McNeese State University is primarily a teaching institution whose mission is successful education of the undergraduate students and services to the employers and communities in its region. McNeese Athletics supports the university's mission by providing student-athletes with a successful education and prominent athletic team experience through the prusuit of personal growth and development. McNeese's colors are blue and gold. The men's sports teams are known as the Cowboys, while the women's athletic teams are the Cowgirls. McNeese State sports teams participate in NCAA Division I in the Southland Conference.