San Diego Mesa College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$1,104
2022 Average Net Price
$8,506
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
6.19%
on Student Loans
2022 Enrolled Students
18,076
19.8% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
33.8%
449 Graduates

About

San Diego Mesa College is a higher education institution located in San Diego County, CA. In 2022, the most popular Associates Degree concentrations at San Diego Mesa College were General Business Administration & Management (277 degrees awarded), General Psychology (146 degrees), and General Biological Sciences (138 degrees).

In 2022, 1,855 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at San Diego Mesa College. 60.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 39.5% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was hispanic or latino (644 degrees), 1.12 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (577 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at San Diego Mesa College is $1,104, which is $−7,008 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at San Diego Mesa College is $1,104, which is $−7,008 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $8,506.

In 2022, 34% of undergraduate students attending San Diego Mesa College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 1% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$1,104
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at San Diego Mesa College was $1,104. The cost of tuition at San Diego Mesa College is $−7,008 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

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Average Net Price

$8,506
2022 Value
11%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 San Diego Mesa College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $8,506. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of San Diego Mesa College grew by 11%.

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Other Student Expenses

$17,254
Room and Board
$1,126
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at San Diego Mesa College was of $17,254 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 4.07% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,126. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

34%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
1%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

34% of undergraduate students at San Diego Mesa College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 10.5% with respect to 2021, when 38% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
6.19%
2019 Default Rate
19
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at San Diego Mesa College was 6.19%, which represents 19 out of the 307 total borrowers.

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Enrollment

San Diego Mesa College had a total enrollment of 18,076 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at San Diego Mesa College is 3,585 students and the part-time enrollment is 14,491. This means that 19.8% of students enrolled at San Diego Mesa College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at San Diego Mesa College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 39.8% Hispanic or Latino, 29% White, 14.6% Asian, 7.83% Two or More Races, 6.46% Black or African American, 0.459% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.227% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at San Diego Mesa College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (23.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (17.5%) and White Male (15.2%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

19.8%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at San Diego Mesa College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 18,076 students. The full-time enrollment at San Diego Mesa College is 3,585 and the part-time enrollment is 14,491. This means that 19.8% of students enrolled at San Diego Mesa College are enrolled full-time compared with 32.2% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

65%
2015 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at San Diego Mesa College was 65%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (62%), San Diego Mesa College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    7,198 enrolled students
  2. White
    5,235 enrolled students
  3. Asian
    2,638 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at San Diego Mesa College is 39.8% Hispanic or Latino, 29% White, 14.6% Asian, 7.83% Two or More Races, 6.46% Black or African American, 0.459% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.227% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 42.9% White, 27.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.5% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 241 students (1.33%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 389 more women than men received degrees from San Diego Mesa College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at San Diego Mesa College is hispanic or latino (644 degrees awarded). There were 1.12 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (577 degrees).

The most common Associates Degree concentration at San Diego Mesa College is General Business Administration & Management (277 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (146 degrees) and General Biological Sciences (138 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at San Diego Mesa College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Communication Technologies (20 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (36 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (115 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at San Diego Mesa College are Physicians (425,462 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (162,195 people), Other managers (159,457 people), Postsecondary teachers (145,328 people), and Registered nurses (108,234 people).

The most specialized majors at San Diego Mesa College in 2022 are Communication Technologies (20 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (36 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (115 degrees), Human Sciences (47 degrees), and Biology (138 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at San Diego Mesa College are Surgeons, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Physicians, Financial examiners, and Podiatrists

The most specialized majors at San Diego Mesa College are Communication Technologies (20 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (36 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (115 degrees), Human Sciences (47 degrees), and Biology (138 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at San Diego Mesa College are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (547,781 people), Elementary & secondary schools (382,406 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (347,378 people), Offices of physicians (215,020 people), and Scientific research & development services (148,651 people).

The most specialized majors at San Diego Mesa College are Communication Technologies (20 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (36 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (115 degrees), Human Sciences (47 degrees), and Biology (138 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by San Diego Mesa College.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 277 degrees awarded
  2. 146 degrees awarded
  3. 138 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common associates degree concentration at San Diego Mesa College was General Business Administration & Management with 277 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

733
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
1,122
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 733 degrees were awarded to men at San Diego Mesa College, which is 0.653 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,122).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 144 degrees were awarded to men at San Diego Mesa College in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.04 times more than the 138 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 157 degrees were awarded to men at San Diego Mesa College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.44 times more than the 109 male recipients with that same degree.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (52.1%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at San Diego Mesa College is Female and Asian (52.1% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.11% of graduates (5 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    644 degrees awarded
  2. White
    577 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    317 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at San Diego Mesa College is hispanic or latino (644 degrees awarded). There were 1.12 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (577 degrees).

1.94% of degree recipients (36 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    402 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    350 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    242 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at San Diego Mesa College is hispanic or latino female (402 degrees awarded). There were 1.15 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (350 degrees).

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Operations

San Diego Mesa College employs 225 Instructors. Most academics at San Diego Mesa College are Female Instructor (132), and Male Instructor (93).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at San Diego Mesa College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 143 employees, Management, with 26 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 6 employees.

Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $2.58M - Federal
  2. $30M - State
  3. $1.05M - Local

As of 2022, San Diego Mesa College received $2.58M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $30M from state grants and contracts, and $1.05M from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$58.8M
2022 Salaries
1.54%
growth from 2021

In 2022, San Diego Mesa College paid a median of $58.8M in salaries, a 1.54% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.8M (40.1% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$22.9M
Instructional Salaries
225
Number of Employees

In 2022, San Diego Mesa College paid a total of $22.9M to 225 employees working as instructors, which represents 39% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.35M (31.8%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
225 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
143 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at San Diego Mesa College was Instructor with 225 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at San Diego Mesa College were Office and Administrative Support with 143 employees, Management with 26 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 6 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Instructor
  2. Male Instructor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at San Diego Mesa College was Female Instructor with 132 employees, and Male Instructor with 93 employees.

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