McNeese State University

McNeese State University

Founded in 1939, McNeese State University is located in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Earlier, it was a part of the Louisiana State University system. In 1950, the school parted from the LSU system and became the McNeese State College, and it gained university status in 1970. The main campus of McNeese State University consists of more than 65 buildings and covers 121 acres. It offers over 80 degree programs through the following academic divisions:

  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering & Technology
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Science

McNeese State University's men's sports teams are known as the Cowboys, while the women's athletic teams are the Cowgirls. They participate in NCAA Division I (Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA) for football) in the Southland Conference.

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McNeese State University
4205 Ryan St
Lake Charles , LA 70609-2215
General Phone: (337) 475-5000

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McNeese State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts346French language, Spanish language, English, creative writing, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, political science, sociology, ...
Education and Teaching227education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, instructional media design, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, kindergarten/preschool teaching, ...
Business and Management197business management, accounting, finance, marketing
Nursing and Emergency Medicine179registered nursing
Engineering Technician56engineering technology
Science42biology, chemistry, chemistry courses, physics
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy39exercise science
Security and Law Enforcement36criminal justice and safety
Media35mass communication
Therapy and Counseling34psychology
Agricultural Science and Management34agriculture
Medical Support and Technology28radiographer, clinical lab tech
Family and Social Work27family and consumer science
Art Studies24art studies
Conservation and Resource Management12environmental science, wildlife management
Computer Science and Engineering12information technology, computer science
Law10legal assistant
Drama and Performing Arts4drama
Music4music performance

Number of programs and degrees for McNeese State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,05552
Associate's degree1485
Master's degree26219
Post-master's certificate11
Postbaccalaureate certificate01

McNeese State Student Body

In 2007-2008, McNeese State had a total enrollment of 8,095 students (7,356 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 42%
Women 58%
Full-Time 96%
Part-Time 4%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 84%
Graduate 16%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 72%
Black 19%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 26%
20-21 23%
22-24 21%
25-29 12%
30-34 6%
35-39 4%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)3%

McNeese State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 64 %
Part-Time 51 %

McNeese State Room and Board (2007)

McNeese State offers campus housing for 826 of its 7,356 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Lake Charles, Louisiana for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Louisiana Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

McNeese State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1924
ACT Math1723
ACT Composite1823

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT2%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT92%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

McNeese State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 3,246
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 9,312
Room and board $ 5,436
Room charge $ 2,000
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,050
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 2,721

Financial Aid:
McNeese State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 201700)

McNeese State Faculty

McNeese State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track5742
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2942

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Assistant professorcalendar year1*4$56,486
All faculty totalcalendar year1*4$56,486

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year46$83,70518$74,490
Associate professoracademic year30$67,29519$62,774
Assistant professoracademic year71$56,08672$55,089
Instructoracademic year26$42,29935$42,019
All faculty totalacademic year173$63,302144$55,351

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

McNeese State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southland Conference
Basketball Southland Conference
Baseball Southland Conference
Track Southland Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports117990

McNeese State Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agriculture, General

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Information Technology

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Education, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Speech Teacher Education
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other

Engineering, General

Engineering Technician
Engineering Technology, General

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer

Music Performance, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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