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 McNeese State University

McNeese State University - Lake Charles, LA

4205 Ryan St, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70605

General information:(337)475-5000
Awards offered:Bachelor's degree
Associate's degree
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Campus setting:City: Small
Campus housing:Yes
Student population:8,784(7,957 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:21 to 1
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Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance learning opportunities
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Detailed Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
Tuition and fees
In-state $3,587 $3,987 $4,383 -9%
Out-of-state $10,259 $11,659 $13,205 -12%
Books and supplies $1,200 $1,200 $1,200 0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board $5,770 $6,180 $6,384 -3%
Other $2,870 $2,870 $2,890 -1%
Off Campus
Room and board $8,236 $8,236 $8,326 -1%
Other $3,400 $3,400 $3,436 -1%
Off Campus with Family
Other $3,400 $3,400 $3,436 -1%
Total Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
On Campus $13,427 $14,237 $14,857 0%
Off Campus $16,423 $16,823 $17,345 -6%
Off Campus with Family $8,187 $8,587 $9,019 -11%
On Campus $20,099 $21,909 $23,679 -9%
Off Campus $23,095 $24,495 $26,167 -8%
Off Campus with Family $14,859 $16,259 $17,841 -6%
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $3,312
In-state fees $1,071
Out-of-state tuition $12,134
Out-of-state fees $1,071
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of Plan Offered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment plan X
Other alternative tuition plan
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $3,896
In-state fee $941
Out-of-state tuition $12,718
Out-of-state fees $941
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2010-2011
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Any student financial aid 1,186 94% --
Grant or scholarship aid 1,122 89% $6,568,326 $5,854
Federal grants 523 41% $2,555,613 $4,886
Pell grants 523 41% $2,295,969 $4,390
Other federal grants 365 29% $259,644 $711
State/local government grant or scholarships 978 77% $2,678,601 $2,739
Institutional grants or scholarships 413 33% $1,334,112 $3,230
Student loan aid 431 34% $2,057,013 $4,773
Federal student loans 431 34% $2,047,013 $4,749
Other student loans 1 0% $10,000 $10,000
All Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid1 5,739 73% $28,275,112 $4,927
Pell grants 2,883 36% $12,152,510 $4,215
Federal student loans 3,064 39% $21,044,921 $6,868


Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price $6,831 $6,743 $6,685
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011
$0 - $30,000 $4,739 $5,126 $4,633
$30,001 - $48,000 $5,928 $5,441 $5,038
$48,001 - $75,000 $8,388 $8,491 $8,581
$75,001 - $110,000 $9,928 $10,665 $10,611
$110,001 and more $9,920 $10,738 $10,813

• Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

• Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same total cost of attendance minus grant aid.


• An institution's net price calculator allows current and prospective students, families, and other consumers to estimate the net price of attending that institution for a particular student.

Fall 2011
Total enrollment 8,784
Undergraduate enrollment 7,957
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment 362
Graduate enrollment 827

Undergraduate application fee (2012-2013):$20

Graduate application fee (2011-2012):$20

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2012

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 2,778 1,167 1,611
Percent admitted 69% 65% 71%
Percent admitted who enrolled 65% 46% 49%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPA X
Secondary school rank X
Secondary school record X
Completion of college-preparatory program X
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language) X
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Test scores:Fall 2011(enrolled first-time students)

Students submitting scores Number Percent
SAT 83 6%
ACT 1215 91%.
Test Scores 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile**
SAT Critical Reading 440 530
SAT Math 470 590
SAT Writing . .
ACT Composite 20 24
ACT English 20 24
ACT Math 18 24
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Returned in Fall 2011

Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 57 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2011.


