“The MEP free tutoring service is invaluable to my academic success at Cal Poly. If I fail to understand my professors during office hours, usually my next best choice to get help from is MEP tutoring.”

Rosario Ochoa Aerospace Engineering

Multicultural Engineering Program

About Us

The Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) supports university students enrolled in engineering curriculums successfully attain their Cal Poly degrees. MEP is an academic support program designed to recruit, retain, and graduate underrepresented students in engineering and computer science disciplines. We build an academic support community and provide the necessary bridges for students' academic and professional success.

MEP BBQ 2014

Where Can You Find Us?

Find your MEP staff in 40-115. We have an open door policy - if the MEP doors are open and we are available, we are happy to meet with you. To confirm a time to meet with us, take advantage of our appointment or walk-ins times. Appointments are available Monday - Friday. Schedule an appointment with any MEP staff member by stopping by 40-117, or emailing with your availability. We also have scheduled walk-in hours below.

     10:00-12:00: Jackie
     1:00-3:00: Candy (on CENG Advising Walk-ins)
     10:00-12:00: Maria
     1:00-3:00: Jackie (on CENG Advising Walk-ins)
     1:00-3:00: Candy
     9:00-11:00: Maria (on CENG Advising Walk-ins)
     1:00-2:00: Jackie


Our Services

As a student affiliated with MEP, we offer to you...

A bi-weekly newsletter with upcoming events exclusive to MEP

Tutoring services for engineering, math and science courses

Academic, career, and personal advising

Mentoring for new freshmen and transfer students

Scholarship opportunities

A computer lab and 24-hour study room

First Year Seminar course for first-time freshmen and transfers orienting you to Cal Poly

Academic, career, and leadership development workshops

Industry networking opportunities

Peer support within student organizations/clubs



Anyone can participate in many of our activities. However, certain scholarships are only available to active MEP students.

Recent Program Highlights

  • MEP serves over 400 Cal Poly students.
  • With an 89% retention rate for first-year students, MEP hit a three-year average high comparable to the retention rate for the college as a whole.
  • Corporate sponsored scholarships totaling more than $126,000 were awarded to approximately 100 students at the 2012 MEP Corporate Social and Academic Recognition Banquet. The event was made possible through generous contributions to MEP from our Industry Advisory Board.
  • Our chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers has earned the title of Regional Chapter of the Year the last five out of seven years.
  • Alumnus Ron Smith (EE '83) received the Black Engineer of the Year Award. Smith is vice president for Northrop Grumman's Six Sigma sector.

Interested in becoming a part of MEP?

Learn more by exploring our website! Click here to go to the MEP eligibility and application

Watch this video to hear about additional opportunities within MEP!