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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:

Chart 2: “Readiness” for college-level math must be demonstrated by one of the following:

Chart 3: English language proficiency must be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • 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.

4) $30.00 application fee
  • Please make out the check, money order, or demand draft to "McNeese State University" for $30 drawn on a US bank.

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 or email to
  • 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

Some couriers require the exact street address:
McNeese State University
International Programs
Kaufman 113
4205 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

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, I-94, 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.