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, licensure examinations, 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 individual courses are not published. Contact the Office of Institutional Research and 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 program 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 recognized by specialized or professional accrediting organizations (see Accreditation section of the General Information page of the Academic Catalog), 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 and Graduation 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.

Retention Rates

    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 79.90% 83.00% 83.10% 83.20% 83.30% 83.40% 83.50%
Progress Toward Goal 5.04% 3.00% 3.03%        
Second Year Retention (1st fall to 2nd fall) Number Retained 861 827          
Percent Retained – Actual 71.63% 69.30%          
Percent Retained – Goal 68.60% 68.70% 68.80% 68.90% 69.00% 69.10% 69.20%
Progress Toward Goal 3.03% 0.60%          
Third Year Retention (1st fall to 3rd fall) Number Retained 691            
Percent Retained – Actual 57.50%            
Percent Retained – Goal 57.00% 57.10% 57.20% 57.30% 57.40% 57.50% 57.60%
Progress Toward Goal 0.50%            

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

Graduation Rates

Fall Cohort Year Number in Cohort Six-Year Graduation Rate
Benchmark Actual Peer Institutions Disaggregated Rates
2013 1,304   45.2%   Factbook
2014 1,234   42.7%   Factbook
2015 1,336   40.9%   Factbook

Job Placement Rates

The Alumni Survey is sent to all graduates six months after their graduation to collect information on graduates’ post-graduation career and educational activities. The response rates in the tables below are not reflective of the total number of completers in each cohort; the survey is only sent to graduates who provided personal email addresses on the GradFest survey.

Are you employed?

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

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

Graduation CohortResponse RateYes, attendingYes, plan to attendNo
Fall 201826.0%41.6%32.5%
Spring 201924.5%30.2%45.3%
Fall 201917.9%21.4%60.7%
Spring 202022.7%38.2%39.1%
Fall 202010.7%46.4%42.9%
Summer graduates are compiled with fall graduates.