McNeese State University

4205 Ryan St, Lake Charles, LA 70605

School Details

McNeese State University is a four-year public school located in Lake Charles, Louisiana. MSU was founded as a Lake Charles Junior College in 1939 and adopted its current name in 1970.

MSU’s campus lies on 121 acres in a wooded area with Contraband Bayou flowing through the campus. The campus has 68 main buildings, a 503-acre farm, a 65-are athletic plant, an environmental research center, and nearly 1,600 acres of donated farmland.

McNeese State University offers associate degrees, bachelor degrees, master’s degrees, and certificates of completion.  Over 80 degree programs are offered between the school’s eight colleges: The College of Business, Burton College of Education, College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, The College of Liberal Arts, The College of Nursing, The College of Science, The Division of General and Basic Studies, and the Dore School of Graduate Studies. McNeese is the first university in the State of Louisiana to offer a concentration in forensic chemistry. It is one of the first schools in the nation to offer a concentration in terrorism, preparedness and security.

McNeese State University has 8,784 students (7,957 undergraduates) and 336 faculty members, giving the university a 21:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 299 teach full-time and 137 teach part-time. About 78% of undergraduate students study full-time and 22% study part-time. Most graduate students (58%) study part-time and 42% study full-time.

The student body contains 61% female students and 39% male students. About 74% of all students are white with the remaining students being black, Asian, and American Indian. About 77% of students are ages 24 and under with 23% of students being ages 25 and above. About 91% of students are from Louisiana, 6% are from out-of-state, and 2% are from a foreign country.

The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 68% and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 44%. The overall graduation rate is 37% and the overall transfer-out rate is 16%. 

On-campus living is available at McNeese State University and is estimated to cost $6,610 per year for room and board with $3,608 in other expenses. Campus housing is offered on a first-come, first-served basis and space is limited. Dining is available in three locations: Student Union (Old Ranch), Student Union Annex (New Ranch), and Frazar Memorial Library. Off-campus living is estimated to cost $8,642 per year with $3,608 in additional living expenses.

Students have access to services such as: remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, and placement services for completers. Special learning opportunities include teacher certification, distance education, and study abroad. 

Sports teams at MSU are known as the “Cowboys” (men’s teams) and “Cowgirls” (women’s teams) and participate in the NCAA Division I in the Southland Conference. Athletic teams include football, basketball, and baseball. 

Student organizations include more than 100 groups in the following areas:  academic organizations, campus ministry organizations, Greek Life, honors organizations, multicultural clubs, political groups, professional organizations, service organizations, and student-run media.  

Tuition costs $5,088 per year for in-state students and $15,170 per year for out-of-state students. Books and other supplies are estimated to cost  $1,200 per year. The average tuition for in-state graduate students costs $4,287 per year with $1,177 in annual fees and the average tuition for out-of-state graduate students costs $14,369 per year with $1,177 in annual fees. Tuition payment plans are offered.

Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, students must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 94% of those attending McNeese State University receive financial aid. 

McNeese State University receives nearly 3,000 applications per year and accepts about 69% of those students. Statistically, 70% of men and 68% of women who apply will be accepted. Students must meet the following requirements to be considered for enrollment: completion of Regents; High School Core Curriculum, minimum high school GPA of 2.35, and have an ACT composite score of 20 or greater. Students must submit the following in addition to a completed application: all transcripts of previous school(s), proof of immunization, and payment for the application fee ($20). 

McNeese State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.




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    Public, 4-year or above
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    Post-master's certificate
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