McNeese State University (McNeese)

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McNeese State University can be found in Lake Charles, LA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around eight thousand students enrolled each year at McNeese.

Most of the students accepted into McNeese State University got an SAT score in the range of 1010 - 1240, or got accepted with an ACT composite score in the range of 20 - 24. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the McNeese average GPA ranges from 3.06 to 3.25 for accepted students. 81% of all students that apply are admitted to McNeese State University, from which 64 percent choose to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall McNeese Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for McNeese State University was reported as 80.7% in Fall 2020 with over 2,350 college applications submitted to McNeese. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • McNeese ACT Scores: 20 - 24
  • McNeese Average GPA: 3.06 - 3.25

How Hard Is It to Get into McNeese State University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into McNeese, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for McNeese State University has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 63.7%
  • 2017-2018: 62.2%
  • 2018-2019: 70.3%
  • 2019-2020: 80.7%
  • Projected McNeese Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 67.1%

How Does McNeese Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for McNeese is forty-two percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Louisiana State University-Alexandria56.3%
Louisiana College69.4%
Southern University and A & M College34.9%
Our Lady of the Lake College56.7%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to McNeese (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading510 - 610
Math500 - 630
Total Score1010 - 1240
ACT®Score Range
English20 - 25
Math18 - 24
Composite Score20 - 24
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