McNeese State University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of McNeese State University

McNeese State University is a public university situated on a 500-acre campus in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The institution has a large selection of 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to choose from. Students are backed by a 20 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via many clubs and organizations.  The McNeese Cowboys play in the NCAA Division I Southland Conference.


  • Total Enrollment: 7,648 (7,033 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 41% Male/59% Female
  • 81% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,860 (in-state); $15,898 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,300
  • Room and Board: $8,326
  • Other Expenses: $4,040
  • Total Cost: $21,526 (in-state); $29,564 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 93%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 87%
    • Loans: 35%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,271
    • Loans: $6,404

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Engineering, General Studies, Marketing, Nursing, Psychology

Retention and Graduation

  • First-YearStudent Retention (full-time students): 70%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 29%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 32%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 44%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of McNeese State University Admissions

McNeese State has an acceptance rate of 70%, making it open to most applicants. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data                        

  • McNeese State University Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 490/570
    • SAT Math: 480/570
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 20/25
    • ACT English: 20/26
    • ACT Math: 18/25

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for McNeese State University, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If McNeese State University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

University of Texas at El Paso, University of California, Merced, California State University Sacramento, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Kean University, California State University Los Angeles

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for McNeese State University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Washington State University, East Carolina University, Texas State University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Georgia State University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than McNeese State University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of Alabama, Pace University, University of North Texas, California State University Long Beach, Florida Gulf Coast University

Applying to McNeese State University

Application Deadline: August 13

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