Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about MESA

1. How long does it take to find out if I have been accepted into the program? 

Students who apply during the application windows will receive a notification of acceptance within 5 business days. This email will have instructions on how to schedule an intake meeting with Dr. D and enroll in MESA statewide. You will also be added to our Canvas page and can complete the orientation prior to this meeting. 

2. What if I missed the application window? What are my options?

If you want to join MESA while the application is not currently open, please come to a MESA meeting or meet with Dr. D anyway! We'd love to have you join us and check us out before filling out the application. You are eligible to participate even before becoming an official member. The only thing you aren't eligible for is being a MESA tutor or participating in Honors. Wait until the application opens again and be the first one to apply!

3. Who can be a MESA tutor? 

MESA tutors are hired the week before each semester. You are eligible to apply if you are a MESA member, in good academic standing, and who has taken and passed several lower division SST courses. Priority goes to Juniors and Seniors. Tutors may work up to 10 hours a week or go part time 4-6 hours a week.  

4. What if I'm not a STEM major, but intend to switch majors next semester?

You are more than welcome to apply if you are undeclared or another major, but intend on switching into the following majors: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Geology & Earth Science, Mathematics & Statistics, or Physics & Astronomy. 

5. What if I have a STEM minor, am I eligible? 

Students with a minor in the above majors are eligible to apply. First priority will go to majors, but they are encouraged to apply.

6. Are there similar programs to MESA for students from underrepresented backgrounds who are not STEM majors? 

Educational Opportunity Program, TRiO, PUERTA, McNair Scholars program, DREAM center, Seawolf Scholars Program, are a few and many MESA members are members of multiple programs, which is encouraged.