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Lake Charles, Louisiana

McNeese Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into McNeese State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
62.2%
Admission Difficulty for McNeese State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsAverage
Applicant CompetitionLow

How hard is it to get into McNeese and can I get accepted? The school has a 62% acceptance rate ranking it #12 in Louisiana for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,054 out of 3,300 applicants were admitted making McNeese a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has average requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 45 percent. McNeese State University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Of those applicants who were admitted, 64% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by McNeese State University is a prized outcome for many students. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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McNeese SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1100-1290
Applicants Submitting SAT
11%
SAT Scores for McNeese State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 530
SAT Math 25th 570
SAT Composite 25th 1100
SAT Scores for McNeese State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 600
SAT Math 75th 690
SAT Composite 75th 1290
Average SAT Score 1200

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to McNeese State University?

McNeese State University typically requires applicants to be in the top 41 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1100 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1000. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1200 out of 1600. The school ranks #7 in Louisiana for highest average SAT composite score. 11 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

McNeese State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1290 and Above Good >74%
1195 to 1290 Avg + 62%-74%
1100 to 1195 Avg - 49%-62%
1005 to 1100 Reach 36%-49%
Less than 1005 Low <36%
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McNeese ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
20-25 
Applicants Submitting ACT
92%
ACT Scores for McNeese State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 19
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for McNeese State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 26
ACT Math 75th 25
ACT Composite 75th 25
Average ACT Score 22

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into McNeese?

Admission data indicates that McNeese regularly accepts students with ACT's of 20 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 49 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 25 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #8 in Louisiana for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 92 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to McNeese State University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

McNeese State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
25 and Above Good >76%
22 to 25 Avg + 62%-76%
20 to 22 Avg - 52%-62%
18 to 20 Reach 41%-52%
Less than 18 Low <41%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.36
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need above average high school grades to get into McNeese State University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at McNeese State University was 3.36 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #7 in Louisiana for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as McNeese accepts 62% of students who apply.

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High School GPA's for admitted McNeese State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 26% Good
3.50 to 3.75 17% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 19% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 15% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 19% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 4% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

72% of McNeese State University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted McNeese State University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 18%
Top 25% of class 41%
Top 50% of class 72%
Bottom 50% of class 28%
Bottom 25% of class 6%

Admission Statistics

McNeese State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,994 1,306 3,300
Accepted 1,180 874 2,054
Acceptance Rate 59% 67% 62%
Enrolled 784 538 1,322
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 66% 62% 64%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Aug 18, 2020
Days left to Apply
329

Applicants have 329 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Aug 18, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to McNeese before the Aug 18 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 5 Oct 18
Nov 2 Nov 15
Dec 7 Dec 20
Mar 14 Mar 27
May 2 May 15
Jun 6 Jul 15
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 26 Nov 14
Dec 14 Dec 24
Feb 8 Feb 19
Apr 4 Apr 14
Jun 13 Jun 23
Jul 18 Jul 28

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to McNeese State University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

McNeese State University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at McNeese State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=159717 IPEDS survey data for McNeese State University.