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Transfer from Undergraduate Study at a U.S. Institution

Transfer from Undergraduate Study at a U.S. Institution

Undergraduate U.S. Institution Transfer Requirements
All requirements listed below must be met:
  1. Transfer students who have earned 18 or more college-level academic credit hours must have earned a transferable associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution OR meet the following admission standards
    1. Cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on all college-level academic courses;
    2. Be eligible to return to the institution from which they are transferring; AND
    3. Have completed a college-level English and mathematics course designed to fulfill general education requirements.
  2. Transfer students who have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on all college-level academic courses, but who have earned less than 18 college-level academic hours, must meet first-time freshman admission standards.                                                                              

Undergraduate U.S. Institution Transfer Checklist
  • Be sure to select your application type as "International Transfer".

  • Please read and follow the instructions very carefully.
  • You must provide the affidavit of support form promising the required $27000 amount of support from your sponsor each year and include all necessary signatures.
  • You must also provide an official, original bank statement or bank letter verifying that your sponsor currently has the equivalent of the required $27000 amount for the first year of study in U.S. dollars deposited in a bank account.

3) Proof of Immunization form PDF (May be submitted upon arrival)

4) $30.00 application fee (Payable within the online application)

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 directly to McNeese from the school or by the applicant in a sealed envelope 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.
6) Evaluation of Foreign Credentials
  • Our office requires an Official Course-By-Course Evaluation of Credentials for all college/university credit earned from foreign institution transcripts.
  • Detailed instructions for ordering a course-by-course credential evaluation can be found on each evaluator's website.
  • The official credential evaluation must be sent directly from the evaluation service to McNeese State University.                                                         
  • This is for coursework completed OUTSIDE of the United States only.

7) Official TOEFL or IELTS score
  • 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.
8) Official ACT or SAT scores (for undergraduate applicants with less than 18 credit hours earned)
  • ACT/SAT scores are required for students who have earned less than 18 credit hours at a U.S. college/university.  
    • These scores can be WAIVED if a student has passed the equivalent of both Math 113 (College Algebra) and English 101 (college level English). 
If a student has already earned more than 18 credit hours they cannot fulfill admission requirements with ACT/SAT scores. These students will need to have either earned a transferrable associate degree from a regionally accredited institution (AA, AS, AGS - not AAS) OR passed an equivalent of both Math 113 and English 101.
  • To be considered for the academic scholarship this form must be received in our office before the applicant arrives at McNeese.
  • The scholarships are available to students who enter McNeese in the fall semester or spring semester only.
  • For more information on scholarships please visit or email
  • Please note that students who are sponsored by a government or government-affiliated scholarship program are NOT eligible to request any scholarships through McNeese.
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Mail Your Documnets
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
International Programs
Box 90180
Lake Charles, LA 70609

Some couriers require the exact street address:
McNeese State University International Programs HC Drew Center 150 Beauregard Drive 4205 Ryan Street Lake Charles, LA 70605 USA
A final admissions decision cannot be made until we have received all required documents.
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 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, and any previous I-20s. During this visit, you will be notified of the International Orientation date (mandatory for new MSU students) and we will remove any existing holds that would prevent you from registering for courses.

Please feel free to contact us at with any additional questions.