McNeese State University


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Public

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Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Louisiana


McNeese State University is a public university located on a 500-acre campus in Lake Charles, a city situated in Southwest Louisiana midway between Baton Rouge and Houston, Texas. The university was founded as a junior college in 1939, and today it is a comprehensive master's-level university. McNeese students come from 34 states and 49 countries, and they can choose from over 75 degree programs. Professional fields such as business, education, engineering and nursing are among the most popular with undergraduates. Academics are supported by a 21 to 1 student / faculty ratio. In athletics, the McNeese Cowboys compete in the NCAA Division I Southland Conference. The university fields six men's and eight women's Division I sports.

Most Popular Majors

Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Engineering, General Studies, Marketing, Nursing, Psychology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 8283
Total Grad Students: 368
Undergraduate Students: 7915
Faculty: 325

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 25:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 24:1

Percent Male: 39%
Percent Female: 61%

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Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 12%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 35%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

4100 Ryan St
Lake Charles Louisiana 70605


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Main Phone: 337-475-5000

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Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

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High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
Transfer students who have earned 12 or more college-level credit hours must have a minimum cumulative college level GPA of 2.0.

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Test Scores for Applying:
Official standardized test scores are required if you have fewer than 12 transferable credits.

Letters of Recommendation Required:

Essay(s) required:

Application Fee:
Nnon-refundable application fee of $20.00

Other Requirements:
You must have completed a college-level English and Mathematics course designed to fulfill general education requirements.

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 20 24
English 20 24
Math 18 24
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 440 530
Math 470 590

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Transfer Statistics

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Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 69%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -69%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 1200

Other Expenses: 2890

Room and Board: 6384

Tuition and Fees: 13205

Total Cost: 23679

Tuition and Fees – In-State: 4383

Total Cost – In-State: 14857

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
The Financial Aid Office welcomes the opportunity to assist you with funding as you enroll at McNeese. We administer federal, state and institutional programs which are available to you in the form of grants, student loans, and jobs on campus.

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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 5047

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 92%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 83%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 32%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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