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Located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, McNeese State University is a public institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

180 Undergraduate Degrees
27 Graduate Degrees
$22,623 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
62% Acceptance Rate

Where Is McNeese State University?

Location of McNeese State University

Contact details for McNeese are given below.

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

How Do I Get Into McNeese?

You can apply to McNeese online at:

Admission Requirements for McNeese

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into McNeese?

62% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
11% Submit SAT Scores
McNeese has an acceptance rate of 62%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 67%, and the acceptance rate for women is 59%.

Average Test Scores

About 11% 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 480 and 560. Math scores were between 540 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for McNeese State University  ( 480 to 560 )

SAT Math Scores for McNeese State University  ( 540 to 660 )
McNeese received ACT scores from 92% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 26. Math scores were between 19 and 25. Composite scores were between 20 and 25.

ACT English Scores for McNeese State University  ( 21 to 26 )
ACT Math Scores for McNeese State University  ( 19 to 25 )
ACT Composite Scores for McNeese State University  ( 20 to 25 )

Can I Afford McNeese State University?

$22,623 Net Price
35% Take Out Loans
13.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of McNeese is $22,623. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At McNeese, approximately 35% of students took out student loans averaging $4,954 a year. That adds up to $19,816 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at McNeese is 13.6%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

McNeese State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,407 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,663 undergraduate students at McNeese, with 5,407 being full-time and 1,256 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  McNeese

There are also 632 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 5,407 full-time undergraduates at McNeese, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  McNeese

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of McNeese State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of McNeese Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 80
Black or African American 855
Hispanic or Latino 210
White 3,669
International Students 365
Other Races/Ethnicities 228

Geographic Diversity

Louisiana students aren't the only ones who study at McNeese State University. At this time, 17 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 62 countries are represented at McNeese. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Nepal, Saudi Arabia, and India.

Online Learning at McNeese State University

951 Took All Classes Online
4,427 Took At Least One Class Online
8.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 7 bachelor’s degree and 10 master’s degree programs available online at McNeese. In 2017-2018, 4,427 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at McNeese has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 11th most popular in Louisiana for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of McNeese

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at McNeese State University was 8.7%. This is the #1,233 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at McNeese regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at McNeese ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at McNeese.

Major Growth Rate Rank
General Business Administration and Management #406
Business Administration & Management #475

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

McNeese State University Business Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
General Business Administration and Management 102 3 24 129
Accounting 32 0 0 32
Finance 31 0 0 31
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 15 0 0 15
Other Public Relations, Advertising, & Applied Communication 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 180 3 24 207


*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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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