McNeese State University is a public regional university located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in the United States. Founded in 1939 as Lake Charles Junior College, it was renamed McNeese Junior College after John McNeese, an early local educator. The present name was adopted in 1970. The main campus occupies 121 acres (0.49 km2) lined with oak trees in the heart of south Lake Charles. The main campus includes 68 main buildings. In addition, the physical plant also includes the 503-acre (2.04 km2) McNeese Farm, a 65-acre (260,000 m2) Athletic plant, Burton Coliseum, McNeese State University offers 83 degree programs in its eight colleges and divisions such as The Division of General and Basic Studies, College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science. McNeese State University's speech and debate team is recognized as a national powerhouse and boasts numerous national championships over the last 40 years.