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McNeese State University is a public institution located in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Lake Charles is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

$23,539 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
69% Acceptance Rate

Where Is 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?

69% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women
9% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 69%, McNeese does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 42% of accepted students are men and 58% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 71%, and the acceptance rate for women is 67%.

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 English scores ranged between 19 and 25. Math scores were between 18 and 24. Composite scores were between 20 and 24.

ACT English Scores for McNeese State University  ( 19 to 25 )
ACT Math Scores for McNeese State University  ( 18 to 24 )
ACT Composite Scores for McNeese State University  ( 20 to 24 )

Can I Afford McNeese State University?

$23,539 Net Price
30% Take Out Loans
3.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of McNeese is $23,539. 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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. 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 3.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

McNeese State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,757 Full-Time Undergraduates
61% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 5,893 undergraduate students at McNeese, with 4,757 being full-time and 1,136 being part-time.


There are also 561 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,757 full-time undergraduates at McNeese, 39% are male and 61% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 71
Black or African American 710
Hispanic or Latino 200
White 3,253
International Students 280
Other Races/Ethnicities 243

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

1,250 Took All Classes Online
5,570 Took At Least One Class Online
25.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 15 bachelor’s degree and 27 master’s degree programs available online at McNeese. In 2020-2021, 5,570 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 6th most popular in Louisiana for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of McNeese

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at McNeese State University was 25.5%. This is the #684 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at McNeese regardless of major.

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%.


*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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