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Chances of getting into McNeese State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
70.3%
Admission Difficulty for McNeese State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsEasy
Applicant CompetitionLow
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How hard is it to get into McNeese and can I get accepted? The school has a 70% acceptance rate ranking it #13 in Louisiana for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,267 out of 3,224 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 easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 58 percent. McNeese State University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Of those applicants who were admitted, 61% 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.

McNeese SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
970-1140
Applicants Submitting SAT
11%
SAT Scores for McNeese State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 490
SAT Math 25th 480
SAT Composite 25th 970
SAT Scores for McNeese State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 570
SAT Math 75th 570
SAT Composite 75th 1140
Average SAT Score 1060

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 66 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 970 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 880. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1060 out of 1600. The school ranks #10 in Louisiana for highest average SAT composite score. 11 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

McNeese State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1140 and Above Good >80%
1055 to 1140 Avg + 70%-80%
970 to 1055 Avg - 58%-70%
885 to 970 Reach 45%-58%
Less than 885 Low <45%
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McNeese ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
20-25 
Applicants Submitting ACT
93%
ACT Scores for McNeese State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 20
ACT Math 25th 18
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 #9 in Louisiana for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 93 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to McNeese State University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

McNeese State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
25 and Above Good >82%
22 to 25 Avg + 70%-82%
20 to 22 Avg - 60%-70%
18 to 20 Reach 50%-60%
Less than 18 Low <50%
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McNeese GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

What GPA do you need to get into McNeese State University?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into McNeese. 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 70% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted McNeese State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

McNeese State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,910 1,314 3,224
Accepted 1,302 965 2,267
Acceptance Rate 68% 73% 70%
Enrolled 795 578 1,373
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 61% 60% 61%

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
May 15, 2021
Days left to Apply
204

Applicants have 204 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on May 15, 2021.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to McNeese State University and what student information is used for 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.

FAQs

Does McNeese State University prefer SAT or ACT?

11% of students submit their SAT scores to McNeese. 93% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into McNeese State University?

70% of those who apply are granted admission to McNeese. Admission competition is low and the college has easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for McNeese State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 970 and 1140. 11% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for McNeese State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 25. 93% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.