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McNeese Receives National Recognition for Sixth Straight Year from U.S. News and World Report - Thursday, September 15, 2016

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 rankings.

In 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.

"McNeese State University continues to receive national attention for its outstanding academic programs and affordability, said Dr. Philip Williams, McNeese president.

McNeese 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.

McNeese 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.

College 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 30.

"Ensuring 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.

"McNeese 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 selectivity,

financial resources, graduation rates and alumni giving.

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 and follow the links.


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