July 12, 2023

Mesa College’s FREE Summer CRUISE Program Prepares New Students for College

Registration Still Open for July and August Sessions

By Office of Communications

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San Diego, CA. — For over ten years, San Diego Mesa College has been offering  Summer CRUISE—Creating Rich Unique Intellectual Student Experiences – for incoming college students. This summer, Mesa is offering four CRUISE sessions in July – August.


Sessions are completely free and available to recent high school graduates and those who are first-time or returning college students. Registration is still available for incoming students for the weeks of July 18 and 25, as well as the week of August 1.


The CRUISE program introduces incoming students to the academic, professional, and personal campus resources available to them. The program also prepares them for math and English requirements and provides a chance to work alongside faculty and a team of over a dozen Peer Navigators, all while creating a unique support system among their peers. In the first week, CRUISE has served over 250 incoming students, and by the time all sessions are done, Mesa is projected to have assisted over 1,000 incoming students

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During CRUISE, students can meet other students along with their personal Peer Navigator; work one-on-one with faculty who are committed to student success; get exposure to campus resources, student programming, and clubs; participate in academic and counseling workshops with faculty and staff; and receive support for their entire academic year at Mesa.  


The program also offers special sessions for new students transitioning from Continuing Education, the Armed Forces, and Adult Learners who have not attended college. Additionally, Student Athletes and San Diego Promise scholarship recipients can get specific information and resources for their needs.


For more information on Summer CRUISE or to register, visit the CRUISE Program webpage, register at, call (619) 388-2757, or email:


Dates for the three (3) day morning sessions:

Tuesday, July 11 to Thursday, July 13
Tuesday, July 18 to Thursday, July 20
Tuesday, July 25 to Thursday, July 27
Tuesday, August 1 to Thursday, August 3


Time (for all sessions):

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (lunch provided)


Location:            San Diego Mesa College

7250 Mesa College Dr., San Diego, CA 92111

Please see the Mesa College Campus Map


Please see the Mesa College 2022 Summer CRUISE Flickr Album


About San Diego Mesa College

San Diego Mesa College is a fully accredited, comprehensive community college committed to access, success, and equity. We honor those commitments as a diverse community of students, faculty, professional staff, and administrators who collaborate to foster scholarship, leadership, innovation, and excellence 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 College serves 30,000 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 and a Military Friendly School, serving more than 3,500 veterans and their families.


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Additional Information


Jennifer Nichols Kearns
Director of Communications
(619) 388-2759

Agustin Rivera