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MESA is here to empower you through your academic, career, and personal journey at Edmonds College.


The Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement (MESA) program focuses on initiatives to improve diversity and retention of historically underrepresented students in STEM, including African American, Latinx/Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and women students. We provide opportunities for students to develop a STEM identity and network and transfer successfully to a four-year institution to earn their bachelor's degree in STEM. Our goal is to increase diversity in the STEM workforce by addressing the challenges underrepresented students face in their educational and career development.

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MESA Students on average have higher GPAs (3.0) when compared to other calculus based STEM students (2.5) in Fall 2021.


Over 300 Edmonds College MESA Alumni and thousands of MESA Alumni across WA State.


Over 15 MESA program services to help you reach your goals.


Over $37,063 in MESA Scholarships for tuition, books, and university application fees have been awarded.
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MESA offers a unique variety of services to support you through your academic, career, and personal journey of becoming a competitive STEM transfer student.

  • MESA Student Center 
  • Virtual and face to face tutoring and events
  • Holistic Academic Advising
  • Transfer & Academic Assistance
  • MESA Scholarships
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Academic Excellence Workshops (AEWs) 
  •  MESA Lending Library 
  •  MESA Family & STEM Community
  •  MESA Student Orientation  
  •  MESA Ambassadors
  •  MESA Student Board
  •  STEM Exploration
  •  MESA Resource Database
  • MESA Student Resource Q&A


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Tina - MESA Alumni 18'

"As a first generation, low-income, woman of color in STEM who recently immigrated to the U.S., I needed help navigating the U.S. college system. MESA gave me all the tools I needed to explore opportunities and become successful. MESA assisted me with getting my Associate of Science degree and transferring to the University of Washington-Seattle, where I now pursue my education in pure Mathematics. MESA thrives for student success and provides you any support you need to build your own future." UW Seattle | Pure Mathematics

Fred Hutch Tour   UW Physics Slam

SoundBio   Poster Prize
Top Left: Fred Hutch Tour - 2016; Top Right: UW Physics Slam - 2019; Bottom Left: SoundBio Lab Tour - 2019; Bottom Right: MESA Student Leadership Retreat - 2019


You may be eligible for MESA if you meet a variety of the following requirements listed below.
  • Historically Underrepresented in the STEM fields | African American, Latinx/Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and women students.
  • First-generation college students (parents did not receive a four year bachelor's degree).
  • Students at an economic disadvantage (i.e. low-income, homeless, etc.).
  • U.S. citizens, resident aliens, permanent residents, DACA approved, DACA eligible, HB 1079/WASFA eligible and undocumented students.
  • **Mandatory** Intended major in a calculus based STEM field (nursing is not a calculus based STEM field).
  • Support the MESA mission to close the equity gap in STEM fields
  • No previous bachelors degree earned.
Nursing and international students are not eligible for MESA.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed holistically. 


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Hazel Miller Hall  |  Sept. 24  |  Noon-3 p.m.

This annual event is organized by the Edmonds College STEM Division to welcome you to the community and introduce you to the many resources and opportunities available to STEM students. This year the event will be held as an open house style in our new Hazel Miller Hall building. At this event, you will:

  • Meet other STEM students,
  • Meet faculty and staff that support you,
  • Talk with advisors about selecting the best classes for your degree,
  • Connect with STEM focused student clubs
  • Get familiar with our new, state-of-the-art STEM building: Hazel Miller Hall,

and discover all that STEM has to offer! New and returning students are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

No Registration Required

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MESA Student Hermione speaking at the 2019 Women's Empowerment
Photo Credit: Mary Ross - AAUW


Women's Empowerment Luncheon

MESA Alumni and Edmonds College Campus Event Programmer, Hermione, lead the organization of a Women’s Empowerment Luncheon on campus. This was the first event in Edmonds College history that recognized the impactful work that women are doing across campus.

During the Women’s Empowerment Luncheon, over 30 women were recognized for overcoming obstacles, academic achievement towards educational and professional goals, student leadership, community involvement, and helping others. For some awardees, this was the first time they had been recognized for resilience, determination, and impacting others.

Thank you Hermione and everyone who supported the first Women’s Empowerment Luncheon. Check out the Women's Empowerment Movement website to view the 2020 virtual awards.

SWE Club
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Rocketry Club
Rocketry Society

Cultural Kitchen
Cultural Kitchen



MESA students are very active on and off campus. Some organizations, clubs, and industry MESA students participate in include:
  • Edmonds College Club Officers
    • Math Club
    • SWE Club
    • Rocketry Club
    • Robotics Club
    • Bee Club
  • Edmonds College Undergraduate Research
  • Undoing Institutional Racism Workshop by the People's Institute
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Present Research at the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • Event Programmer for the Center for Student Cultural Diversity and Inclusion
  • NASA National Community College Aerospace Scholar
  • Beach Naturalist
  • Business Owners
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Tutor in the MESA Student Center, Math Center, STEM Room, and the Learning Support Center
  • Serve on Campus Committees
  • Center for Student Engagement & Leadership Executive Board Administrative Liaison
  • Volunteer at the Campus Farm
  • Internships
  • Participate in Service Learning
  • NASA Internships
  • Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conferences
  • Conferences - WiSE, NSBE, SACNAS, SWE, AISES, SHPE, and more.
  • Community Engagement and Advocacy
Robotics Club
Robotics Club
Math Club
Math Club
Campus Farm
Campus Farm


There are thousands of universities across the United States and the world. The possibilities where you go and what you can do after Edmonds College are boundless. Most MESA students transfer to universities within WA State and the most common universities include:

  • University of Washington - Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma
  • Washington State University - Everett and Pullman
  • Seattle University
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Western Washington University
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Brown University 
Common departments include:
  • Engineering: Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Industrial, and Bioengineering
  • Computer Science
  • Natural Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics
  • Mathematics and Applied Mathematics

If you want to transfer to a university out of WA State or in another part of the world, do not be afraid to pursue your dreams!

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MESA Resource Database

Do you dream of developing innovative solutions using clean energy? Are you looking for the opportunity to assist with the care of injured and orphaned wild animals? Are you driven to conduct cutting-edge research to improve the lives of others? If so, then you should make your experience happen by applying to internships or participating in other experience-based opportunities.

Internships and experience-based opportunities such as conducting research, volunteering,  club leadership, and participating in an internship are crucial in developing into a competitive STEM transfer student. Check out the MESA Resource Database to learn about the opportunities available to you to participate in. You can sort by items such as affinity group, location, field, and payment. There are also tabs highlighting resources for undocumented and non-resident students, events, running start students, resources on campus, and more!



MESA Students Meet with Gov Inslee
MESA student Taylor and MESA Alumni Tina, showing Governor Inslee 
how the new Edmonds College wind tunnel works. Photo Credit: Office of the Governor

MESA Alumni Surveying Sea Starts
MESA Alumni Jessica, surveying sea stars at Camano Island State ParkPhoto Credit:  THE HERALD, EVERETT, The Bellingham Herald,
 Volunteers survey sea stars to monitor devastating disease.



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