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Chances of getting into McNeese State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
80.7%
Admission Difficulty for McNeese State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsModerate
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
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How hard is it to get into McNeese and can I get accepted? The school has a 81% acceptance rate ranking it #18 in Louisiana for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,899 out of 2,352 applicants were admitted making McNeese State University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has moderate requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 54 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.

McNeese SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1010-1240
Applicants Submitting SAT
11%
SAT Scores for McNeese State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 510
SAT Math 25th 500
SAT Composite 25th 1010
SAT Scores for McNeese State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 610
SAT Math 75th 630
SAT Composite 75th 1240
Average SAT Score 1130

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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 59 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1010 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 890. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1130 out of 1600. The school ranks #8 in Louisiana for highest average SAT composite score. 11 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

McNeese State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1240 and Above Good >88%
1125 to 1240 Avg + 81%-88%
1010 to 1125 Avg - 71%-81%
895 to 1010 Reach 60%-71%
Less than 895 Low <60%
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McNeese ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
20-24 
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 25
ACT Math 75th 24
ACT Composite 75th 24
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 24 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 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

McNeese State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
24 and Above Good >88%
22 to 24 Avg + 81%-88%
20 to 22 Avg - 71%-81%
18 to 20 Reach 60%-71%
Less than 18 Low <60%
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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 grades are above the average 3.36 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as McNeese accepts 81% of all applicants.

 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 1,387 965 2,352
Accepted 1,097 802 1,899
Acceptance Rate 79% 83% 81%
Enrolled 703 512 1,215
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 64% 64% 64%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
May 15, 2021
Days left to Apply
68

Applicants have 68 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?

81% of those who apply are granted admission to McNeese. Admission competition is and the college has moderate 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 1010 and 1240. 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 24. 93% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.