McNeese State University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

McNeese State University
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McNeese State University Admissions Overview:

McNeese State has an acceptance rate of 82%, making it open to most applicants. Students interested in applying to McNeese State will need to submit an application, SAT or ACT scores, and a high school transcript. For more information, be sure to visit the university's website, or get in touch with the admissions office.

Admissions Data (2016):

McNeese State University Description:

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.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 7,621 (6,894 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 41% Male / 59% Female
  • 79% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,310 (in-state); $18,385 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,220 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,014
  • Other Expenses: $3,918
  • Total Cost: $20,462 (in-state); $31,537 (out-of-state)

McNeese State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 96%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 84%
    • Loans: 38%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,396
    • Loans: $4,886

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Engineering, General Studies, Marketing, Nursing, Psychology

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 66%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 25%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 21%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 41%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Basketball, Baseball, Football, Golf
  • Women's Sports: Softball, Volleyball, Tennis, Golf, Cross Country

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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McNeese State University Mission Statement:

complete mission statement can be found at

"McNeese State University, a selective admissions institution, provides education, research, and service that support core values of academic excellence, student success, fiscal responsibility, and university-community alliances. The University's fundamental educational mission is to offer associate, baccalaureate, and specific graduate curricula distinguished by academic excellence. The University engages in collaborative ventures to benefit industry and to enhance economic development and cultural growth in this region and beyond."

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