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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B
McNeese State is a public university located in Lake Charles, Louisiana. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 5,641 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the McNeese State acceptance rate is 70%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Nursing, and Business. Graduating 45% of students, McNeese State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,600.
4205 Ryan St
Lake Charles, LA 70605
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Southland Conference

McNeese State University Rankings

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McNeese State Admissions

Acceptance Rate
70%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
970-1140
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$9,985/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,421/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
93%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
20:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
84%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.50 responses
58%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.48 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.48 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
9
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
2
Online Bachelor's Programs
7
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    46%
  • On Campus
    44%
  • Online
    9%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,641Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,357
Undergrads Over 25
12%
Pell Grant
33%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 37 responses
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  • Some are involved all over, and some not so much.
    43%
  • Unique
    24%
  • Committed
    16%
  • Existing
    5%
  • Present but not pleased
    5%
  • Athletes on scholarship International
    3%
  • Loved
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.65 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.85 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 41 responses
Report
  • Close to the community
    41%
  • Excellence with a personal touch
    34%
  • Educational
    7%
  • Needs passionate instructors
    7%
  • Needs more class sections
    5%
  • Home away from home
    2%
  • Underrated
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$38,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
45%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.32 responses
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McNeese is such a nice, caring school with challenging academics and vibrant student and athletic life. They always bounce back from disasters and have strong, supportive faculty. Generous scholarships and honors college for above 27 ACT. Lots of international students. Rowdy cafeteria staff are so friendly. I studied business and learnt so much, got great internships and easily found work after graduation in my field. The broad curriculum gave me an edge over other applicants. I miss McNeese!
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I transferred to McNeese and I love it so much. The campus focuses on academics which is great in my opinion. All of my professors so far have cared for my education beyond their duties. Student life is very enriched. They ALWAYS have something going on for us on campus. There is free lunch around campus, BUT the Rowdy Cafeteria... has some ammmaaazzzinggg southern cooking. 10 out of 10 would recommend. The quad is beautiful and relaxing. It's a great place to go and take a deep breath during the many exam seasons you go through in college. GO POKES!
Amazing diversity, campus involvement, and always new faces. Yes this is a small school nut everyday I am always seeing a new face or meeting new people. There is always something going on around campus and something to do. The greek life and clubs are amazing!