McNeese State University
4205 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70609
(337) 475-5000
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

McNeese State University is a four-year, public institution in Lake Charles, La. The school was founded in 1939 by the Louisiana Legislature as Lake Charles Junior College, a division of Louisiana State University. The school changed its name to John McNeese Junior College the following year, and in 1970 the school became McNeese State University. U.S. News & World Report ranks McNeese State University 88 in the Regional Universities (South) category of its 2013 edition of Best Colleges. The university has a student population of 7,784 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Programs Offered

McNeese State University comprises the Burton College of Education, the colleges of business, engineering and engineering technology, liberal arts, nursing, science, and the William J. Dor‚, Sr. School of Graduate Studies. These academic divisions offer undergraduate degree programs in health and human performance, psychology, accounting, management, engineering, history, mass communications, social sciences, nursing, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. The graduate school features degree programs in English, psychology, elementary education, secondary education, special education, business administration, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, school counseling, engineering, environmental and chemical sciences, health and human performance, mathematical sciences, and nursing.


The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited McNeese State University since 1954.


McNeese State University requires in-state freshman applicants to complete the Regents’ Core Curriculum, one developmental course, and have a 2.35 GPA or higher. In-state students are also required to have a minimum ACT composite score of 20 or SAT combined score of 940. Out-of-state students must complete 17 of the 19 units of the Regents’ core and one developmental course, have a 2.35 GPA or higher, and submit an ACT composite of 20 or SAT score of 940 or higher. SAT or ACT scores must be received by July 31. Prospective students should check with the admission’s office for application deadlines. McNeese State requires prospective students to submit a $20 application fee. According to U.S. News & World Report, McNeese State had a fall acceptance rate of 68.7% in 2011.

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