The Laney College MESA Program supports students interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields by providing academic support and enrichment opportunities.

The Laney MESA program includes:

  • Tutoring
  • Counseling
  • Workshops
  • Facilitated study groups
  • Dedicated MESA Center
  • Transfer and career preparation
  • Field trips and university visits
  • Scholarship resources
  • Supportive community
  • A vast network from over 40 years of existence – including MESA students across California in community colleges, universities, and professionals in industry.

Although MESA is an academic program with eligibility requirements, all are welcome to participate in many of our events on campus!

To join this supportive community of scholars, you'll need to meet a few key criteria:

A student must:

  • Be a Laney College student
  • Be studying a calculus-based science, engineering, technology, or math major
    • Common majors include biology, chemistry, computer science, data science, environmental science, geology, mathematics, and all engineering majors.
  • Be a first-generation college student
    • Neither parent completed a Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college in any country
  • Demonstrate financial need through ONE of the following:
    • Receive financial aid: BOG, California Promise Grant, PELL grant, CA Dream Act, Federal Work Study, Cal Fresh, GI Bill, or other need-based financial aid
    • EOPS, CARE, or CalWORKS participant
    • Student, parent, or guardian is a TANF recipient
    • Household income at or below 150% of federal poverty guidelines
  • Have no previous bachelor’s degree
  • Be a US Citizen, permanent resident, or AB 540
  • Agree to participate in MESA Program activities and sign our student agreement

If you do not meet the above requirements, you are invited to join the “Friends of MESA” cohort.

Who is eligible for Friends of MESA?

Eligibility for “Friends of MESA” is the same as for MESA, however students must either be a first-generation college student or demonstrate financial need.

“Friends of MESA” students enjoy all the same benefits as MESA students, except eligibility for scholarships or conference travel.

Apply to MESA