McNeese State University

Located in Southwest Louisiana in an area that is known for its friendly people, outdoor recreational opportunities, and great food, McNeese is quickly becoming the University of Innovation through the promotion of innovative teaching and learning methodologies, regional partnerships, service-learning opportunities, applied research, cultural engagement, and athletic excellence! McNeese students can select from a wide variety of majors in business, education, engineering, languages, communication, visual and performing arts, social sciences, health care, and agricultural, biological, and environmental sciences.Undergraduate internships and research are supported and encouraged. Research projects cross the various disciplines and showcase academic interests from biology and agricultural sciences to art, engineering, and economics. Current research by McNeese faculty and students may lead to discoveries of a new class of antibiotics developed with alligator blood, mosquito control strategies, solutions for wetlands erosion, wildlife management, healthier beef and pork products, coastal restoration, and innovative ways to use native plants for their natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.With three working farms covering over 2,100-acres, McNeese agricultural sciences majors have unique hands-on opportunities to experience day-to-day farm operations and work with area cattle producers. McNeese is one of just a few four-year universities in the country to have a state-of-the-art meat processing and production facility. The Center for Advancement of Meat Production and Processing supports work force development by preparing students for a wide variety of jobs in the agricultural and food science industry.Students from all majors participate in the Internship Program that provides McNeese students with invaluable, hands-on experience and unique opportunities that often lead to job offers and lifelong professional mentors. They have completed internships at hundreds of corporations, medical facilities, retail businesses, non-profit organizations and industries in Southwest Louisiana and throughout the world.McNeese is at the epicenter of a multi-billion dollar economic development that includes construction and expansion of industries in Southwest Louisiana. The newly constructed Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial and Economic Development (SEED) Center on the McNeese campus is a regional, one-stop, economic development facility. The SEED Center is also the home to the McNeese Innovation Center that includes a business incubator where students can receive mentoring while they build their entrepreneurial skills to develop or grow a business or business product.McNeese is just the second university in the country to offer the Innovation Engineering Career Accelerator Program, which is designed to help students learn new thinking skills that will help them in the creation, communication and commercialization of innovative ideas. The courses are open to students of any major and teach students how to be innovative in every discipline, every major and endeavor they choose.McNeese competes in 16 NCAA men's and women's teams and the Cowboys and Cowgirls have won more than 30 conference championships and made two trips to the football national championship. McNeese is the only university in Louisiana to have a rodeo team. McNeese rodeo students have won three national team titles and 12 individual titles.Recently ranked in the top 58 public institutions for offering affordable tuition and high average salary earnings for graduates, McNeese has been recognized nationally as one of the best regional universities in the South and for providing individual attention to students. Faculty and staff embrace the McNeese motto of Excellence With a Personal Touch!

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school_type year_founded religious_affiliation academic_calendar year_2016_endowment address telephone
Public, Coed 1939 N/A Semester $17.0 million 4205 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA 70609 (337) 475-5000
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37 100.0 Louisiana Lake Charles 197