Student Checklist

Welcome to San Diego Mesa College! Mesa's Counseling Department is committed to providing the highest quality of services and assistance to students.

We've created numerous online resources that allow you to complete many processes completely online. Use this New Student Checklist to get started and keep track of your progress.  Here are the six required steps you need to complete:

Step 1: Application - Start by completing the online application for admission
Step 2: Orientation - Complete the online New Student Orientation (Flash player required)
Step 3: Assessment - Visit the Assessment office to learn about English and math testing
Step 4: Advisement - See a Counselor to develop your Abbreviated Education Plan (two-semester) or get started on selecting your first semester classes on your own.
Step 5: Registration - Register for classes
Step 6: Fee Payment

The online orientation will take you less than two hours to complete and, once you begin, you can save your progress if you need to sign out and return later.  For more information and resources, check out the New Student Welcome Page.


Need to submit your official college transcripts or test scores?  Mail all official college transcripts and test scores to:

San Diego Community College District, SDCCD Records Office, 3375 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108-3883.

To request an official evaluation of your transcripts, complete a Request for Transcript Evaluation available in the Counseling Office (I4-303). (Allow approximately 4-6 weeks for your transcript/s to arrive.)

To apply for financial aid: Complete the FAFSA and the Board of Governors Waiver (BOG-W).

Get familiar with campus: Click here for the campus map and here for parking information.



Mesa College Programs and Services

We have a number of programs to assist you with achieving your academic goals here at Mesa College.

Clicking on most of the program titles will automatically direct you to each program's homepage.

International Students - A resource for non-immigrant students attending San Diego Mesa College on F-1 student visas.

MAAP - The Mesa Academic and Athletics Program (MAAP) is a cooperative effort between the Counseling and Physical Education/Athletic Departments dedicated to the academic success of Mesa student-athletes.

Mesa Academy - A student support program designed to enhance African American student success.

The Transfer Center - Serves as a resource center for students interested in transfer. Check out brochures, catalogs, workshops and more!

Puente Project - A student support program designed to enhance Latino/a student success.

Testing and Orientation - The testing session will help determine which English and math classes you are prepared to take. Orientation will cover essential information on certificate, degree, and general transfer information. It will also address registration, college policies, and procedures that you need know to be successful at Mesa College.

Veteran Students (VA) - Designated counselors are here to help veteran students in any way we can. Anyone entitled to V.A. benefits should first contact the Veteran's office at (619) 388-2805.

Learning Communities - an academic program with inter-related courses and interesting subjects that provides participants with a support system to help with retention and academic achievement.

Career Center - Provides students with workshops, events, resources, tools and counseling to support career and major decision making and job readiness skills such as resumes, job search and internships.

If you have general questions, feel free to contact us via email at

It is our goal to respond to all emails within 72 hours but in some instances it may take longer.

Important note: There will be a longer delay in our response time during registration periods (November - December, and June - July) due to a higher volume of students visiting the Counseling office.

Click here to learn about MOCC - Mesa Online Counseling Center

Welcome to the San Diego Mesa Counseling Center. Our Counseling faculty are available throughout the year to assist you with academic advising (vocational and transfer), career and personal counseling. Note that this service is available to Mesa College online students.