MESA LogoMESA Engineering Program (MEP)

The MESA Engineering Program, also known as the Multicultural Engineering Program at the University of California Santa Cruz campus, is the university level component of the statewide Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) - a program of the University of California Office of the President. At UC Santa Cruz, MEP is supported by the Baskin School of Engineering with its goal to promote diversity and facilitate the retention and graduation of a diverse population of students, especially groups which continue to remain the most underrepresented in engineering studies. The program received the 2004 UC Santa Cruz Excellence Through Diversity Award which is presented to programs or individuals for efforts which promote a diverse and inclusive environment.

MEP Eligibility

Eligibility for MEP participation is intended for School of Engineering students who meet two or more of the following:

  • are first in their family to attend a four year college/university
  • may have limited financial resources or experienced socio-economic challenges (low-income, financial need)
  • are from historically underrepresented or marginalized groups who typically do not pursue engineering studies


                                Photo of students presenting project in the Engineering Summer Bridge program

Students who have participated in pre-university service programs (e.g. Early Academic Outreach, Upward Bound, MESA MSP or MCCP, Talent Search, Puente, DEEP, Smith Scholastic Society, etc.) are encouraged to apply.

Participation Policy

With the goal of supporting your undergraduate experience as an engineering student while at the same time providing peer mentor support, it is important that students actively participate and engage in various academic, student leadership and professional development activities. In order to maintain your MEP eligibility for the following academic year, every student is required to meet the minimum Standard Participation.

The full Participation Policy is available to DOWNLOAD.

MEP Application

For the 2017-18 academic year, the application is a two-step process.

MEP Welcome - Fall 2017

Come and meet current and new MEP students at our annual Fall Welcome!

Thursday October 12, 6-8pm @ the MEP Study Center (BE 399)

Photo of students from the 2017 Engineering Academy program

  • Come mix and mingle with new and incoming MEP members
  • Meet the MEP Director
  • Learn more about MEP resources and services
  • Have some fun and enjoy light refreshments










Photo of students in MEP Study Center