McNeese State University

2014 Quick Stats
4205 Ryan Street

Lake Charles, LA 70609

Phone: (337) 475-5000
2012-2013 Tuition
male /
Aug. 19
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#92 Overall Score: 35 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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McNeese State University is a public institution that was founded in 1939. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,711, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 98 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. McNeese State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 92. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,088 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $15,170 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Located in Southwest Louisiana in an area that is known for its friendly people, outdoor recreational opportunities and great food, McNeese is quickly becoming the University of Innovation through the promotion of innovative teaching and learning methodologies, regional partnerships, service-learning opportunities, applied research, cultural engagement and athletic excellence!
McNeese students from 50 parishes (counties), 30 states and 40 countries can select from a wide variety of majors in business, education, engineering, languages, communication, visual and performing arts, social sciences, health care and agricultural, biological and environmental sciences.
Undergraduate internships and research are supported and encouraged. Research projects cross the various disciplines and showcase academic interests from biology and agricultural sciences to art, engineering and economics.

Current research by McNeese faculty and students may lead to discoveries of a new class of antibiotics developed with alligator blood, mosquito control strategies, solutions for wetlands erosion, wildlife management, healthier beef and pork products, coastal restoration and innovative ways to use native plants for their natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
With three working farms covering over 2,100-acres, McNeese agricultural sciences majors have unique hands-on opportunities to experience day-to-day farm operations and work with area cattle producers. McNeese is one of just a few four-year universities in the country to have a state-of-the-art meat processing and production facility. The Center for Advancement of Meat Production and Processing supports work force development by preparing students for a wide variety of jobs in the agricultural and food science industry.
Students from all majors participate in the Internship Program that provides McNeese students with invaluable, hands-on experience and unique opportunities that often lead to job offers and lifelong professional mentors. They have completed internships at hundreds of corporations, medical facilities, retail businesses, non-profit organizations and industries in Southwest Louisiana and throughout the world.
McNeese is at the epicenter of a multi-billion dollar economic development that includes construction and expansion of industries in Southwest Louisiana. The newly constructed Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial and Economic Development (SEED) Center on the McNeese campus is a regional, one-stop, economic development facility.
The SEED Center is also the home to the McNeese Innovative Center that includes a business incubator where students can receive mentoring while they build their entrepreneurial skills to develop or grow a business or business product.

McNeese is just the second university in the country to offer the Innovation Engineering Career Accelerator Program, which is designed to help students learn new thinking skills that will help them in the creation, communication and commercialization of innovative ideas. The courses are open to students of any major and teach students how to be innovative in every discipline, every major and endeavor they choose.
McNeese competes in 16 NCAA men's and women's teams and the Cowboys and Cowgirls have won more than 30 conference championships and made two trips to the football national championship. McNeese is the only university in Louisiana to have a rodeo team. McNeese rodeo students have won three national team titles and 12 individual titles.
Recently ranked in the top 58 public institutions for offering affordable tuition and high average salary earnings for graduates, McNeese has been recognized nationally as one of the best regional universities in the South and for providing individual attention to students. Faculty and staff embrace the McNeese motto of Excellence With a Personal Touch!

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1939
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $15,523,282


When applying to McNeese State University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 19. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 19. The application fee at McNeese State University is $20. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 60.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 60.7%
Application deadline August 19
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 19

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at McNeese State University is 21:1, and the school has 38.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at McNeese State University include: General Studies; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Accounting; Criminal Justice/Safety Studies; and Engineering, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 68.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 21:1
4-year graduation rate 16%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
General Studies 16%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 12%
Accounting 6%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 5%
Engineering, General 5%

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Student Life

McNeese State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,711, with a gender distribution of 38.4 percent male students and 61.6 percent female students. McNeese State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 8,588
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

McNeese State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. McNeese State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at McNeese State University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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In-state tuition and fees $5,088 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $15,170 (2012-13)
Room and board $6,610 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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