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McNeese College of Engineering and Computer Science Ranked Nationally in 2017 College ROI Report - Friday, April 28, 2017

McNeese State University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science ranks third among all public and private institutions in the nation as one of the best value colleges for its engineering majors, according to the 2017 College ROI Report by PayScale, Inc., the world's leading provider of on-demand compensation data and software.

According to the College ROI Report, McNeese provides one of the best 20-year net returns on investment for its engineering majors via high earning potential and affordability. Depending on whether financial aid is or isn’t included in the ROI calculations, McNeese graduates have a 20-year net ROI of between $1,109,600 (no aid) or $1,136,600 (with aid). The University of California –Berkeley ranked at the top with a ROI of $1,162,000 followed by Lamar University at $1,118,000.

In addition, McNeese ranks nationally in the top 10 for affordability of its engineering program for both in-state (No. 2) and out-of-state (No. 6) students.

"McNeese has received a lot of national attention over the past six years for its outstanding academic programs and continues to play a pivotal role in providing well-prepared, innovative leaders by offering these programs and focusing on student success and affordability,” said Dr. Philip C. Williams, McNeese president.

"This announcement by PayScale that the McNeese College of Engineering and Computer Science ranks third among all engineering schools in the nation in terms of return on investment - topping all engineering programs in the state of Louisiana - is good news,” he added.

In the 2017 U.S. News and World Report college rankings, McNeese was ranked as one of the best regional universities and one of the top public universities in the South for a sixth consecutive year.

"I would like to credit our faculty for this honor. Our engineering faculty at McNeese provide our students with a practical, hands on, industry-focused education that makes them competitive to prospective employers,” said Dr. Nikos Kiritsis, dean of the college.

"Due to the quality education they receive, McNeese engineering graduates are able to find well-paying jobs all over the country and start contributing faster than most of their counterparts from other institutions. In return, they are able to attract extremely competitive salaries.”

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