McNeese State University is primarily a teaching institution whose mission is successful education of undergraduate and graduate students and services to the employers and communities in its region. McNeese uses a traditional admission process based on courses completed, GPA, and standardized test scores.
All academic programs at McNeese State University emphasize in-depth disciplinary knowledge and its application to academic and professional environments. McNeese graduates achieve success through the studied acquisition of content knowledge, the demonstration of discipline-specific skills and dispositions as well as mastery of general education competencies such as critical thinking, effective communication, and independent learning.
McNeese is responsible for serving:
- Residents of southwest Louisiana who have completed high school and are seeking either a college degree or continuing professional education;
- Two-year college transfer students, particularly those from SOWELA Technical Community College;
- Employers in the region, both public and private, school districts, health care providers, local governments, and private businesses;
- Economic development interests and regional entrepreneurs; and
- The area community, by providing a broad range of academic and cultural activities and public events.
Array of Programs and Services
- An array of programs in the liberal arts and sciences at the baccalaureate level—arts and humanities, social sciences, natural sciences—appropriate to a teaching institution with a predominantly undergraduate student body. Many of the courses taught in these programs are required for, or complement, other programs and services described below.
- Baccalaureate programs in education, engineering, agriculture, business, nursing and allied health fields, performing and visual arts, and social sciences.
- Master's programs primarily related to education, engineering, arts and sciences, nursing, and business.
- Support for area K-12 schools seeking college general education courses for advanced students.
- Services specifically designed to meet the needs of regional economic development (support for regional industrial planning, development, operations, regulatory compliance, and coordination with city and parish governments; small business development and entrepreneurship; regional economic statistical reporting; participating in Chamber of Commerce activities and initiatives; problem solving; and professional development).
- Programs supported by the Southwest Entrepreneurial and Economic Development Center.
- Agricultural and related sciences with opportunities for experiential learning at three working farms and the Center for Advancement of Meat Processing and Production.
- Applied undergraduate and graduate research partnerships in engineering, sciences, allied health and education.
- Cultural events designed to connect McNeese with the regional arts community and K-12 education.