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Mesa Academics & Athletics Program
Getting Started

12 Steps to Student Athlete Enrollment and Educational Planning 

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

Prior to taking the Placement Assistant Tool or 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


To complete the Placement Assistant Tool go to the Assessment office located in the Student Services Building on the 2nd floor.  Bring a copy of your high school transcript.  Or you may contact them at   619-388-2718 or or visit our Assessment website for hours of operation testing options and procedures.

Virtual proctoring of the Placement Assistant may be available to students who reside out of the San Diego area. Virtual proctoring is determined on a case-by-case basis. Students who may need this option must contact the Assessment Office to determine eligibility and next steps.

Placement Assistant Tool 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 EAP without local validation. Minimum scores are indicated in the Mesa Catalog under the "Admissions and Regulations" section of the catalog.

Visit the Financial Aid website on how to apply or apply online via FAFSA.

To see if you qualify for the San Diego Promise program please visit @

Apply for Financial Aid ASAP especially if you are a non-resident student-athlete.

If you have previous college transcripts, Advanced Placement exams (AP) (score of 3 or higher) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits, or CLEP or Dantes, please send these scores to our district office:


San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) Transcripts Department

3375 Camino del Rio South, Suite 100

San Diego, Ca 92108-3883

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 = Room I4-303,  619-388-2672.

On average, the evaluation process will take about 4 weeks. You will be notified through email upon completion of the transcript evaluation process by Evaluations.

Contact the Head 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 and fill out a recruiting form (if needed).  

You may see a counselor on a drop-in basis (i.e. quick questions, petitions, semester plan advising) and/or during a 1 hour appointment (i.e. long term planning, AA/AS and/or transfer planning, eligibility etc...). Hot Spot Services (i.e. quick questions) are also available in the Exercise Science Building M-Th during the academic school year.  See MAAP homepage for more info.   

 How do you make a 1 hour 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 MAAP appointment, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Completed the Placement Assistant Tool or Math and English assessment or a college level English and math class with a "C" or better or see Mesa Catalog or Testing website for exemptions
  • Official transcripts of all colleges attended and/or AP/IB exams must be on file 
  • Official transcripts must be evaluated for course equivalency (students must request for an evaluation and this may take up to 30 business days to process) 

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 and/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 at least 1 hour 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 with one of the Counseling staff members if appointments are available for the following week.

NOTE: Appointments are scheduled a week in advance. If you need to see the MAAP Counselor(s) 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 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.

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

Need to clear a pre-requisite?  
You may clear the pre-req 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/grade reports from prior institutions strictly for clearing prereqs PRIOR to registration to the San Diego Community College District at 619-388-6946.

First Semester Course Suggestions:

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

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

5) EXSC Intercollegiate Course: (i.e. During your season of sport, you will enroll in your intercollegiate/practice course, for example, EXSC 210 Intercollegiate Football I) 3 units

6) EXSC Supplemental Courses: Discuss these courses with your Coach

These courses may consist of a professional activity course, a weight training class, cardio conditioning etc... (0.5-2 units each).  These courses are under Exercise Science.

General Education (GE) Requirements: 

Here are the 3 most used GE patterns:

See a counselor to see which pattern is right for you :)

1) District GE Pattern 2018-2019, primarily used for students who do not plan to transfer and just want an AA or who may want to transfer out of state).  

2) IGETC Pattern 2018-2019 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


3) CSU Pattern 2018-2019 If you plan to transfer to a CSU only, follow the CSU GE pattern

You may also access this information and more at Mesa's Transfer Center website. 

AND in addition to GE courses you will also need to take Preparation for Major if you plan to transfer or if you want an AA from Mesa or our Distict you will need to see the college catalog for a list of all major requirements and AA requirements SDCCD Catalog

** To transfer to a UC or CSU, go to to find the Preparation for Major coursework for each UC/CSU 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.

 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.

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 Mesa Tutoring & Computing Center offers FREE tutoring for student-athletes. 

See link about Tutoring just for Athletes on MW, 3-6pm. 

Do you want to know about what additional services are available to you?  Filll out the form Your Mesa Journey to start your journey! 

Exploring through career services at

a. Career Workshops

b. Career Planning Services

c. Information interviews

d. Internship opportunities

e. Job shadow opportunities

f. Field trips

g. Work experience