a Cowboy

Undergraduate + Graduate Admissions


The Next Class of Cowboys

Considered one of the best universities in the region and in the South, McNeese has been providing generations of students with rich college experiences and valuable degrees for nearly a century. As a part of our Cowboy Family, you will be joining a long tradition of pioneering thinkers, groundbreaking artists and capable innovators.

At McNeese, we are dedicated to providing you with a holistic college experience that will prepare you to make a life, make a living and make a difference for you, your family and your community.


Admission Deadlines

Fall Application

August 1

Spring Application

December 1

Summer Application

May 15

Admission Events

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Which Type of Student Are You?

Beginning Freshman

I’m a high school senior or first-time-in-college student.


I have college credit and have not previously attended McNeese.


I want to earn a degree or certificate taking online-only classes.


I’m seeking a master’s degree, doctorate, or graduate-level certificate.


I previously attended McNeese and would like to return.

*(Does not apply for dual enrollment)


I’m a non-U.S. citizen seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree.

Not Sure Where You Fit?

Find the degree
you want

Our university offers over 70 different academic tracts, from Animal Science to Technical Writing, and many of our degree programs are offered 100% online. But remember – you don’t have to declare a major until your sophomore year, so you have plenty of time to figure out what you want to do while you’re here.

Freshman Admissions

We're thrilled you've decided to become a Cowboy and join the thousands of others who have made McNeese their first choice. Our campus provides everything you could want from a larger university, including exhibition and performance spaces, advanced athletic facilities and arenas, and state-of-the-art laboratories and research facilities. And we're always improving – currently, we're expanding our campus amenities and facilities.

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Financial Aid Snapshot


of McNeese students utilize other resources like scholarships, grants and TOPs to pay for college.


higher annual earnings with a 4-year degree compared to a 2 year degree in Southwest Louisiana

Meet Our Recruiters

Madeline Stark

Madeline Stark
Kate Colby

Kate Colby

Transfer Admissions

Whether you've previously attended a community college or another university, have numerous credits or just a few classes under your belt, McNeese has everything you need to achieve your personal and professional goals. Transferring to a new university can seem daunting, but the information and resources you'll find here will help make your transition to McNeese a smooth one.

Why McNeese?


Average instructor / student ratio means a far more personalized education.


of McNeese graduates who applied to law school were admitted.


of McNeese graduates who applied to medical school were admitted.

Online Admissions

Whether you're pursing a master's degree, an education specialist degree, graduate certificate, or other advanced degree or certificate, we're happy you've made McNeese your first choice to continue your education. Find out what out what the William J. Doré Senior School of Graduate Studies has to offer.

About McNeese Online

Fully Online
Bachelor's Degree Programs
Fully Online
Post-Bacc Certificate Programs
Fully Online
Master's degree Programs
Fully Online
Graduate Certificate Programs
Fully Online
Post-Master's Program

Returning Admissions

Once a cowboy, always a cowboy! At McNeese, we understand that life happens, and sometimes you need to take a break from pursuing your degree. We’re happy to welcome you back and help you pick up where you left off. If you've previously attended McNeese as a regular student and want to re-enroll, the resources below can help you with the process.

Welcome Back!


Consecutive years that McNeese has been named one of the Best Regional Universities in the South

U.S. News and World Report


Student union project will kick start phase 1 of major campus development plans over the next 10-20 years.

Top 25

Among public and private schools in the nation for salary potential for engineering majors.

2020-2021 College Salary Report by

International Admissions

Graduate Programs

McNeese State University is a great place to continue your education and advance your career. Explore our graduate programs and certificates and get started on the next step of your professional development.

Graduate Admissions

McNeese State University is a great place to continue your education and advance your career. Explore our graduate programs and certificates and get started on the next step of your professional development.