The Difference College Makes

Today’s economy places a premium on college education. More and more jobs require at least some college experience, and the wage gap between those with and without a college degree has increased dramatically. Education offers a path to greater stability, higher earnings, and more job options.

Creating stability.

People with some college are half as likely to face unemployment than those without.

Increasing earnings.

College grads earn an average of 60% more than those who stop at high school.

Building the workforce of tomorrow.

Of the 11.6 million jobs created after the Great Recession, 11.4 million require some college experience.

Creating Paths to Opportunity

Among the largest community colleges in California and the nation, San Diego Mesa College is recognized for high academic standards, excellent programs and services, and personal approach to helping each individual student succeed.

Founded in 1964, Mesa has grown to offer 196 associate degree and certificate programs and was the first community college in California to offer a bachelor’s degree. With its rigorous math and science curricula, robust language and humanities offerings, and premier fine art and music programs, Mesa ranks as San Diego’s top transfer institution.

Every semester, between 22,000 and 24,000 students come to San Diego Mesa College to realize their educational and career goals. The Leading College of Equity and Excellence, Mesa College ensures that students from all backgrounds have pathways to opportunity.

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What We Do

Founded in 1976, the San Diego Mesa College Foundation partners with San Diego Mesa College and passionate members of the community to support student success.

Together, San Diego Mesa College and the San Diego Mesa College Foundation create pathways of opportunity by ensuring access to a college education for hardworking people from all walks of life to achieve their dreams for a better tomorrow.

Our Impact


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