McNeese State University

Graduates: 794
Undergraduates: 7501
Graduates: 794
Setting: Medium four-year, primarily nonresidential
In-state Tuition: $4,254.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $15,156.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 0.917
SAT / ACT / GPA: 1485 / / 3.26
Public/Private: Public
Male/Female Ratio: 39:61
Campus Housing: yes
Religious Affiliation: N/A
Campus Housing: yes
Acceptance Rate: 75%

McNeese State University is a public university located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in the United States. Founded in 1939 as Lake Charles Junior College, it was renamed McNeese Junior College after John McNeese, an early local educator

The Office of Human Resources is committed to providing excellence in leadership, direction, and assistance to faculty and staff of the University in all employment services from recruitment and selection of new employees through the retirement processing of employees completing their careers. The staff promotes a positive and welcoming work environment for University employees by proactive and creative problem solving and by providing continuous opportunity for growth and development. The office places strong emphasis on supporting the teaching, research, and public service mission of the University. McNeese State University does not discriminate with regard to race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, retirement status, disability, veteran status, age, or sex in admission to or employment in its education programs or activities. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations or equal opportunity may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and Chief Diversity Officer: Office of Equal Opportunity, Box 93248, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70609. Telephone: voice (337) 475-5428; hearing impaired TDD/TTY (337) 562-4227.

McNeese State University was founded in 1939 as a division of Louisiana State University and was originally called Lake Charles Junior College. It offered only the first two years of higher education. McNeese opened its doors on an 86-acre (350,000 m2) tract donated by the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, the parish governing board. There were two original buildings: the former Administration Building (Kaufman Hall) and the McNeese Arena (Ralph O. Ward Memorial Gym). The auditorium, now Francis G. Bulber Auditorium, was completed in 1940 as the third building on the campus. These three buildings are still in use today. The name became John McNeese Junior College in 1940 by resolution of the University Board of Supervisors in honor of this pioneer educator of Lake Charles. In 1950, the college advanced to four-year status under legislation pushed by State Senator Gilbert Franklin Hennigan of DeRidder in neighboring Beauregard Parish. The school was separated from Louisiana State University and renamed McNeese State College. Its administration was transferred to the Louisiana State Board of Education. In 1960, legislators authorized McNeese to offer curricula leading to the master's degree; in 1966, the degree of Educational Specialist was first offered. In 1970, its name changed to McNeese State University. McNeese was first accredited in 1954 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Urban, 121 acres (0 km2)

Joe W. Aguillard - President of Louisiana College in Pineville since January 2005 Zach Bronson � Former Safety for the San Francisco 49ers from 1997�2003Ben Broussard � Major League Baseball first basemanTierre Brown � National Basketball Association player and MVP of the NBA Development League in 2004 Clay Buchholz � Pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. Pitched a no-hitter in 2007James David Cain � Former state representative and state senator from Calcasieu, Beauregard, and Vernon parishesMichael Ray Charles � Contemporary artistNeil O'Boyle Connelly - Novelist and writer of short fiction Clay Condrey - Former Major League Baseball pitcher. He played for the San Diego Padres and the Philadelphia Phillies. Jefferson J. DeBlanc � Medal of Honor recipientAndre Dubus � Writer of short fiction, including the work "Killings" which was adapted into the Oscar-nominated motion picture In the BedroomJoe Dumars � National Basketball Association former guard for the Detroit Pistons and MVP of the 1989 NBA Finals; Top 50 All-Time NBA Team; member of the Basketball Hall of FameDan Flavin � Lake Charles Realtor and former state representativeRay Fontenot � Former Major League Baseball pitcher from 1983�1986. He pitched for the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, & Minnesota TwinsKeith Frank � Zydeco musician Brett Geymann � state representative from District 35, Calcasieu Parish Bob Howry � Major League Baseball pitcher for the Chicago CubsAdam Johnson - Novelist and winner of 2012 Puliter Prize Kerry Joseph � Quarterback of the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL. Doug Kershaw � Cajun musician, obtained degree in mathematics Chuck Kleckley � state representative from southwestern Calcasieu Parish; Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives since 2012 Derek Lamely � professional golfer Luke Lawton � NFL Fullback/Half Back for Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, and now with the Oakland RaidersDemond Mallet� Former German Bundesliga basketball allstar (2002, 2004, 2005, 2007) and Championship MVP (2004�5 season), the highest paid professional basketball player in Belgium. Willie Mount � Louisiana State Senator[citation needed] Dan Morrish � Member of both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature from JenningsReginald Nelson- Former offensive Lineman and 5th round draft pick of the San Diego Chargers in the 1999 NFL Draft. Started 52 consecutive games at McNeese, more than any other Cowboy in school historyKeith Ortego � Former American football wide receiver for the Chicago Bears of the NFL. He was a member of the Bears team that won Super Bowl XX following the 1985 NFL seasonEric Pete � New York Times bestselling authorKavika Pittman � Former Defensive End and 2nd-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys in the 1996 NFL Draft Dan Richey � Former state representative and state senator and Republican political activist B. J. Sams � Punt and kick-off returner for the Baltimore Ravens, and the Kansas City Chiefs Tom Sestak � Defensive Tackle for the Buffalo Bills; in January 1970, Sestak was selected as a member of the All-Time All-AFL Team, and in 2009 as a member of the Bills' 50th Anniversary Team. Leonard Smith � Former 1st round draft pick, 17th overall, of the St. Louis Cardinals (NFL) in the 1983 NFL Draft. He played cornerback and safety in the NFL for the Cardinals from 1983�1988 and the Buffalo Bills from 1988�1991. R. C. Slocum � head football coach at Texas A&M University from 1989 until 2002. He is the coach with the most wins in Texas A&M football history. Victor T. "Vic" Stelly � former state representative from Calcasieu Parish and author of the Stelly Plan who also did postgraduate studies at McNeese and served as a college administratorJoe Gray Taylor, distinguished historian of Louisiana and the American South, was the chairman of the McNeese history department and later the dean of the College of Liberal Arts prior to his death in 1987. John Thomas, Former MLB player (Colorado Rockies, New York Mets, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals

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Undergraduate application fee: $20.00
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Member of National Athletic Association: Yes
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): Yes
Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIC): Yes
Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA): Yes
Member of National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA): No
Member of National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA): No