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MESA serves educationally disadvantaged students and, to the extent possible by law, emphasizes participation by students from groups with low rates of eligibility for four-year colleges.

Since 1999, the UC Irvine MESA Schools Program (MSP) has served elementary, middle, and high school students with the goal of enhancing math and science skills, exploring career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and ensuring that students are competitively eligible for the university.

Additional information is available on our MESA Brochure.

A History of MESA

For a detailed account of the history of California MESA, click HERE.
The timeline below is an account of the history of the MESA Program at UC Irvine:

Year Milestone
The UCI MESA Schools Program is born. A partnership is formed with the Compton Unified School District and Anahem Union High School District.
The Elementary MESA program is launched as a pilot with one school, Lincoln Drew in Compton.
King/Drew Magnet High School joins the UCI MESA family.
A team from Roosevelt MS(Compton) wins the National Engineering Design Competition hosted by UC Irvine and CSU Fullerton. The challenge was a Multi-Purpose Vehicle.
A different team from Roosevelt MS wins the National competition with a Multi-Task Trebuchet and make Roosevelt MS the first back-to-back champions in MESA history. The competition was hosted by Maryland MESA.
The Elementary MESA program is fully launched at 6 schools in Compton: Lincoln Drew, Clinton, Roosevelt, McKinley, Bunche, and Willard.
Garden Grove High School becomes the first school from Orange County to join the UCI MESA family.
A new partnership is created with Lynwood Unified School District. UCI MESA welcomes Cesar Chavez MS, Hosler MS, Lynwood MS, Firebaugh HS, and Lynwood HS.
A team from Garden Grove HS wins the National competition in the Wind Energy Challenge hosted by Colorado MESA.
The Elementary MESA program is expanded to more schools with the addition of Foster ES, Mayo ES, and Kennedy ES.
The UCI MESA family continues to grow. Lake Intermediate and Bolsa Grande HS are added from Garden Grove USD, Markham MS from Los Angeles USD, and Micro-Enterprise Charter Academy from North Long Beach.