McNeese was also ranked in the top 50 among the top public schools in the southern region.
The rankings for the 621 public and private regional universities are based on information collected from several sources and weigh a number of factors including acceptance rates, retention and graduation rates, student/faculty ratio, alumni giving and a peer assessment score.
"McNeese has received a lot of national attention lately and I cannot think of a better way to launch our 2014 yearlong 75th anniversary celebration," Dr. Philip Williams, McNeese president, said.
Williams noted the spring announcement that Adam Johnson, a 1996 graduate of the Master of Fine Arts in creative writing program who won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, may have contributed to the MFA program moving up to No. 22 nationally. It has been nationally ranked among the top 25 programs in the nation for two consecutive years.
"McNeese is also recognized nationally as one of the top public institutions for offering affordable tuition and high average salary earnings for its graduates," Williams said.
Williams said that McNeese is one of two universities in the nation offering courses in the Innovation Engineering Management System that teaches students in all majors how to be flexible and adapt to changing business environments. The recently opened SEED Center is home to the university's student business and idea incubator and high-tech interactive Innovation Lab.
According to Williams, with the relocation of the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance to the SEED Center, McNeese may be the only university in the country with a regional Chamber of Commerce located on its campus.
To see the full Best Colleges 2014 rankings by the U.S. News and World Report, visit http://www.usnews.com/education and follow the links.