September 9, 2022

In Response to Recent Enrollment Boost, Mesa College has More Fall Classes Available

Nearly 100 “Short-Term/Late-Start” Courses Have Open Seating

By Office of Communications


San Diego, CA – Amidst nationwide declines in enrollment, San Diego Mesa College has recently seen an uptick in enrollments and registration in Fall 2022 short-term and late-start classes that are specifically designed to meet student needs.  Mesa College offers over 100 courses that are short-terms (less than the traditional 16 weeks) and are also “late-start”, meaning that those classes begin weeks or even months after the traditional August semester start. Short term classes are a great option for working students, and allow student to earn units much more quickly. Many of these courses prepare students for local careers, which will have a direct positive impact on the local economy. California's community colleges such as Mesa College have added $128.2 billion in income to the California economy.


“The shorter term or late-start classes are a great option for students ​to help them finish faster.  In direct response to student requests ​and based on counselors' feedback, we added a wide variety of classes,” stated Vice President of Instruction Isabel O’Connor.  “Through extensive curriculum review and in responses to student survey feedback, Mesa College adjusted nearly 155 courses to be offered in a short term format.  Some are fully on-line, while others are offered in hybrid formats to increases students ability to succeed.”


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Even though the semester is well underway, prospective students can still enroll for open short-term classes this fall Mesa College, most of which start in late September or October. Students are encouraged to enroll and register as soon as possible. Courses still available include Computer Business Technology, Culinary, Dance, Exercise Science, Fashion, Health, Nutrition, Multimedia, various sciences – and multiple options for English and Math. Additionally, many of the available classes can fulfill general or specific education requirements for students looking to both earn a degree or transfer.

Mesa College is recognized for having the largest number of students who earned degrees designed to transfer to the California State University system – and has transfer options to SDSU. This is an important consideration for many students who want to go on to earn a higher degree once they leave Mesa College.

Registration is open now for all students. Classes are $46 a unit for California residents. Visit Mesa’s Fall 2002 webpage to learn more, view the schedule of open classes, and register.


About San Diego Mesa College

San Diego Mesa College is a fully accredited, comprehensive college committed to equity and excellence. We honor our diverse community of students, faculty, professional staff, and administrators who collaborate to foster scholarship, leadership, access, and innovation in an inclusive learning environment. By promoting student learning and achievement that leads to degrees and certificates, transfer, workforce training, and lifelong learning, we empower our students to reach their educational goals and shape their future. Among the largest community colleges in California, Mesa serves 25,000 students per year, 25% of whom are full-time. Mesa offers nearly 200 associate degree and certificate programs and is one of 15 California community colleges offering a four-year baccalaureate degree. Mesa ranks as San Diego’s top transfer institution, is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and a Military Friendly School, serving nearly 2,500 veterans and their families.


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