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International Student Admission Requirements

International Student Admission Requirements

International First-Time Freshman Admission Requirements

An international student applying for admission as a first-time freshman must meet the following criteria:

  1. Graduation from a recognized secondary school comparable to a U.S. high school;
  2. English language proficiency as specified under International Admissions Regulations;
  3. Need of no more than one developmental course; AND
  4. ONE of the following:
    1. Minimum high school GPA of 2.25 as calculated by the Office of International Student Affairs OR
    2. Minimum high school GPA of 2.0 as calculated by the Office of International Student Affairs and minimum composite ACT score of 20 (SAT score of 940).

An international student who graduated from a state-approved U.S. high school must meet the first-time freshman admission criteria.

International Transfer Admission Requirements

  1. International Transfer Admission Requirements:
    1. Graduation from a recognized secondary school comparable to a U.S. high school;
    2. English language proiciency as speciied under International Admissions Regulations;
    3. Cumulative GPA of at least 2.25 on all college-level courses as calculated by the Ofice of International Student Affairs;
    4. Be eligible to return to the institution from which they are transferring; AND
    5. Be in need of no more than one developmental course at the time of enrollment at McNeese.
  2. International transfer students who have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.25 on all college-level courses, but who have earned less than 12 college-level credit hours, must meet international first-time freshman admission criteria in addition to the international transfer admission criteria.

International Admission Exceptions - An international applicant who is denied admission may appeal to the University Admissions Panel. In accordance with Board of Regents policy, McNeese State University may admit students by exception who do not meet all stated requirements; however, the U.S. Federal Regulations prohibit students on F-1 visas from being conditionally admitted.

International Admission Regulations

  1. The following materials are required of ALL international applicants:
    1. Application for admission. The international student application may be obtained from the Office of International Student Affairs, the Office of the Registrar, or the University's Web site at http://www.mcneese.edu/international.
    2. A non-refundable application fee of $30 (check or money order). Checks must be drawn on a U.S. bank.
    3. Affidavit of financial support. This form may be obtained from the Office of International Student Affairs, the Office of the Registrar, or the University's Web site at http://www.mcneese.edu/international. A bank statement or official bank letter must accompany the affidavit of financial support and must reflect the minimum balance required as determined by the Office of International Student Affairs. (The affidavit of financial support requirement only applies to applicants seeking to enroll while in F-1 visa status.)
    4. English language proficiency documentation. Official TOEFL, IELTS, or ACT/ SAT scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the University.
    5. Complete, official secondary school and college transcripts. All documents must be properly attested by either the registrar, attestation officer, controller of examinations, or high school principal. The transcript must be in English or accompanied by an official line-by-line English translation.
    6. An official course-by-course evaluation of credentials for all college or university academic credit earned from foreign institutions. Transcripts must be evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (www.ece.org) or World Education Services, Inc. (www.wes.org). Detailed instructions for ordering a credential evaluation can be found on each evaluator's website. The credential evaluation must be sent directly from the evaluation service to the institution.
  2. All items listed above should be on file by the following dates:
    1. March 15 for the summer semester;
    2. May 15 for the fall semester;
    3. October 15 for the spring semester.

    Priority will be given to applicants who have provided all application materials by the stipulated deadlines.

  3. An applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. English proficiency may be demonstrated by one of the following:
    1. Minimum TOEFL score of 500 on the paper-based exam, 173 on the computer- based exam, or 61 on the Internet-based exam;
    2. Minimum IELTS band score of 5.0;
    3. Completion of the advanced level of the on-campus ESLI University Language Center program;
    4. Minimum ACT English score of 21 or SAT Verbal score of 500 and approval of the International Student Affairs Officer;
    5. Successful completion of one full academic year at a recognized U.S. college or university;
    6. Diploma from a state-approved U.S. high school (earned upon successful completion of required state curricula); OR
    7. Satisfactory rating in a documented personal interview with the International Student Affairs Officer. (Interviews will be granted on a discretionary basis.)

    Information about the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), which is administered in many cities of the world, may be obtained by writing: TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey 08540; or by visiting their Web site: http://www.toefl.org. Information about the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may be obtained by writing: IELTS, Inc., 100 East Corson Street, Suite 200, Pasadena, California 91103; or by visiting their Web site: http://www.ielts.org. An applicant is responsible for making testing arrangements with the agency administering the exam.

  4. The following will be considered in determining the eligibility of both international transfer and first-time freshman students: secondary and post-secondary grades; subjects taken; ability to carry a full course of study; English proficiency; standardized test scores; and the student's major field of study in relation to his or her ability. McNeese must certify that each student has the scholastic preparation to succeed; therefore, certain students meeting admission criteria may be denied admission if the Registrar, International Student Affairs Officer, Dean of Enrollment Management, academic dean, or department head agree (based on other information in the students' academic records) that the students probably will not succeed in their chosen curricula at McNeese.
  5. Applications will not be considered for admission by the Office of International Student Affairs Office (ISAO) until all required documents, including the official credential evaluation, are received. When all required admission information is received in the Office of International Student Affairs, the records will be carefully evaluated. If all admission requirements are met, a notice of acceptance and a SEVIS Form 1-20 will be issued. (The SEVIS Form I-20 is only issued to those applicants seeking to enroll while in F-1 visa status.) If all admission requirements are not met, the applicant will be notified so that alternate plans can be made.
  6. All test scores required for the purpose of admission must be submitted directly to McNeese State University by the appropriate testing agency.