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McNeese State University Data & Information Overview

321 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
69% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is McNeese State University Ranked?

#1,477 Best Colleges in Nation
#12 Best Colleges in LA
Criminal Justice & Corrections Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

McNeese State University was awarded 321 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is criminal justice & corrections.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked McNeese as #1,477 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list.

McNeese also holds the #12 spot on the Best Colleges in Louisiana ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into McNeese?

69% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women
9% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at McNeese State University is a competitive 69%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 9% of students accepted to McNeese submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 560. Math scores were between 500 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for McNeese State University  ( 490 to 560 )

SAT Math Scores for McNeese State University  ( 500 to 610 )
McNeese received ACT scores from 92% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 24.

ACT Composite Scores for McNeese State University  ( 20 to 24 )

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McNeese State University Faculty

19 to 1 Student to Faculty
100% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at McNeese State University is 19 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at McNeese State University is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at McNeese State University

69% Freshmen Retention
24% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at McNeese State University is 69%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  69 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 24% for first-time, full-time students at McNeese, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  24 out of 100

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McNeese State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,401 Full-Time Undergraduates
26.5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
60.3% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,674 undergraduates at McNeese with 5,401 being full-time and 1,273 being part-time.

How Much Does McNeese State University Cost?

$10,759 Net Price
30% Take Out Loans
$20,164 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of McNeese is $10,759. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for McNeese

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$7,542 $8,483 $11,651 $14,372 $13,890

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of McNeese, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At McNeese, approximately 30% of students took out student loans averaging $5,041 a year. That adds up to $20,164 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at McNeese is 8.3%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do McNeese Graduates Make?

$42,965 Avg Salary of Grads
Average Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from McNeese with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $42,965 in their early years. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at McNeese State University make the most money.

Location of McNeese State University

Louisiana State
5,401 Full-Time Undergraduates
Small City Campus Setting
McNeese State University is a public institution situated in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Lake Charles is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Contact details for McNeese are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4205 Ryan St, Lake Charles, LA 70605
Phone: 337-475-5000

McNeese State University Majors

37 Majors With Completions
1,168 Undergraduate Degrees
207 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 37 majors graduated from McNeese State University. Of these students, 1,168 received undergraduate degrees and 207 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 137 $26,654
Nursing 118 $62,639
Business Administration & Management 111 $37,248
Health & Physical Education 63 $24,603
General Engineering 63 $64,056
General Agriculture 58 $30,681
General Psychology 49 $27,439
Accounting 47 $37,474
General Biology 45 NA
Mechanical Engineering 41 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at McNeese State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at McNeese

86% Take At Least One Class Online
19% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2020-2021, 5,570 students took at least one online class at McNeese State University. This is a decrease from the 6,368 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 5,570 1,250
2019-2020 6,368 1,554
2018-2019 4,070 802
2017-2018 4,427 951
2016-2017 4,281 871

Learn more about online learning at McNeese State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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