Nestled in the heart of Lake Charles in southwest Louisiana, McNeese stands apart for its ability to allow students to engage with unique American cultures. From Cajun food to electric, football-frenzied Saturday nights in Cowboy Stadium, our students don’t just get a world-class education – they get experiences unlike anywhere else.
Our approximately 7,000 students can choose from more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs offered by the Colleges of Business, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Graduate Studies, Liberal Arts, Nursing and Health Professions, and Science. Popular programs include Engineering, Computer Science, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Nursing, Chemical, and Environmental Sciences, Health and Human Promotion, Biology, Agriculture, Art, and Business, just to name a few.
With a growing international student population of over 400 students from more than 45 different countries, McNeese is dedicated to serving the needs of its international students and helping them to achieve their educational objectives. Many of our academic programs offer internship opportunities as part of the degree programs.
Excellence and innovation can be affordable, which is why McNeese offers generous scholarship opportunities to qualified undergraduate and graduate students. Excellence, affordability—and don’t forget the warm, sunny climate all year round—make McNeese a great place to live, learn and succeed!
With a student-to-faculty ratio of 20:1, we offer a world-class education with a personalized touch. Our College of Business is among only 5% of universities around the world that have been accredited by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.
Lake Charles’ well-established agricultural and petrochemical industries, and rapidly growing healthcare field, mean that our students often have the ability to get hands-on, practical experience in their chosen discipline, whether that's engineering, nursing, education, or agriculture.
Plus, southwest Louisiana is a fantastic place to experience one-of-a-kind adventures. Where else would you be able to experience Mardi Gras balls and parades, crawfish boils, working as an intern in alligator research, and exploring the wetlands of the United States Gulf Coast?
McNeese offers its students multiple resources to ensure their safety, health, and success. The Student Health Center and Counseling Center care for our students' physical and mental wellness, while the Rec Center provides ample space to play racquetball, basketball, lift weights, or go for a swim.
There are numerous clubs and organizations to join, which allow students from all backgrounds and nationalities to interact and promote cultural diversity and understanding.
McNeese boasts one of the best returns on investment in engineering, ranking number three among all colleges and universities in the United States for career ROI (source: PayScale, Inc.).
McNeese is also ranked third among all colleges and universities in the state of Louisiana for the best starting average salary for its graduates and for the best college education value (source: SmartAsset). McNeese is proud to offer a world-class, affordable education with a personal touch.