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First-Time Freshman

First-Time Freshman

First Time Freshman Admission Requirements


All requirements listed below must be met:
  ✔     Graduation from secondary school
  ✔     English readiness (see charts 1 below)
  ✔     Mathematics readiness (see chart 2 below)
  ✔     English Proficiency scores (see chart 3 below
  ✔     Minimum high school GPA of 2.35       
 
Chart 1:“Readiness” for college-level English must be demonstrated by one of the following:
Minimum Score / Grade
ACT English 18
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 500
ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Writing 250
PTE Academic 48
IELTS 6.0
TOEFL 71
Developmental English U.S. college coursework "C" grade or higher
A level/ O level/ GCSE English "C" grade or higher
IB (HL) English "4" grade or higher
KCSE English "B" grade or higher
ELS level 112 Completion

Chart 2: “Readiness” for college-level math must be demonstrated by one of the following:
Minimum Score / Grade
ACT Math 19
SAT Math Section 500
ACCUPLACER Next-Generation
Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
263
Developmental Mathematics U.S. college coursework "C" grade or higher

Chart 3: English language proficiency must be demonstrated by one of the following:
Minimum Score / Grade
TOEFL 61
IELTS 5.0
PTE Academic 44
SAT Writing and Langauge sub-score

SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing
28

540
ACT English 21
A level/ O level/ GCSE English "C" grade or higher
IB (HL) English "4" grade or higher
KCSE English "B" grade or higher
ELS level 112 Completion
U.S. High School Transcript One year of full time enrollment

Notes:
  • Students with a high school cumulative GPA of 2.0-2.34 may be admitted if their SAT Total score is 1020 or higher. Students aged 25 or higher may be admitted with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
  • An international student who graduated from a state-approved U.S. high school must meet the  First-Time Freshman Admission Standards.
  • Full admission criteria may be viewed in our catalog.



First Time Freshman Checklist

  • Be sure to select your application type as "International First Time Freshman".
  • 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
  • Official transcripts and diplomas from all secondary schools attended must be sent directly to McNeese.
  • ​Your GPA will be calculated by our office.
                                                   
6) Official English Language Proficiency score
  • See chart above for a full list of acceptable English Language Proficiency scores.
  • Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
7) Official English and Mathematics readiness scores
  • See chart above for a full list of acceptable English and Mathematics readiness scores.
  • Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency.
  • SAT school code: 6403; ACT school code: 1594
                                   
  • 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 http://mcneese.edu/scholarships or email to scholarships@mcneese.edu
  • Please note that students who are sponsored by a government or government-affiliated scholarship program are NOT eligible to request any scholarships through McNeese.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
9On Campus Housing Application (optional)


Mail your Documents

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
USA

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 internationaloffice@mcneese.edu with any additional questions.