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International

I am a citizen of another country seeking enrollment at McNeese.

Admissions for International Students

We're thrilled you've decided to become a Cowboy and join the thousands of others who have made McNeese their first choice. Start your application by choosing which student type best fits you below:

Note: Before you start the application process, make sure meet admission requirements.

First Time Freshman

International Freshman Students

McNeese is happy to welcome over 400 international students representing 40 countries every year. If you are a citizen of another country seeking enrollment at McNeese, follow the checklist below to apply. If you are a DACA immigrant, pending/granted asylum seeker or permanent resident, or if you are an international student that graduated from a U.S. high school, head over to the Domestic Freshmen tab for your application steps.

Applications that are received after the deadline may not be processed in time for admission or scholarship consideration. Be sure to allow at least two months before the application deadline for visa request, issuance and travel.

Start Application Process


Application Steps

Pay a nonrefundable $30 application fee after you receive notification that your application has been processed.
Have your transcripts and diplomas from all secondary schools attended sent directly to McNeese. The Office of International Programs will calculate your GPA.
Have your ACT or SAT scores sent to McNeese directly from the testing agency. If you can't provide ACT or SAT scores, you can demonstrate readiness for college-level math in one of the ways provided on this chart, or take the Accuplacer remotely.
Submit your official TOEFL or IELTS score to McNeese. If you can't provide TOEFL or IELTS scores, you can demonstrate English proficiency in one of the ways outlined in our admission requirements.
Submit a copy of your passport.
Submit a signed affidavit and bank letter from your sponsor.

After You Apply:

Submit a proof of immunization form
(Optional) Apply for an Academic Scholarship
(Optional) Apply for on-campus housing
(Optional) Purchase a commuter or residence campus dining meal plan


A final admissions decision cannot be made until the McNeese Office of International Programs has received all required official transcripts, forms, documents and exam scores. After you're approved for admission to McNeese and issued an I-20 form, you will need to file a student visa application.

Mail application materials to:

McNeese State University
International Programs
HC Drew Center
150 Beauregard Drive
4205 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605 USA

Undergraduate Transfers
First Time Graduate
Graduate Transfers

Office of International Programs

App Deadlines

Fall applications - due August 1
Spring applications - due December 1
Summer applications - due May 15