Note: Only credit earned at the ESLI program here on the McNeese State University campus can be used to fulfill the language requirement of admission. All other language programs at other campuses are not acceptable for admission purposes.
A final admissions decision cannot be made until we have received all required official transcripts, forms, documents, and exam scores sent directly to McNeese. All required forms can be downloaded and printed from our website. You must submit the following listed below to apply for admission:
- International Student Application for Admission (Link): International Student Application for Admission: Please click the "Apply Now" button above. Be sure to select one of our "International" application options.
- McNeese Affidavit of Support Form (Link) and Official Bank Letter or Bank Statement(For F-1 Students Only)
*both of these documents need to be submitted annually to re-confirm your level of support
- Proof of Immunization Form
- $30.00 application fee (click to hide/show details)
Please make out the check, money order, or demand draft to "McNeese State University" for $30 drawn on a US bank.
- Official transcripts and diplomas (click to hide/show details)
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.
- Undergraduate Admissions
- Graduate Admissions
- Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: An Official Course-By-Course Evaluation of Credentials for all College/University Credit Earned from Foreign Institutions (click to hide/show details)
Transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services, Inc. or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. 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.
ECE (Link) https://www.ece.org/
WES (Link) http://www.wes.org/
- Official TOEFL or IELTS score (click to hide/show details)
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 61 IBT for undergraduate applicants, 71 IBT for graduate applicants, 75 IBT for environmental science/chemistry graduate applicants, 83 IBT for engineering graduate applicants, and 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.
- Official ACT or SAT scores (for undergraduate applicants with less than 18 credit hours earned) (click to hide/show details)
If a student already has earned more than 18 credit hours either in the U.S. or at a foreign college they cannot fulfill admission requirements with an ACT or SAT score. These students will have needed to either have earned an Associate degree or pass an equivalent of both MATH 113 (College Algebra) and ENG 101 (College Level English).
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 never attended a university/college. If you have attended a US university/college you must have earned at least a US transferrable associate degree from a regionally accredited institution (AA, AS, AGS - not AAS) OR have the McNeese equivalent of English 101 and Math 113. If you have attended a Non-US university/college you must have the McNeese equivalent of Math 113 and the minimum ACT 18 English OR SAT 450 Verbal.
- Official GRE (for graduate applicants) or GMAT (for MBA graduate applicants) (click to hide/show details)
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 or GRE score 800 or New GRE score 286 for MBA graduate applicants. The required minimum GRE score is 1050 Verbal + Quantitative (650 Quantitative) or New GRE Equivalency for engineering graduate applicants, and 900 (Verbal + Quantitative) or New GRE Equivalency for environmental science/chemistry graduate applicants. The required GRE score for other graduate applicants is calculated based on the student's GRE or New GRE score and calculated GPA.
- Academic Scholarship Application (optional) (Link - same as before)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Access Award/Non-Resident Fee Waiver Application (optional-undergraduate students only) (click to hide/show details) (Link - same as before)
To be considered for the Access Award/Non-Resident Fee Waiver this form must be received in our office. This is available to students who enter McNeese in the Fall Semester or Spring Semester only. The form can be downloaded from the Office of Scholarships and Testing.
- On Campus Housing Application (optional) (click to hide/show details)
For information on campus housing, please visit the McNeese Resident Life website (Link) http://www.mcneesereslife.com/ or email email@example.com.
- 3 Recommendation Letters are required for environmental science/chemistry graduate applicants only.
If you possess all requirements for admission, please mail in all of your documents to one of the following addresses. If in the U.S. and using the 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 Student Affairs
Lake Charles, LA 70609
Some couriers require the exact street address which is:
McNeese State University
International Student Affairs
Smith Hall, Room 103
4205 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605
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's Scholarship and Testing 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.
If you are a transfer student from a U.S. University or Language Center, there is one additional step between hearing from the scholarship office and creating your I-20. In order to create your I-20, we will wait for a scholarship decision as is procedure, but we will simultaneously be waiting for your SEVIS transfer form to be fully completed by both you and your school. The McNeese transfer in form is available here. (Link)
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 point, you will be notified of the International Orientation date (mandatory for new MSU students) and we will remove any existing holds that would prevent registration for courses.
Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions.
You will be considered a transfer student if you have any university/college credit in the US or in another country. 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 in our office. Decisions regarding transfer credit from another country are made by the individual departments and if you are admitted to McNeese you will need official course descriptions from your 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 your undergraduate courses and decide if you have met all pre-requisites after receiving official course descriptions from the universities/colleges you have attended.