About McNeese State University

Founded in 1939, McNeese State University. is a Public college. Located in Louisiana, which is a city setting in Louisiana, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 6,894 full time undergraduate students, and 727 full time graduate students.

The McNeese State University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 21:1. There are 252 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at McNeese State University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate63%
Application Deadline
Application Fee20
SAT Range890-1110
ACT Range20-24

Admissions at are considered Selective, with ,24% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 39 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

76% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 43% were in the top quarter, and 18% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at McNeese State University.

4%
“We”re apathetic”
28%
“We know about current events and vote”
68%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
0%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
24%
“Sometimes, but not often”
52%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
24%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
4%
“I only go out in groups”
20%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
76%
“I feel extremely safe”
4%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
17%
“We bought the gear”
78%
“We live for the big game”
16%
“It”s not really our thing”
12%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
64%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
8%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
48%
“They keep regular office hours”
52%
“They”re always available”
0%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
8%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
83%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
8%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
8%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
48%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
32%
“We only party on weekends”
12%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
32%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
56%
“There might be people who do”
8%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
4%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
4%
“We”re apathetic”
28%
“We know about current events and vote”
68%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
0%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
24%
“Sometimes, but not often”
52%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
24%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
4%
“I only go out in groups”
20%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
76%
“I feel extremely safe”
4%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
17%
“We bought the gear”
78%
“We live for the big game”
16%
“It”s not really our thing”
12%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
64%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
8%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
48%
“They keep regular office hours”
52%
“They”re always available”
0%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
8%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
83%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
8%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
8%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
48%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
32%
“We only party on weekends”
12%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
32%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
56%
“There might be people who do”
8%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
4%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

McNeese State University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    60 Students rated on-campus housing 3.4 stars. 25 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    52 Students rated off-campus housing 3.4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    68 Students rated campus food 3.1 stars. 24 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    75 Students rated campus facilities 3.5 stars. 24 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    75 Students rated class size 4.2 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    75 Students rated school activities 3.6 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    75 Students rated local services 4.2 stars. 52 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    76 Students rated academics 3.8 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of McNeese State University?

32 Students rated McNeese State University

Emily - 01/30/2022

McNeese is a good school, in general. Campus housing is pretty questionable, especially the cheaper dorms. If you’re someone without a car, all necessities are within walking distance. Academics are quality and most professors are easily accessible. The student population is wonderful, even if you’re someone who’s shy or socially awkward, you’ll find that McNeese students are helpful and easy to talk to. I’m glad I go here.

kenzie - 11/18/2021

I truly regret making the decision to attend McNeese for my Master’s. I have had nothing but issues my entire college career and it’s only gotten worse since I have started my master’s. My graduation date has been delayed because they do not offer enough classes to get your degree in an adequate time and trying to get anything done as far as scholarships or office stuff is a horrible experience.

David - 10/13/2021

Most people choose college for the experience and the learning. Lake Charles is a small town with not a lot of fun stuff to do if you're not a native or don't know anyone here. If you have friends who have been here a while or who are natives then you'd have a good time. The learning aspect however is fine. So, if you're just coming to learn then it's an excellent choice. P.S bring a car. Things are just better that way.

Jordan - 09/18/2020

The atmosphere is a good place to be around, no matter where you are you can always make friends. We have something for everybody such as sports, greek life, academic clubs, or you can start your own club or your own sports team. The food is good and everybody is friendly.

McNeese State University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at McNeese State University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for McNeese State University is 63%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    If I could have the ability to go back in time as a high school senior, there will be so many advices that I would give myself to make many adjustments to prepare for the responsibilities that is ahead of me in college. Knowing now that I'm taking higher level math such as Calculus in college, going back in time I would tell myself to work hard earlier diving into the math books and online tutorials to progress my knowledge ahead of time. If I were to prepare the math ahead of time, that would make my life easier today. Another thing I would tell myself is to follow your dreams. Back when I was a senior in high school I did not know what major I want to go for in college. Now that I know what major to go for today, if I could go back in time and tell myself Computer Science by now I would save more money by not switching majors and as well today I would be far ahead in Computer Science to apply my knowledge to help myself to start my own computer software company at an early age.

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  3. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    In some ways it has the haunting familiar feeling of high school...a feeling you hope to abandon by the time you are going on to that next phase of your life...college.

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  4. What kind of person should attend this school?

    A person which decides to attend McNeese State University should have a strong will to study and stay focused. College is not a measurment of knowlege, it measures how much time one is willing to put into their education.

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  5. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    McNeese is a great environment to learn in; feels like home.

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  6. What's unique about your campus?

    The great louisiana culture we have . our mascot is a cowboy so that falls in well with the zydeco and cajun/creole heritage out here.. And our well organized teachers make school alot easier on us

    Read all  12 answers
  7. Describe the students at your school.

    immature

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  8. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I feel that i knew everything i needed to know before going to the university . I feel that they inform you about a lot of things on the campus.

    Read all  10 answers
  9. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Basically anybody can attend this college

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  10. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    Very good Science Program.

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  11. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about this schoold would have to be the amount of teachers that "dumb down" the class for the students who probably shouldn't be in college int he first place.

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  12. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    There are alot of students from other countries and such.

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  13. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    McNeese State University is excellence with a personal touch. As an accredited college they focus freshman on writing skils, and give undergraduates the specific skills to succeed in their degree. McNeese strives to make sure students stay involved in campus organizations, and provides many oppurtunities for students to join together as their own community.

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Student Body

Students

59%

female

41%

male

6,894

Total Undergrad Enrollment

727

Total Grad Students

9%

Out-Of-State

86%

In-State

5%

International

Organizations

100

Student Organizations

7

Fraternities

6

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

10%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
2%
% Black or African-American
17%
% Hispanic/Latino
3%
% White or Caucasian
69%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

96% of students attending McNeese State University receive some sort of financial aid. 39% were awarded federal grants. While 38% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$18,384

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,220

Books and Supplies

$8,014

Room and Board

27,618

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$9,044
$30 - $48K
$9,011
$48 - $75K
$12,223
$75 - $110K
$13,933
$110K & UP
$13,970

We use student reviews and the most current publicly available data on our school pages. As such, we don't typically remove or edit college information. Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Portions of college data include copyrighted material, which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications. © 2009-2016 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.

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