The UCLA MESA College Prep Program is one of 19 university centers in the Mathematics Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) Statewide organization. MESA’s mission is to enable economically disadvantaged students to prepare for and pursue a math-based degree in areas such as science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM).

Beginning in 1997 with only five schools, UCLA CEED’s MESA Program currently serves 20 schools and over 800 students in the Los Angeles Unified and Inglewood Unified School Districts. Please check here to see if MESA is offered at your school!

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. 

Supplemental Programs:


MESA Monthly Brief – May 2020

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2020 MESA Championships Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to recent developments the MESA California State Championships scheduled to be held at UCLA on May 2, 2020 have been cancelled. MESA has provided a list of online learning resources, which are all provided free of charge during COVID-19 closures....

STEM Competitions

To provide students with hands-on experience


Saturday Academies

To provide assistance with MESA projects


Financial Aid Workshops

To provide information about funding college


Pre-College Summer Enrichment Programs

To enhance a student’s academic preparation for college


Each MESA school site is supported by 1-2 teachers who serve as MESA advisors and coordinate STEM activities for enrolled students. In addition, MESA high school students benefit from the support of college counselors who have joined our team of MESA advisors. Culminating the MESA student experience each year is MESA Day. MESA Day is a regional event that engages students in STEM-based MESA competitions to test their design skills and math acuity. MESA projects provide the groundwork for the competitions that are offered during the event.