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McNeese State University

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McNeese State University was founded as Lake Charles Junior College in 1939. The two-year institution was initially a member of the Louisiana State University system. After steady growth in both enrollment and academic offerings, the school adopted the name of McNeese State University in 1970.


Students at McNeese State can choose from over 80 academic programs spread across six colleges and the Doré School of Graduate Studies. The university is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, with each college and department individually accredited by the appropriate bodies.

Freshman students begin their academic careers at McNeese State in the Department of General and Basic Studies. An orientation and advising program helps newcomers manage the responsibilities of higher education. After 24 credit hours, the student can transition to the major of their choice. If students have no specific discipline in mind, they can pursue the associate’s or bachelor’s degree in General Studies. The department presents a wide curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking and intellectual curiosity.

The College of Business at McNeese State is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a highly selective organization. The college is further divided into two departments, one centering on accounting and finance and the other on business administration. Students wishing to pursue a degree in the College of Business must first complete 24 credit hours with any GPA or 12 credit hours with a 2.0 minimum GPA. The college also offers the Master of Business Administration, with most courses held in the evenings to accommodate busy adults. Admission to the master’s program is dependent on satisfactory scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test.

Four departments comprise the College of Education. These departments include Educational Leadership and Instructional Technology, Health and Human Performance, Psychology, and Teacher Education. Students taking courses in the Teacher Education Department can work towards bachelor’s degrees in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education or Special Education. School library certification is also available and requires 18 credit hours in the field of Library Science. The Graduate School expands on the undergraduate offerings.

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Prospective McNeese State University students can contact the Office of Admissions and schedule a campus tour. Informative, guided tours are available Monday through Friday. McNeese also hosts a “Cowboy Q&A Day” each fall for future students, their parents and guests. Admissions at McNeese State is competitive, with roughly two-thirds of applicants being accepted.

First-time Freshman

Louisiana high-school students qualify for admission by graduating in the top 35 percent of their class. An ACT score of at least 21 also earns new students admission into McNeese State. New college applicants between the ages of 21 and 24 must follow the same guidelines as high-school applicants. Non-traditional students must pass the ACT with a score of at least 18.

Transfer Students

Students with previous college-level coursework must have earned at least a 2.0 GPA. They must also be eligible to return to their former institution. Students who earned the Associate of Arts or Science Louisiana Transfer Degree will enter McNeese State University as juniors. Prospective transfer students must still complete the regular admissions application and submit official transcripts from all colleges attended.

Graduate Students

Each program within the DorĂ© School of Graduate Studies maintains specific admission requirements. Prospective students must supply complete undergraduate transcripts, an immunization record and official score reports from the appropriate qualifying exam — either the GRE or GMAT.

International Students

McNeese State University welcomes qualified students from across the globe. International applicants should complete their application as soon as possible and send academic transcripts to the Admissions Office. Official English language proficiency score reports should be sent from the testing agency directly to McNeese State. International admissions are highly competitive, and admissions officers look at the totality of the student’s application and credentials before making a determination.

Financial Aid

As early as possible, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Within days, a Student Aid Report should arrive in the mail with further instructions. Both the federal government and the state of Louisiana administer grant programs for students with demonstrated financial need. Federal Perkins and Direct Loans are also available for students still unable to meet their obligations.

A number of private and institutional scholarships are available to McNeese State students. Like grants, scholarships do not have to be repaid. Many scholarships are merit-based and require detailed applications. The Office of Scholarships and Testing is the first point of contact for students interested in pursuing public or private scholarship funding.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5503rd for the average student loan amount.
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The undergraduate enrollment at McNeese State University stands at over 8,000. More than 60 percent of these are women, and most students qualify as first-time college students. Campus housing is available and campus dining services operate out of three locations. A total of fourteen Greek organizations encourage student leadership and decision-making. A campus health clinic can address minor injuries and illnesses, while an infirmary provides immediate care in emergencies. Health and accident insurance are part of the registration fee that all students pay.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


McNeese State University participates in the Southland Conference at the NCAA Division I level. Men’s teams are referred to as the Cowboys, women’s teams as the Cowgirls. The McNeese State football team competes in the Football Championship Subdivision.

