McNeese State University publishes statements of its goals for student achievement and the success of students in achieving those goals. Information on student success may include reliable information in retention, graduation, course completion, licensure examinations, and job placement rates and other measures of student success appropriate to the institutional mission.

To fulfill this, McNeese State University monitors a variety of measures of student achievement, including enrollment, retention, and degrees offered.

To determine benchmarks or baseline data for retention and graduation rates, the institution reviewed historical data trends as well as similar information from peer institutions that have the same Carnegie Classification and comparable admissions criteria, student populations, and degree program inventory.

The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness annually publishes the University Factbook that contains achievement data including:

  • Headcount and FTE enrollment
  • First-year student retention rates (one-year)
  • Four-year graduation rates
  • Five-year graduation rates
  • Six-year graduation rates
  • Number of degrees conferred

Statistics in this data source are revised annually, and Factbooks since 2005 are made available online.

For McNeese State University and other Louisiana institutions, the Louisiana Board of Regents provides historical data such as:

Useful data on McNeese and many other institutions of higher education is available from College Navigator.

Because McNeese has over 2,000 active courses in its curriculum inventory, course completion rates for all courses are not published. Contact the Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness directly with any requests for completion rates for a specific course or courses.

McNeese State University’s general education core curriculum consists of coursework from six broad disciplinary areas: English Composition, Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning, Natural Sciences, Humanities, Fine Arts, and Social/Behavioral Sciences. The mission of this core curriculum is to provide students with a foundation of knowledge, skills, and methods of inquiry that support advanced study in their chosen degree programs and constitute the characteristics of an informed, college-educated citizen.

Students seeking data on achievement of student learning outcomes for a particular undergraduate or graduate program should visit the Assessment Reports webpage.

Many majors, particularly those that are not recognized by specialized or professional accrediting organizations, have additional learning goals based on national standards or licensing requirements; those student achievement goals can be obtained directly from the major department or by accessing the websites of the appropriate specialized accrediting agency.

Retention Rates

McNeese State University evaluates student achievement with respect to its mission by tracking data related to each fall’s freshmen cohort of first-time, full-time degree seeking students’ first to second year retention rate, first to third year retention rate, and six year graduation rate. Retention and graduation rate goals were developed as a result of evaluation of institutional trend data and IPEDS annual reports.

    Fall 2019 Fall 2020 Fall 2021 Fall 2022 Fall 2023 Fall 2024 Fall 2025
Enrolled in First Year Number in Cohort 1202 1193 995        
Persistence (1st fall to 1st spring) Number Persisted 1021 1026 857        
Percent Persisted – Actual 84.94% 86.00% 86.13%        
Percent Persisted – Goal 88.00% 89.00% 89.50% 83.20% 83.30% 83.40% 83.50%
Progress Toward Goal -3.06% -3.00% -3.37%        
Second Year Retention (1st fall to 2nd fall) Number Retained 861 827          
Percent Retained – Actual 71.63% 69.30%          
Percent Retained – Goal 71.00% 72.00% 72.50% 68.90% 69.00% 69.10% 69.20%
Progress Toward Goal 0.63% -2.70%          
Third Year Retention (1st fall to 3rd fall) Number Retained 691 TBD          
Percent Retained – Actual 57.50% TBD          
Percent Retained – Goal 62.00% 63.00% 63.50% 57.30% 57.40% 57.50% 57.60%
Progress Toward Goal -4.50% TBD          

Note: FTF cohort = fall semester full-time degree seeking

Job Placement Rates

The Alumni Survey is sent to all graduates six months after their graduation to collect information on graduates’ postgraduation career and educational activities.

Are you employed?

Graduation CohortYes, in major fieldYes, outside major fieldNot employed
Fall 202071.4%17.9%10.7%
Spring 202042.0%33.9%24.1%
Fall 201953.6%25.0%21.4%
Spring 201967.9%20.8%11.3%
Fall 201842.9%33.8%23.4%
Summer graduates are compiled with fall graduates.

Are you attending or do you plan to attend graduate or professional school?

Graduation CohortYes, attending graduate/professional schoolYes, plan to attend graduate/professional schoolNo
Fall 202010.7%46.4%42.9%
Spring 202022.7%38.2%39.1%
Fall 201917.9%21.4%60.7%
Spring 201924.5%30.2%45.3%
Fall 201826.0%41.6%32.5%
Summer graduates are compiled with fall graduates.