McNeese State University (McNeese)

4205 Ryan St, Lake Charles, LA

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McNeese State University, a public institution, offers a variety of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Lake Charles, LA, the campus resides in an urban setting for students to study in. Enrollment at McNeese exceeds eight thousand yearly.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs McNeese State University offers:

  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Engineering
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Security And Protective Services

The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, student records, and test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions staff. The most common scores among students accepted to McNeese State University are between 20 - 24 on the ACT, or 910 - 1120 for the SAT exam. 69% of those students that apply are accepted to McNeese, of which 70 percent choose to attend. More information on admissions can be found at

Tuition & fees at this school are different for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state tuition costs close to $4,800 per year with out-of-state tuition costing $15,000 for the year. Housing is available for students, which costs around $3,700 annually. McNeese may provide financial aid for students who qualify as scholarships, grants, and loans.

The McNeese Cowboys participate in several intercollegiate athletic programs, within the NCAA organization. Athletic programs offered may include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Track & Field
  • Football
  • Golf

Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may provide a better idea of the candidates McNeese State University accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at McNeese State University is about 8,200. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 18% enrolling as graduate students and 91% as undergraduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $8,900. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $20 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • State Residents: $5,100-$6,200
    • Out-of-State: $16,000-$19,470
  • Charges per unit:
    • State Residents: $610-$730 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $1,500-$1,800 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid96%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships90%$7,137
Receiving Student Loans38%$4,787

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, McNeese State University may offer services to students including:

  • Online classes
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Counseling assistance
  • Student employment
  • Employment search assistance

Graduation Rates

McNeese State University has an overall graduation rate which is close to 38%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years13%
Graduating in 5 Years17%
Graduating in 6 Years6%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Art and Design Program
  • Dietetics Program
  • Music Program
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Radiology Technician Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

McNeese State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Southland Conference)
  • Basketball (Southland Conference)
  • Track and Field (Southland Conference)
  • Football (Southland Conference)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Physical Sciences


Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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