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:
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.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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