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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When can I apply to McNeese?
We take applications for future terms as soon as you are ready to submit them!  Please take a careful look at all requirements for admission for your student type.
Be aware that there are deadlines that guarantee your documents will be processed for each semester of study.
The deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall: May 15
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: March 15

We accept documents after the deadline, but we cannot guarantee processing in time for the commencement of the semester.

Can I send you a scan/copy of my McNeese Application for Admission?
Yes! The application form, Immunization form, your financial documentation, IELTS score card and  all other requirements for admission can be emailed.
You will be required to mail the application fee, official transcripts and diplomas, test scores, and the Evaluation of Foreign Credentials.

Does McNeese State University offer an English program?
No, but our campus partners with a program that offers English language study.

If you are interested in studying at McNeese, but need to take English language courses, you may attend the English as a Second Language Institute located here on our campus.  More information can be found by visiting our ELS page.

Can I send you a scan/copy of my ACT or SAT scores?
No.  We must receive these scores directly from the testing service for admission purposes.You must contact the company directly and ask them to send your scores to McNeese State Univeristy.

Can I send you a scan/copy of my TOEFL or IELTS scores?
Yes and No.

TOEFL scores must be sent directly from the testing agency for admission purposes.You must contact the company directly and ask them to send your scores to McNeese State University.


IELTS scores can be sent as a scan or copy.  On  every IELTS score report form, there is a little block on the lower right hand side labeled "Test Report Form Number".  McNeese participates in an online verification system where we type your Test Report Form number into a database and can electronically verify your score.  This means you can send an unofficial copy and it can be deemed official after verification.

My parents did not keep my medical records/ my medical records are in a foreign language/I don't have access to a doctor right now for confirmation of immunizations.  What do I do?

There are several reasons why you cannot submit adequate proof of immunizations.  Our office recommends that you sign the waiver available on the McNeese Proof of Immunization form PDF.  You can "sign the waiver" by fully filling out the Student Information section (section 1) on the front of the form.  On the back (page 2) of the form, check-mark "personal" for both waiver sections and sign and date both sections.

This waiver is in lieu of providing extensive shot records.  Our office advises that you sign the waiver to avoid having a hold placed on your account for insufficient documentation.

Can I send you a scan/copy of my McNeese Affidavit of Support Form or bank letter ?
Yes. Our policy allows scans/copies of these documents.

**Saudi Arabian students sponsored by SACM may email our office their Financial Gaurantee.

If my native language is English, do I still need to take the TOEFL/IELTS?
No.  If you are from a country in which English is the official language, no TOEFL or IELTS score is required.

If I finished an ESL program elsewhere, do I still need a TOEFL/IELTS?
Yes.  Currently, the only students who are allowed to receive admission without TOEFL or IELTS scores are the graduates of the ESLI program located on McNeese campus or Kaplan / ELS graduates who applied for conditional admission to McNeese upon entering the program.

Students who have graduated from Kaplan or ELS without previously contacting McNeese for a conditional admission letter will be required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.

Can I send in an evaluation done by someone other than GCE or WES?
No.  We only accept evaluations from GCE  or WES.
Other companies will not be accepted.


*Note that we only require post-secondary school work be evaluated.  Your High-School (Secondary School) transcripts will be evaluated by the admissions staff at McNeese.

They don't have the ACT or SAT in my country.  Do I still have to take this examination?

When do I get my I-20?
An I-20 cannot be issued until a student has been accepted into McNeese State University.  If you are applying for scholarships from McNeese or transferring from a U.S. college/university/English language program, the process will take place after we receive a response from the scholarship office and you have been transferred from your previous institution.

When do I register for classes?
Once you've been accepted, received an I-20, and have "checked-in" to our office, we will let you know the details for registering for courses.

All new international students cannot register for courses until they've completed the "check-in" procedures at our office.  Please remember to bring your passport, visa,  our I-20, and all previous I-20s on your first visit to our office.

Can I work while studying?
No!  Students on an F-1 (student) visa are NOT allowed to work while studying.  The only exception to this rule is if a student obtains on campus employment.  McNeese offers the chance for undergraduate and graduate students to work on campus.

Undergraduate students can seek employment by contacting the Office of Student Employment located in Smith Hall.

Graduate students also have the opportunity to work as Graduate Assistants.  This position reduces the cost of tuition and waives out of state fees assessed to International students.  Details for Graduate Assistantships are to be discussed with the specific department in which you intend to apply

What jobs are available on campus?
Graduate Assistantships and student workers jobs are available on campus.
Please click this link to apply for Graduate Assistanships Position.

I couldn't make it to McNeese before the start date on my I-20. What do I do?

You will be required to update your semester to a later term.  You will need to fill out another  ApplicationPDF and email it directly to internationaloffice@mcneese.edu.

Students are allowed to update their semester once for free.  After the first update, you will be charged the $30 application fee to update your semester.

What is the GRE score for the Masters in the Mathematics department? (This includes the Concentrations in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics)

The minimum requirement is as follows:

5 * (quantitative GRE percentile number) + 100 * GPA > 450