McNeese State University
Exceptional Scholars Admission Program (ESAP)
McNeese State University offers the Exceptional Scholars Admission Program (ESAP) for students with documented evidence of exceptional intellectual or creative abilities. This program allows those students who are not of the traditional classification required for the Early Admissions Program to enroll in college-level classes.
Eligibility for the ESAP requires that a student have a minimum state-approved high school GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, a written recommendation from their high school principal or counselor, and a minimum ACT composite of 25 (SAT of 1130). Official ACT or SAT scores must be sent to McNeese directly from the testing agency. Written permission from a parent or legal guardian is also required for ESAP students.
In addition to the general requirements for the ESAP, students wishing to take Freshman- level English and/or Math courses must meet the following minimum requirements:
- English ACT score of 18 for ENGL 101
- Math ACT score of 19 for MATH 113
- Math ACT score of 22 for MATH 170
Students will be considered for approval when the completed Application for Admission, ESAP Approval Form, and supporting documentation are received by the Office of Admissions. Students selected for the program will be enrolled in regular freshmen classes and, upon completion of the term, will receive deferred credit at McNeese State University. This credit will become a part of the student’s permanent record at the University only upon the student graduating from high school and furnishing the McNeese Registrar with his/her complete high school transcript. Upon admission to the University as a degree seeking student, credits earned in this program, if applicable to the chosen major, may be used to satisfy degree requirements at McNeese. The transfer of credit to other institutions depends upon the policies of that particular institution.
Students in the ESAP program are subject to the rules, regulations and policies for all students at McNeese State University. Fees and other expenses will be the same as for the regularly enrolled students. Dormitory facilities are available for those who wish to live on campus. Regular tuition and fees apply to students enrolled in the ESAP.