A final admissions decision cannot be made until we have received all required documents. All required forms can be downloaded and printed from our website.
An international student applying for admission as a first-time freshman must meet the following criteria:
- Graduation from a recognized secondary school comparable to a U.S. high school;
- English language proficiency as specified under International Admissions Regulations;
- Need of no developmental courses (required scores below); AND
- ONE of the following:
- Minimum high school GPA of 2.35 as calculated by the Office of International Student Affairs OR
- Minimum high school GPA of 2.0 as calculated by the Office of International Student Affairs andminimum 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 outlined here.
You must submit the following listed below to apply for admission:
4) $30.00 application fee
5) Official transcripts and diplomas
Students seeking admission for undergraduate study who have earned over 18 hours of college credit do not have to submit their high school transcripts or diplomas.
Official transcripts and diplomas from all Colleges/universities attended must be sent to McNeese directly from the school or by the applicant in envelopes sealed by the school , once grades are posted for the last semester attended. Your GPA will be calcualted by our office and must meet the 2.0 minimum GPA requirement.
TOEFL scores must be mailed directly from the testing agency to McNeese (Code=6403) or a copy of the IELTS score report form must be sent to McNeese.The required minimum TOEFL scores is 61 IBT for undergraduate applicants. The required minimum IELTS scores are 5.0 for undergraduate applicants.If you have attended a US university/college for at least two semesters we will waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.
Official ACT or SAT scores must be mailed directly from the testing agency to McNeese (Code=6403 for SAT; Code=1594 for ACT). The required minimum ACT score is 18 English/19 Math OR minimum SAT score is 450 Verbal/460 Math if you have never attended a university/college. If you have attended a US university/college you must have earned at least a US transferrable associate degree from a regionally accredited institution (AA, AS, AGS - not AAS) OR have the McNeese equivalent of English 101 and Math 113. If you have attended a Non-US university/college you must have the McNeese equivalent of Math 113 and the minimum ACT 18 English OR SAT 450 Verbal.
If a student already has earned more than 18 credit hours either in the U.S. or at a foreign college they cannot fulfill admission requirements with an ACT or SAT score. These students will have needed to either have earned an Associate degree or pass an equivalent of both MATH 113 (College Algebra) and ENG 101 (College Level English).
8) Academic Scholarship Application (optional)
If you possess all requirements for admission, please mail in all of your documents to one of the following addresses. If you are in the U.S. and using a United States post office. either address will normally work, but any other delivery method may require one address or the other.
The mailing address for McNeese State University is:
McNeese State University
Lake Charles, LA 70609
Some couriers require the exact street address which is:
McNeese State University
4205 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605
Once we receive your application and supporting documents, you will be contacted at the email address on your application within three to ten business days.
We might contact you at this point to:
- Notify you of missing requirements
- Ask you for additional documentation
- Notify you of acceptance
- Notify you of denial
Application, Admissions, and Post Acceptance Process
If you have been accepted and have not submitted any type of scholarship application and have never attended a U.S. University or Language Center, our office will now create your I-20. Once created, you will be contacted for delivery details.
If you are accepted and have submitted McNeese scholarship applications and have never attended a U.S. University or Language Center, our office will now submit your scholarship documents to our campus' Scholarship and Testing Office for a scholarship decision. Once we receive their scholarship decision, we can create your I-20. At this point, our office will contact you for delivery details.
Once you arrive at campus your FIRST stop must be the International Office. We will need to make copies of your visa, passport, I-94, and any previous I-20s. During this point, you will be notified of the International Orientation date (mandatory for new MSU students) and we will remove any existing holds that would prevent registration for courses.
Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions.