McNeese State University

Lake Charles, LA 70605

McNeese State University is one of the 17 public 4-year colleges in Louisiana. Its campus is medium in size and located in Lake Charles. The institution offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs.

In the 2017 fall enrollment, 1,322 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 899 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 68%).

Every year 42% of students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their respective studies.

McNeese State University's in-state tuition for 2017-2018 academic year was $5,148, and fees were $2,772. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $13,186 and $2,772 respectively.


Campus LocaleSmall City
Campus SizeMedium
Student to Faculty Ratio21:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate68%

Nursing Programs Offered

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 1 17
Bachelor's degree 20 86
Master's degree 9 31
Post-master's certificate 3 7

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1954 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
10/01/2006 - Current
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
10/01/1996 - 12/31/2008
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
12/01/1981 - 06/30/2012
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/26/2012 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
09/27/2008 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1020 to 1220
ACT20 to 25
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $20
Graduates $20

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$325
In State Students$325
Out of State Students$661
Graduate courses
In District Students$446
In State Students$446
Out of State Students$903

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $14,625 $14,625 $29,745
ADN 70 $22,750 $22,750 $46,270
BSN 125 $40,625 $40,625 $82,625
FNP 50 $22,300 $22,300 $45,150
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 91% of McNeese State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 36% $4,452
Other Federal Grant 7% $488
State Grant & Scholarships 67% $3,391
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 42% $4,353
Federal Student Loans 40% $4,546
Private Loans 1% $6,484


Average Net Price/year
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$8,758
$30,001 to $48,000$9,920
$48,001 to $75,000$11,509
$75,001 to $110,000$14,191
Over $110,000$14,216

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Race/ethnicity unknown

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Louisiana state board of nursing.

McNeese State University
4205 Ryan St
Lake Charles, LA 70605

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