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?
- The post-master's certificate is the highest award offered at McNeese.
- In 2017-2018, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
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.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards McNeese has earned from around the web.
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Where Is McNeese State University?
Contact details for McNeese are given below.
|Address:||4205 Ryan St, Lake Charles, LA 70605|
How Do I Get Into McNeese?
You can apply to McNeese online at: https://mymcneese.mcneese.edu/web/guest/home
Admission Requirements for McNeese
|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|
How Hard Is It To Get Into McNeese?
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.
Can I Afford McNeese State University?
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
There are also 632 graduate students at the school.
Of the 5,407 full-time undergraduates at McNeese, 41% are male and 59% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of McNeese State University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||855|
|Hispanic or Latino||210|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at McNeese has changed over the last few years.
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%|
|Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting||4%|
|Legal Support Services||58%|
|Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities||5%|
|Liberal Arts General Studies||5%|
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|
|Legal Support Services||#41|
|Health & Physical Education||#64|
|Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies||#74|
|Curriculum & Instruction||#84|
|Teacher Education Subject Specific||#122|
|Criminal Justice & Corrections||#229|
|Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting||#261|
|Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities||#268|
|Liberal Arts General Studies||#268|
|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.
*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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