Educational Planning

10 Steps to Enrollment and Educational Planning

Step 1: Apply online or in person at the Admissions office (I4-102)

Step 2: Request previous college transcripts, Advanced Placement exams (AP) (score of 3 or higher) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits, or CLEP or Dantes to our district office:


San Diego Community College District

Records Office, STE 100

3375 Camino del Rio South

San Diego, Ca 92108-3883

Step 3: Orientation Session.

Prior to taking the English and Math placement tests, you will receive a thorough orientation to San Diego Mesa College's programs, services and facilities through the Online Orientation located at

The orientation will take approximately ninety minutes to complete after which you will be able to take your placement tests.

Please note, in order to get credit for completing the orientation, you will need to log in with your student ID number and complete all sections of the four required modules.

When you have finished the orientation, print the completion screen that includes your name, student ID number, and the date of completion. Submit this form to the Testing Office staff in order to begin the assessment of your English and/or Math skills.

Please contact the Testing Office with any questions, or if you are having difficulty logging in.

The Online Orientation will cover essential information that will prepare students for their transition to San Diego Mesa College and addresses the following:

  • Information that helps students navigate through the admissions and registration process
  • An introduction to college resources, programs, and services
  • Ideas that help students succeed in college
  • An overview of college regulations, as well as students' rights and responsibilities (Policy 3100)
  • Math and English Placement Results
  • Information on online resources, first semester planning, and registration

This orientation will remain available to you for follow-up visits and reference. 

In addition, there is a Student-Athlete Orientation:

There are additional supplemental (not required) modules to support your success including information about managing your money, campus life, and even specific programs for veterans, student athletes, and international students.  You can find all of these, and more, at the New Student Welcome Page (

It is in your best interest to complete the Student-Athlete Online Orientation.

Step 4: Assessment. For the English and math assessments, please contact the Testing Office at 619-388-2718 or  Or visit our Testing website for sample tests, hours of operation and testing procedures.

Assessment is required for: 1st time college students

Not required for: Students who have completed an English and Math course at previous colleges (grade of "C" or better) or who have assessment results from a previous California Community College, or passed the Advanced Placement English and math exams (with a score of 3 or higher) or met minimum test scores on any of the following tests: SAT or ACT, or EAP or EPT or ELM. Minimum scores are indicated in the Mesa Catalog under the "Admissions and Regulations" section of the catalog.

Step 5:Transcript Request Form. This is very important!

Wait at least 1-2 weeks for your transcripts to arrive at the district office.

Call the District Student Services office at 619-388-6924 to confirm that all of your transcripts have arrived.

If yes, ask to fill out a Transcript Request Form based on your educational objective.  This can be done in the Counseling office on campus.  Mesa Counseling, I4-303, 619-388-2672.

On average, the evaluation process will take about 3 plus weeks. You will be notified through email upon completion of the transcript evaluation process by Evaluations.

Step 6: Contact the Head and/or Recruiting Coach of the sport(s) you are interested in competing in. The contact list for all sports is on the Mesa Athletics website or please click here on the Staff Directory. 

Step 7: Meet with a Counselor, ideally the MAAP Counselor

You may see a counselor on a drop-in basis (i.e..... quick questions, petitions, holds, upcoming semester/abbreviated Ed plan advising) and/or during a 1 hour appointment (i.e... long term planning, AA/AS/ADT and/or transfer planning, comprehensive Ed plan, eligibility etc...).

NO 1 hour appointments, ONLY drop-in's from August 17th to August 28th due to the high volume of students that need Counseling services.

1 hour MAAP Apointments will resume the week of August 31st

How do you make an appointment to see the MAAP Counselor and do you qualify for an appointment?

1. Call Counseling (619-388-2672) or go to the Counseling Department (I4-303) to schedule the MAAP appointment with one of the Counseling staff members.  Appointments are NOT made through the Counselor.

2. You may schedule an appointment 1-7 days in advance.

3. In order to schedule a 1 hour appointment, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Must file an application to our college and have a valid student CSID #
  • Taken the English and math assessment or have met this requirement in another way. Refer to the Mesa catalog for more information on this.
  • All post high-school transcripts and Advanced Placement (AP) and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) scores must be on file and evaluated.
  • Be currently enrolled in a course.

4. Please report to Counseling on the day of your appointment on time and with a picture ID. If you do not have a picture ID or are more than 15 minutes late you will need to reschedule. You may always call General Counseling if you are going to be a little late or if you cannot make your appointment but please do so in ADVANCE.

5. If you do not show for your appointment, your coach will be notified.

6. If the counselor is unable to see you for any reason you will be able to reschedule if appointments are available for the following week.

NOTE: Appointments are scheduled a week in advance. If you need to see the MAAP Counselor sooner, please stop by the Counseling Department and see if the MAAP counselor is available on a drop-in basis (first come first serve). If not, please see another counselor on a drop-in basis and you can always follow-up with the MAAP Counselor at a later date if needed.

All NEW student-athletes:

You must have an abbreviated or comprehensive educational plan on file by a Counselor by October 15th (fall sports) and March 1st (for spring sports) or you will not be eligible to compete until you do so.

Step 8: Enroll for classes on your registration date using Reg-e.

Course Suggestions for your First Semester:

1) English: Based on assessment or previous college course work (3 units)

2) Math: Based on assessment or previous college course work (3-5 units)

3) Personal Growth 120 or 130 or 140 (3 units) see catalog for course descriptions or enroll in a General Education Course.  Counselors teach these courses.

4) A General Education Course: Refer to the IGETC or CSU or AA General Education patterns below for course options.

5) An Intercollegiate Course: (i.e... EXSC 210 Intercollegiate Football I) 3 units

6) Exercise Science Supplemental Courses:

Discuss these courses with your Coach first or the MAAP Counselor.

These courses may consist of a professional activity course, a weight training class, cardio conditioning etc... (.5-2 units each).  These courses are under Exercise Science.

** Need to clear a prerequisite?

Students may clear the prerequisite in person by going to the Counseling department on a drop-in basis with an unofficial or official or a grade report or AP Exam score.

OR students may FAX copies of their unofficial transcripts or grade reports from prior institutions strictly for the purpose of clearing prerequisites PRIOR to registration to the San Diego Community College District, Student Services, 619-388-6946.

Step 9: Pay for your registered classes and the Student Health fee by the stated deadline. You can pay online or go to Mesa's Accounting Office (619-388-2704).

If you do not pay by the stated deadline, all classes will be dropped and you will need to re-register.

Step 10: Excel in out of the classroom and GO Olympians!

Use your campus based resources to thrive. For instance, stop by the Student Services building (I-400) and take advantage of Mesa's resources and services.

For example, The Academic Skills Center offers FREE tutoring for student-athletes. 

Degree Requirements

A) Associate Degree Requirements:

Refer to: and click on page 95-99.

B) Transfer Requirements (coursework generally consists of two components):

1) General Education (G.E.)

a) If you plan to transfer to a UC and/or CSU school or you are unsure on where you plan to transfer, follow the IGETC GE pattern below

IGETC Pattern (2015-2016)


b) If you plan to transfer to a CSU only, follow the CSU GE pattern below

CSU Pattern

You may also access this information and more on our college's Transfer Center's Educational Planning website


2) Preparation for Major

** To transfer to a UC or CSU, go to to find the G.E. and Preparation for Major coursework for each campus.

Mesa College has established articulation agreements with some independent /private colleges and universities. These agreements indicate the required patterns of coursework from Mesa College to the transferring institution.

To view and print these agreements, please visit the Mesa College's Transfer Center website and click on Articulation.

Transfer Center (I4-306), 619-388-2473.