The UCLA MESA Program is housed under the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity (CEED) which is directed by Enrique Ainsworth. The program, in existence since 1997, managed by the Assoc. Director of Pre-College Programs, Catherine Douglas, serves an average of 1100 students and works with approximately 23 teachers each year.

The UCLA MESA Center continues to work toward engaging and advancing the academic development of educationally disadvantaged student groups with low UC eligibility students in STEM. Each year, efforts are made to further support and enhance the MESA model through supplemental activities for MESA students, advisors and parents and to increase students’ success and persistence in STEM. These programs include: Saturday Academies, to provide assistance on MESA projects; STEM competitions in the LA area, to gain hands-on experience; Financial Aid Workshops, to provide information on funding college; and pre-college Summer Enrichment Programs, enhance student academic preparation for college.


High Schools

  • Academy of Science and Engineering(Charter)
  • Crenshaw High School
  • Dorsey High School
  • Fairfax High School
  • Hamilton High School
  • Inglewood High School
  • L.A.C.E.S. High School
  • Lawndale High School
  • Los Angeles High School
  • Morningside High School (IUSD)
  • UCLA Community School
  • University High School
  • Westchester High School

Middle Schools

  • John Burroughs Middle School
  • Cochran Middle School
  • Emerson Middle School
  • L.A.C.E.S. Middle School
  • Lennox Middle School
  • Monroe Middle School (IUSD)
  • Parent K-8 School (IUSD)
  • Webster Middle School