In 2011, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams won the Southland Conference regular season title. In the 25-year history of the conference, no school had ever won both the men’s and women’s crown in the same season. The Cowgirls went on to sweep the conference tournament and earn a berth in the women’s NCAA tournament.


More than 300 full-time faculty members teach courses at McNeese State University, and over half of these hold the highest degrees in their respective fields. Tenure and tenure-track faculty members comprise 80 percent of the full-time work force.


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Ranks 20th in Louisiana and 1128th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Louisiana and 95th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 8 0.09
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.02
Arrest 11 0.13

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Lake Charles, LA 70605
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population29,603 (27,651 urban / 1,952 rural)
Households11,081 (2.56 people per house)
Median Household Income$49,246
Families7,999 (3.04 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2203

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1400th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,254 $4,254 $15,156
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,447 $1,447 $1,447
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $477 $477 $1,370
FT Graduate Tuition $4,794 $4,794 $15,696
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,273 $1,273 $1,273
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $674 $674 $1,880
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $17,759 $17,759 $28,661
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,319 $19,319 $30,221
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,529 $10,529 $21,431

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,383 $5,088 $4,383 $5,088 $13,205 $15,170
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $6,384 $6,610
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,890 $3,608
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,326 $8,642
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,436 $3,608
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,436 $3,608

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$20
Graduate Application Fee$20
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,624 (1,362 male / 2,262 female)
Admitted 2,229 (853 male / 1,376 female)
Admission rate 62%
First-time Enrollment 1,313 (525 male / 788 female)
FT Enrollment 1,297 (521 male / 776 female)
PT Enrollment 16 (4 male / 12 female)
Total Enrollment8,341

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Southland Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Southland Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Southland Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Southland Conference

ACT Test Admission

907th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 95%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 25
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 24

SAT Test Admission

824th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 5%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 560
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 940 / 1110

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity975
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$3,660
Board Fee$2,644

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 117 256 19 20 13 1,166 6 1,611
Accounting 9 4 1 1 31 46
Agricultural Teacher Education
Agriculture, General 1 1 35 37
Art Teacher Education 2 2
Art/Art Studies, General 1 1 1 23 27
Athletic Training/Trainer 5 5
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education, Other
Biology Teacher Education 1 1
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 2 2 26 31
Business Administration and Management, General 20 13 4 1 59 98
Business Teacher Education 1 3 4
Chemistry, General 2 3 1 7 13
Chemistry, Other 8 2 1 8 19
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 7 1 7 15
Computer Science 5 1 4 10
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 4 13 17
Creative Writing 1 3 4
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 23 1 2 28 55
Curriculum and Instruction 3 4 7
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 2
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 1 30 32
Education, Other 3 4 7
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Vision Impairments Including Blindness
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 11 14 25
Educational/Instructional Technology 4 6 7 17
Elementary Education and Teaching 3 1 56 61
Engineering Technology, General 5 1 29 35
Engineering, General 25 7 1 1 2 45 82
English Language and Literature, General 2 2 1 20 25
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 7 8
Environmental Science 1 1
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 6 6 12
Finance, General 8 1 2 7 18
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 4 4
French Language and Literature
General Studies 8 48 2 3 3 176 2 244
History, General 7 7
Information Technology 1 4 5
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 1 1 2
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 4 13 44 62
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 2 16 18
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 16 1 18
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 4 1 20 27
Mass Communication/Media Studies 2 12 1 27 1 43
Mathematics Teacher Education 2 2
Mathematics, General 3 1 12 16
Mechanical Engineering
Music Performance, General 1 4 5
Music Teacher Education 9 10
Nursing Administration
Nutrition Sciences
Organizational Leadership
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 14 15
Physics, General 1 1
Political Science and Government, General 4 5 9
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing
Psychology, General 1 12 2 1 47 65
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 3 16 19
Reading Teacher Education
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 4 35 2 3 2 205 2 255
School Librarian/School Library Media Specialist 4 4
Secondary Education and Teaching 2 13 15
Social Studies Teacher Education 1 1
Sociology 14 1 14 29
Spanish Language and Literature
Special Education and Teaching, General 3 3
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 2 2
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 2 2
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 2 10 12

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2414th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $58,755 ($62,234 male / $55,048 female)
Number of FT Faculty 270 (145 male / 125 female)
Number of PT Faculty 413
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $8,990,609

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