All Track Combined 7883
Baseball 37-
Basketball 1818
Football 129-
Golf 1610
Soccer -26
Softball -24
Tennis -8
Volleyball -14


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges01/01/1954 Accredited


Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics

Didactic Program in Dietetics

04/01/1992 Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels

04/26/2012 Accredited
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers

01/01/1980 Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation

Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs

07/01/2008 Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation

Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

09/01/1954 Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

01/01/1976 Accredited
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission

Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs

10/01/2006 Accredited
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission

Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program

10/01/1996 - 12/31/2008Accredited
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission

Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program

12/01/1981 - 06/30/2012Accredited


Illegal weapons possession100
Drug law violations136 4
Liquor law violations21819
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Illegal weapons possession 100
Drug law violations 753
Liquor law violations 1819
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 100
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 200
Aggravated assault 100
Burglary 328
Motor vehicle theft 222
Arson 000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 100
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 100
Aggravated assault 000
Burglary 313
Motor vehicle theft 000
Arson 000
• (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
• The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
• These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see


Default Rate17.5%
Number in default267
Number in repayment1,523

• For further information on default rates please visit the Cohort Default Rate Home Page. This school's six-digit OPE ID is 00201700

Aid Programs

• Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL)

• Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)


Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.

PROGRAMBachelor's degree Associate's degree Master's degree Post-master's certificate Postbaccalaureate certificate
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences Colleges
Agriculture, General18----
Category total18----
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Colleges
Biology/Biological Sciences, General26----
Category total26----
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services Colleges
Business Administration and Management, General4-34--
Finance, General1----
Marketing/Marketing Management, General1----
Category total151-34--
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs Colleges
Mass Communication/Media Studies29----
Speech Communication and Rhetoric2----
Category total31----
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services Colleges
Computer Science10----
Information Technology-10---
Category total1010---
Education Colleges
Art Teacher Education4----
Biology Teacher Education2----
Business Teacher Education4----
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services--4-0
Curriculum and Instruction--6--
Early Childhood Education and Teaching28---2
Education, Other--13--
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs----0
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Vision Impairments Including Blindness----0
Educational Leadership and Administration, General--449-
Educational/Instructional Technology--11--
Elementary Education and Teaching34-23-12
English/Language Arts Teacher Education3----
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education1----
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching----0
Mathematics Teacher Education1----
Music Teacher Education5-1-0
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching17----
Reading Teacher Education----0
School Librarian/School Library Media Specialist----5
Secondary Education and Teaching0-29-6
Social Studies Teacher Education4----
Special Education and Teaching, General1-10-0
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other1----
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels----2
Category total105-141927
Engineering Colleges
Engineering, General57-29--
Category total57-29--
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields Colleges
Engineering Technology, General2122---
Category total2122---
English Language and Literature Letters Colleges
Creative Writing--9--
English Language and Literature, General14-10--
Category total14-19--
Family and Consumer Sciences Human Sciences Colleges
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General16----
Category total16----
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Colleges
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General5----
Spanish Language and Literature1----
Category total6----
Health Professions and Related Programs Colleges
Athletic Training/Trainer5----
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist12----
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer16----
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse1304022--
Category total1634022--
History Colleges
History, General8----
Category total8----
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services Colleges
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies1----
Category total47----
Legal Professions and Studies Colleges
Legal Assistant/Paralegal-9---
Category total-9---
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities Colleges
General Studies16091---
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies11----
Category total17191---
Mathematics and Statistics Colleges
Mathematics, General1-27--
Category total9-27--
Multi Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges
Nutrition Sciences0----
Category total0----
Natural Resources and Conservation Colleges
Environmental Science6----
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management9----
Category total15----
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies Colleges
Kinesiology and Exercise Science23-26--
Category total23-26--
Physical Sciences Colleges
Chemistry, General2----
Chemistry, Other--17--
Physics, General2----
Category total4-17--
Psychology Colleges
Psychology, General34-12--
Category total34-12--
Social Sciences Colleges
Political Science and Government, General5----
Category total28----
Visual and Performing Arts Colleges
Art/Art Studies, General33----
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General3----
Music Performance, General0----
Category total36----
Grand total10172327927