LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - McNeese State University has been nationally recognized for "offering affordable tuition and high average salary earnings for graduates," according to a news release from the university.
University officials said Tuesday that McNeese ranked 34th in the top 60 public institutions by AffordableCollegesOnline.org.
"McNeese is quickly becoming the university of innovation through the promotion of innovative teaching and learning methodologies, regional partnerships, service-learning opportunities, applied research, cultural engagement and athletic excellence," said Dr. Philip Williams, McNeese president.
"Our core values of academic excellence, student success, fiscal responsibility and university-community alliances guide us and this national recognition indicates that our students are receiving a quality education and have marketable skills," he said.
"I congratulate our faculty and staff for their work and for embracing our motto of 'Excellence With A Personal Touch'," Williams continued.
Officials said McNeese has been recognized nationally before as one of the best regional universities in the South and for providing individual attention to students.
"Our students come from 50 parishes, 30 states and 40 countries," said Candace Townsend, McNeese director of public relations. "There is a lot of excitement on campus. In August, we will open a new residence hall designed to promote and encourage academic excellence and we will launch our new radio station, KBYS-FM. Just last month, McNeese alumnus Adam Johnson won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction."
Officials, in the release, said McNeese has a $335 million annual economic impact in Southwest Louisiana.
McNeese will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2014.