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Early Admission Requirements

Early Admission Requirements

  1. McNeese offers early admissions programs for students who have not yet graduated from high school: High School Dual Enrollment Program; Full-time Early Admissions Program; and Exceptional Scholars Admission Program.
  2. Under these programs, students are enrolled in regular McNeese courses, and all credits attempted and earned become part of the University's permanent record. College credits earned may be used to satisfy degree requirements at McNeese.
  3. Transfer of credit earned under an early admission program is dependent upon the policies of the receiving institution.
  4. Early admission students are subject to the rules, regulations, and policies for all students at McNeese.
  5. Students wishing to enroll must meet admission requirements of the specific program as outlined below. Additionally, when registering for specific courses, the student must meet all course enrollment requirements.
    1. High School Dual Enrollment Program
      1. Students who wish to enroll at McNeese while continuing their enrollment in high school may do so under the High School Dual Enrollment Program. To enroll through this program, a student must meet the following requirements:
        1. Be currently enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade at a public or private Louisiana high school or in a state-approved homeschool program;
        2. Be on track for completing the Regents/TOPS high school core;
        3. Have a cumulative 2.75 grade point average as calculated by the high school;
        4. Have a minimum composite score of at least 18 on the PLAN or ACT (scores must be on file at the high school);
        5. Be in good standing as defined by the high school; and
        6. Have permission from the high school to participate.
      2. Additionally, to enroll in English 101, the student must have a PLAN or ACT English sub-score of at least 18, and to enroll in Mathematics 113, a PLAN or ACT mathematics sub-score of at least 19 is required.
      3. To apply, students should submit a completed High School Dual Enrollment Initial Application form to the Office of Continuing Education. A High School Dual Enrollment Continued Participation form is also required for each subsequent term of enrollment.
      4. To continue enrollment in subsequent semesters/terms through this program, the student must have successfully completed prior Dual Enrollment Program courses.
      5. Students admitted under this program may receive high school credit for University courses as outlined in dual credit agreements between McNeese and local school boards. Questions regarding this option should be directed to the high school principal or counselor.
      6. For students enrolled in summer courses through this program, dormitory facilities may be available for those who are eligible to live on campus.
    2. Full-time Early Admissions Program
      1. The full-time early admissions program was established by the Legislature and the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education; therefore, the program is open only to students enrolled in state-approved high schools.
      2. High school students who wish to complete their senior year requirements by attending McNeese may enroll by meeting the following requirements:
        1. Completion of six semesters of high school;
        2. Recommendation of the high school principal;
        3. Minimum unweighted GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; AND
        4. Minimum ACT composite score of 25
      3. Students should file for admission as described under General Admission Regulations and should submit a complete Recommendation for Full-time Early Admission of the High Ability Student Form.
      4. Upon successful completion of 24 semester hours of college work, students admitted under this program may be granted a state of Louisiana high school diploma by the appropriate school board.
    3. Exceptional Scholars Admission Program
      1. The Exceptional Scholars Admission Program (ESAP) is open to students enrolled in state-approved high schools who have documented evidence of exceptional intellectual or creative abilities. The program allows students who are not of the traditional classification required for the Part-time or Full-time Early Admission Programs to enroll in college-level courses.
      2. Program guidelines require that an applicant meet the following criteria:
        1. Minimum unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
        2. Minimum ACT composite score of 25 (SAT of 1130);
        3. Written recommendation from his/her high school principal or counselor; AND
        4. Written permission from a parent or legal guardian.