advised
    • Before: Complete our orientation
    • During: Visit our testing office for assessment and/or placement services
    • After: Attend a Pre-Registration Workshop for an Abbreviated Education Plan
    • Follow-up: Career Services; Career and major exploration

      By completing all four steps in Be Advised, you will be eligible for an earlier registration date!
  • Be Enrolled - register online/pay for your classes: REG-E

  • Be Ready - Purchase your textbooks, pick up your ID card and parking permit

  • Be Supported - Student Services
    • Counseling: Comprehensive Ed Plan
    • Veterans Affairs (VA)
    • Disability Support Programs and Services
    • International students
    • Support Services: EOPS, Star. Tutoring, LRC

 Let's Finish

  • Goal setting-Pathways and programs
  • Career and major - Exploration through career services -  Career Center
    • Career workshops
    • Career planning services
    • Informational interviews
    • Internship opportunities
    • Job shadow opportunities
    • Work experience
  • Goal setting - Pathways and programs
  • Education planning and progress
  • Degree Completion

The online orientation will take you less than two hours to complete and, once you begin, you can save your progress if you need to sign out and return later. For more information and resources, check out the Admissions webpage.

Need to submit your official college transcripts or test scores?

Mail all official college transcripts and test scores to:

San Diego Community College District
SDCCD Records Office
3375 Camino del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108-3883

To request an official evaluation of your transcripts,

Complete a Request for Transcript Evaluation available in the Counseling Office (I4-303). (Allow approximately 4-6 weeks for your transcript/s to arrive)

To apply for financial aid:

Complete FAFSA and the California College Promise Grant, formerly Board of Governors Waiver (BOG-W).

Get familiar with campus: 

campus map and parking information