For the sixth consecutive year, McNeese State
University has received national recognition as one of the best regional
universities and one of the top public universities in the South by U.S. News
and World Report, widely considered to be the foremost authority on college
the just released 2017 edition of "Best Colleges,” McNeese is ranked in Tier
One in the Best Regional Universities-South category and it is also ranked in
the top 50 public schools in the southern region for a sixth consecutive year.
State University continues to receive national attention for its outstanding
academic programs and affordability, said Dr. Philip Williams, McNeese president.
ranks third among public and private schools in Louisiana for both the best
average starting salary for its graduates and for the best college education
value, according to SmartAsset, a NYC financial technology company. In the Best
Value ranking, McNeese has the lowest tuition of the top 10 schools.
also ranks fifth in the state for best value by Best Value Schools. Among the
criteria for this ranking are affordability, return on investment for graduates
and acceptance rate.
Values Online recently ranked three of McNeese’s online undergraduate degree
programs high for providing an accelerated online format that gives
students the flexibility to access course information and assignments when and
where they choose. McNeese’s undergraduate sociology
program was ranked No. 4 among the Top 10 ranked programs in the country while the
psychology program ranked No. 15 and the criminal justice program ranked No. 25
- and both were rated nationally among the most effective programs in the Top
that students stay on track to complete their degree requirements in a timely
manner is very important and one of the goals of our academic advisers. This
reduces the amount of loan debt that students graduate with and boosts the
return on investment for their degree,” said Williams.
is focused on preparing its graduates - in business, education, engineering and
computer science, liberal arts, nursing and health professions and the sciences
- to meet the challenges and opportunities that a global economy will bring to
the workplace in the future both here in Southwest Louisiana and throughout the
world,” he added.
The U.S. News
rankings are based on several key measures of quality, including graduation and
retention rates, assessment of excellence, faculty resources, student
financial resources, graduation rates and alumni
Regional universities offer a broad
scope of undergraduate degrees and master’s degree programs and selected public
and private universities are ranked geographically in one of four
regions-North, South, Midwest and West. The annual report is used as a tool by parents and
students to help narrow their college search.
To see the full Best Colleges 2017 rankings
by the U.S. News and World Report, visit www.usnews.com/education and follow the