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McNeese State University Overview

McNeese State University is a public institution located in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The location of McNeese is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is McNeese State University Known For?

1,139 Undergraduate Awards
$22,623 Avg Cost After Aid
62% Acceptance Rate
  • The post-master's certificate is the highest award offered at McNeese.
  • In 2017-2018, 100% of the faculty were full-time.

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McNeese State University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at McNeese.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value General Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Most Popular General Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Most Popular General Agriculture Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Best Value Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#65 Best Value Political Science & Government Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#98 Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#98 Most Popular Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#98 Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards McNeese has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best General Engineering Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#6 Highest Paid General Engineering Graduates College Factual

Where Is McNeese State University?

Location of McNeese State University

Contact details for McNeese are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4205 Ryan St, Lake Charles, LA 70605
Phone: 337-475-5000
Website: www.mcneese.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/McNeeseStateU
Twitter: https://twitter.com/McNeese

How Do I Get Into McNeese?

You can apply to McNeese online at: https://mymcneese.mcneese.edu/web/guest/home

Admission Requirements for McNeese

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into McNeese?

62% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
11% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 62%, McNeese does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 67%, and the acceptance rate for women is 59%.

Average Test Scores

About 11% of students accepted to McNeese submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 560. Math scores were between 540 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for McNeese State University  ( 480 to 560 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for McNeese State University  ( 540 to 660 )
200
800
McNeese received ACT scores from 92% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 26. Math scores were between 19 and 25. Composite scores were between 20 and 25.

ACT English Scores for McNeese State University  ( 21 to 26 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for McNeese State University  ( 19 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for McNeese State University  ( 20 to 25 )
1
36

Can I Afford McNeese State University?

$22,623 Net Price
35% Take Out Loans
13.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of McNeese is $22,623. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At McNeese, approximately 35% of students took out student loans averaging $4,954 a year. That adds up to $19,816 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at McNeese is 13.6%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

McNeese State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,407 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,663 undergraduate students at McNeese, with 5,407 being full-time and 1,256 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  McNeese

There are also 632 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 5,407 full-time undergraduates at McNeese, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  McNeese

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of McNeese State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of McNeese Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 80
Black or African American 855
Hispanic or Latino 210
White 3,669
International Students 365
Other Races/Ethnicities 228

Geographic Diversity

Louisiana students aren't the only ones who study at McNeese State University. At this time, 17 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 62 countries are represented at McNeese. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Nepal, Saudi Arabia, and India.

Online Learning at McNeese State University

951 Took All Classes Online
4,427 Took At Least One Class Online
8.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 7 bachelor’s degree and 10 master’s degree programs available online at McNeese. In 2017-2018, 4,427 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at McNeese has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 8th most popular in Louisiana for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of McNeese

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at McNeese State University was 8.7%. This is the #1,411 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at McNeese regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of McNeese majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Criminal Justice & Corrections 4%
Curriculum & Instruction 33%
English Language & Literature 44%
General English Literature 46%
General Psychology 6%
History 62%
History 62%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 4%
Legal Professions 58%
Legal Support Services 58%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 5%
Liberal Arts General Studies 5%
Psychology 6%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at McNeese ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at McNeese.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Sociology #29
Other Education #31
Legal Support Services #41
Legal Professions #62
Health & Physical Education #64
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #74
Curriculum & Instruction #84
General Psychology #95
Special Education #116
Social Sciences #117
Teacher Education Subject Specific #122
Psychology #132
Criminal Justice & Corrections #229
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #261
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #268
Liberal Arts General Studies #268
Nursing #309
Education #395
Business Administration & Management #475

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

McNeese State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 85 131 0 0 216
Business Administration & Management 0 102 3 24 129
Nursing 0 70 9 41 120
General Engineering 0 109 0 8 117
Health & Physical Education 0 76 0 28 104
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 59 14 16 89
General Psychology 0 59 0 22 81
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 40 0 16 56
General Agriculture 0 53 0 0 53
General Biology 0 38 0 0 38
General English Literature 0 22 0 13 35
Sociology 0 34 0 0 34
Accounting 0 32 0 0 32
Finance & Financial Management 0 31 0 0 31
Fine & Studio Arts 0 26 0 0 26
Computer Science 0 20 0 0 20
Communication & Media Studies 0 19 0 0 19
Allied Health Professions 0 19 0 0 19
Chemistry 0 7 0 11 18
Music 0 17 0 0 17
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 9 7 0 16
Mathematics 0 11 0 5 16
Marketing 0 15 0 0 15
History 0 13 0 0 13
Legal Support Services 12 0 0 0 12
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 9 0 0 9
Educational Administration 0 0 2 6 8
Writing Studies 0 0 0 8 8
Wildlife Management 0 8 0 0 8
Political Science & Government 0 6 0 0 6
Special Education 0 0 4 0 4
Student Counseling 0 0 0 4 4
Public Health 0 4 0 0 4
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 3 3
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 2 2
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 2 0 0 2
Nutrition Science 0 1 0 0 1
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 0 0 0
Other Education 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 97 1,042 39 207 1,385

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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