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B
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  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 an above-average public university located in Lake Charles, Louisiana. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 5,567 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the McNeese State acceptance rate is 62%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Nursing, and Business. Graduating 42% of students, McNeese State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,600.
About McNeese State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Southland Conference
Address
4205 Ryan St
Lake Charles, LA 70605
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McNeese State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
62%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1020-1220
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$10,545/ 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
$6,649/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
91%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
21:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
84%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.50 responses
57%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.46 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.46 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,567Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,359
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 38 responses
Report
  • Some are involved all over, and some not so much.
    39%
  • Unique
    24%
  • Committed
    16%
  • Diverse
    8%
  • Present but not pleased
    5%
  • Athletes on scholarship International
    3%
  • Existing
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
54%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.63 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.83 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 39 responses
Report
  • Close to the community
    44%
  • Excellence with a personal touch
    33%
  • Educational
    8%
  • Needs passionate instructors
    8%
  • Needs more class sections
    5%
  • Home away from home
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$38,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
42%
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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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!
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My experience at McNeese State University is great and has been a fantastic and an interesting journey for obtaining my degree! The benefits of this college includes campus safety, caring and friendly professors who are willing to help you, unlimited access for academic resources, cultural events, and many clubs to join. There is much diversity in this college which makes the campus a plus to learn about people with different cultures and backgrounds.
The school itself are great, albeit some teachers aren't the greatest. The biggest problem is the outsourcing. The housing office is a nightmare. Their solution to mold is spray paint. They don't fix ANYTHING unless you hold rent, and then you face legal issues for doing so. There is no care given towards the students past trapping them into a facade of affordable housing, and then increasing the rent next semester. Every dorm is filthy, broken down, and prone to crimes like theft and rampant drug use. Only about half of the RA's actually do their job, the rest use it as a easy paycheck.