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Admission of International Students

Admission of International Students

Authority: 
Academic and Student Affairs
Date enacted or revised: 
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McNeese has a growing international student population, with approximately 400 international students from nearly 50 different countries. Of particular interest to international students are Engineering, Business, Nursing, Computer Science and Education programs.
For specific information on the programs and degrees that we offer at McNeese, please visit the catalog website at http://catalog.mcneese.edu for more information.
The deadline for application for admission the Fall Semester is May 15 and the deadline for the Spring Semester is October 15 for receipt of all required documents and exam scores. A student can defer admission to the next semester by sending an email to the admissions office.
An outline of the cost of attendance at McNeese State University can also be viewed online at http://www.mcneese.edu. Fees are subject to change. In addition to tuition, international students are required to pay approximately $115 per semester for the International Student Insurance Policy and $50 per semester for the foreign fee. Room and board on campus are estimated to cost approximately $2500 per semester, though this cost varies greatly depending on the type of room and meal plan. In addition, academically qualified students can apply for scholarship awards which are based on academic excellence and performance on the computed GPA from official transcripts, TOEFL/IELTS, and ACT/SAT or GRE/GMAT, and vary on the amount of tuition reduction depending on the award.
A final admissions decision cannot be made until all documentation is received. All documentation must be sent directly to McNeese by the testing agency. All required forms can be downloaded and printed from the website at www.mcneese.edu/international. The following information must be submitted:
  1. International Student Application for Admission
  2. Affidavit of Support Form and Official Bank Letter (For F-1 Students Only)
    Please read and follow the instructions very carefully. The signed Affidavit of Support Form promising $18,000 support from a sponsor each year. An official, original bank statement or bank letter verifying that a sponsor currently has the equivalent of a minimum of $18,000 in U.S. dollars deposited in a bank account must be submitted.
  3. Proof of Immunization form
    Every student must complete and return the Proof of Immunization form prior to admission to McNeese. If medical records are unavailable, the request for exemption section on the Proof of Immunization form must be completed.
  4. $60.00 application fee
    Please make out the check, money order, or demand draft to "McNeese State University" for $60 drawn on a US bank.
  5. Official transcripts and diplomas
    Official transcripts and diplomas/provisional certificates from all schools attended must be sent to McNeese directly from the school or by the applicant in envelopes sealed by the school and must be certified by the school's registrar, controller of exams or attestation officer. Students applying for a graduate (master) program must only send official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended, including any US institutions, once grades are posted for the last semester attended. Students applying for an undergraduate (bachelor) program who have attended a university or college for one full semester must only send official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended, including any US institutions, once grades are posted for the last semester attended. Students applying for an undergraduate (bachelor) program who have never attended a university or college must only send official high school/secondary school transcripts from all high schools/secondary schools attended, including any US institutions, once grades are posted for the last semester attended. The GPA will be calculated in office and must meet the minimum requirements of 2.35 for undergraduate applicants, 2.50 for graduate applicants, 2.75 for environmental science/chemistry graduate applicants, and 3.00 for engineering graduate applicants.
  6. Evaluation of Foreign Credentials:An Official Course-By-Course Evaluation of Credentials for all College/University Credit Earned from Foreign Institutions
    Transcripts must be evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (www.ece.org), Global Credential Evaluators, Inc. (www.gceus.com), or World Education Services, Inc. (www.wes.org). 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.
  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 by the student with the Test Report Form Number so we can verify the scores online. The required minimum TOEFL scores are 173 CBT/61 IBT for undergraduate applicants, 195 CBT/71 IBT for graduate applicants, 205 CBT/75 IBT for environmental science/chemistry graduate applicants, 220 CBT/83 IBT for engineering graduate applicants, and 213 CBT/79 IBT for MBA graduate applicants, or the required minimum IELTS scores are 5.0 for undergraduate applicants, 6.0 for graduate applicants, and 6.5 for engineering graduate applicants. If you have attended a US university/college for at least two semesters we will waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.
  8. Official GRE (for graduate applicants) or GMAT (for MBA graduate applicants)
    GRE or GMAT scores must be mailed directly from the testing agency to McNeese (Code=6403 for GRE and GMAT). The required minimum GMAT score is 400 for MBA graduate applicants. The required minimum GRE score is 1050 Verbal+Quantitative (650 Quantitative) for engineering graduate applicants and 900 (Verbal+Quantitative) for environmental science/chemistry graduate applicants. The required GRE score for other graduate applicants is calculated based on the student's GRE score and calculated GPA.
  9. Official ACT or SAT scores for undergraduate applicants
    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 undergraduate coursework from a US university/college we will evaluate your transcript and may be able to waive the SAT/ACT if you have the McNeese equivalent of English 101/College Algebra once the final transcript is received.
  10. Academic Scholarship Application (optional)
    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.
  11. Access Award/Non-Resident Fee Waiver Application (optional)
    To be considered for the Access Award/Non-Resident Fee Waiver this form must be received in the International Student Affairs Office.  This is available to students who enter McNeese in the Fall Semester or Spring Semester only.  The form can be downloaded from www.mcneese.edu/scholarships/.
  12. On Campus Housing Application (optional)
    For information on campus housing, please visit www.mcneesereslife.com or email to msuleasing@ambling.com.
  13. 3 Recommendation Letters are required for environmental science/chemistry graduate applicants only.
  14. Transfer Credit
    A student will be considered a transfer student if any university/college credit in the US or in another country has been earned. Transfer credit for graduate students transferring from a US university/college will be decided by the department once the student arrives at McNeese. Decisions regarding undergraduate transfer credit from a US university/college will be processed and evaluated once the student is accepted to McNeese and the final transcript from the US institution is received. Decisions regarding transfer credit from another country are made by the individual departments and once are admitted to McNeese student need official course descriptions from the university/college and official translations in English of all courses you wish to be considered for transfer credit (the evaluation will be done once the student arrives at McNeese during the first semester of study). For MBA students, the department will evaluate undergraduate courses and decide if all pre-requisites are met after receiving official course descriptions from the universities/colleges attended.
International admissions requirements are subject to change.
The mailing address for McNeese State University is:
McNeese State University
International Student Affairs
Box 90180
Lake Charles, LA 70609
USA
Some couriers require the exact street address which is:
McNeese State University
Office of Admissions
Kaufman Hall, Room 151
4205 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605
USA
Please feel free to contact us at intinfo@mcneese.edu with any additional questions.