Seventy-five years have passed since Lake Charles Junior College held its first classes in 1939 with 13 faculty and 140 students. It was quickly renamed to John McNeese Junior College to honor the pioneer educator. Since 1970 McNeese has been know by its present name and now boasts over 300 faculty, and an enrollment of over 8,300 students from 57 Louisiana parishes, 41 states, and over 50 countries from around the world.
From humble beginnings as a poor farm, to an exhibit area for the Southwest Louisiana Cattlemen's Association, to a junior college, to a top tier regional university, McNeese has always strived to provide a quality education while pioneering the future.
Please join us in proudly celebrating our rich history and accomplishments over the past 75 years while looking to the future. Attend some of our 75th anniversary events, help us recruit talented students, take that leisure learning course you've always wanted, join the Alumni Association, tell your friends on social media what McNeese means to you, or establish a gift of support.
Let the celebration begin!