Welcome to Tacoma/South Puget Sound MESA!
We hope our site on the web can be a helpful resource to you and your educational pursuits. We welcome you to explore our website or contact us if you have any questions at all about finding materials, program information, or collaborative opportunities! We are located on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington and have extensive involvement in many area schools in helping students achieve their best in math, science, and engineering.
Tacoma/South Puget Sound MESA was established in 1984 and served an initial population of approximately twenty students. Since that time, the program has grown immensely and currently serves over 800 students. Over 92% of our graduates go on to colleges and universities across the country. MESA students earn university degrees in engineering and science at a rate that is nearly five times greater than the national average. (NSF 2006)
Washington State MESA works to support underrepresented students achieving and contributing their full potential in mathematics, engineering and science.
Our Agreed upon Vision
We will end “under” representation in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields through education, opportunities, and partnerships.
Our Agreed upon Mission
To prepare underrepresented (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander, and women) students for higher education and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).