Inventing the Future! Imagination * Innovation * Ingenuity
MESA is a program of the University of Southern California (under contract with the University of California) that serves educationally and economically disadvantaged students and, to the extent possible by law, emphasizes participation by students from groups with low rates of eligibility for four-year colleges. MESA provides a pipeline of academic services from elementary through university level to increase the number of these students who graduate with degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Activities include MESA Day projects and competitions, Catalina Island STEM Exploration, STEM field trips, Student Leadership Retreat, College and Career Day, MESA Day Project Academy, Annual Awards Gala, and Robotics Invitational.
For over 40 years, USC MESA has served more than 15,000 middle and high school students. Each year, more than 80% of USC MESA graduating seniors attend four-year colleges and more than 60% of these students declare majors in STEM fields. USC MESA currently serves over 1500 middle and high school students and 40 teachers.