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Parent Orientation

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Parent Orientation Information

Revised July 2, 2020
Welcome to Parent Orientation 2020!  We are excited that you will take the opportunity to visit our campus and become more informed of how you can support your students. This program will offer you a chance to partake in the opening and closing of student orientation, introduce you to several support services at the University, and provide other information pertinent to you as family members of incoming students.  We welcome you to the McNeese family!  If you have any questions regarding Parent Orientation contact the Office of Student Services at 337-475-5609 or email
Parent orientations scheduled are concurrent with freshman orientations and take place on the following dates:  August 13, 14, and 15.  The program is optional for parents, but we encourage participation in its brief schedule.

Overnight Accommodations: If necessary, overnight accommodations are not provided, but recommendations are available at the bottom of this web page.

Questions You Would Like Answered Now?: If you have questions concerning the student or parent McNeese experience you were hoping to have answered earlier this summer with our previously planned orientation format, great news!  We will be hosting online Q&A sessions for parents on July 15 (at 5pm) and July 29 (at 5pm).  These sessions will feature campus professionals who will be visible remotely to answer submitted questions.  To submit a question, click this link

Click here to RSVP for a Parent Orientation Session

Tentative Schedule
Time Content Location
8:00am – 8:45am Parent Orientation & Cowboy Camp Freshman Orientation Check-In Bulber Auditorium Lawn
9:00am – 9:30am Freshman Orientation Opening Session Buber Auditorium
9:45am – 10:00am Parent Orientation Kick-Off Shearman Fine Arts Center – Tritico Theater
10:00am – 10:45am Support Services & Student Engagement Presentations Round 1 Tritico Theater
10:45am – 11:00am Break
11:00am – 11:30am Support Services & Student Engagement Presentations Round 2 Tritico Theater
11:30am – 12:00pm Dean of Students Morning Wrap-Up Tritico Theater
12:00pm – 1:30pm Departmental Table Browse (12:00pm – 1:30pm)

Disability Services Consultations

Lunch on Your Own
Shearman Fine Arts Center – Grand Gallery (Table Browse)
Rowdy’s Cafeteria (Lunch)
1:30pm – 2:30pm Enrollment Management
Student Finances: Bookstore, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Accounts Payable
Tritico Theater
2:30pm – 3:00pm Student Panel & Parent Orientation Wrap-Up Tritico Theater
3:00pm – 4:00pm (Optional) Academic Colleges Open Houses, Campus Tours, & Housing Tours Designated Locations
4:00pm Freshman Orientation Closing Activities Bulber Auditorium
Adjustments to the schedule are made as necessary.

Click here to RSVP for a Parent Orientation Session

Parent Orientation Presenting Areas:
  • Student Health & Development (Counseling Center, Career Development Center, Health Services)
  • Campus Police (Student Safety & Security)
  • Campus Housing (On-campus living information)
  • Campus Dining (Meal plans for resident and commuter students)
  • Student Engagement (General Student Activities, Student Organizations, Fraternity/Sorority Life)
  • Dean of Students (Student Rights & Responsibilities, Student Well-Being & Success, Campus Expectations)
  • “Tips and Strategies for Parents” (Presented by the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students)
  • Student Financials (Campus Bookstore, Financial Aid, Scholarships)
  • Disability Services (Private consultations offered)
Academic Colleges Table Browse and (Optional) Open Houses: 
  • College of Business
  • College of Science, Engineering, & Mathematics
  • College of Education
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Nursing & Health Professions
  • College of Agricultural Sciences
Location Information: 
  • Parent orientation presentations will take place in the Tritico Theater located in Shearman Fine Arts Annex (see map below).
  • Freshmen Orientation for students begins in Bulber Auditorium then will be in various locations throughout each day.

Campus Map:

  • Memorial Gymnasium – #23
  • Holbrook Student Union (Old Ranch) – #23
  • Holbrook Student Union Annex (New Ranch)- #33
  • Tritico Theater (Parent Orientation Presentations) – #29
  • Bulber Auditorium – #6
  • Campus Police is aware of visitors on campus for orientation dates.
    • Tickets will not be issued if you are in a legal parking spot.

Click here to view and print a campus map

Overnight Accommodations: 

If you require accommodations, consider the properties below.  Group rates are being discussed and will be announced when/if they are available.

Value: Comfort Inn Lake Charles
Hampton Inn Lake Charles
Economical: Springhill Suites Lake Charles
Luxury: Golden Nugget Casino & Hotel Resort

Click here for booking information: Coming Soon

Experience Lake Charles: 

Here are recommendations of how to spend any free time in Lake Charles.

View this Getaway Guide for more ideas of how to experience Lake Charles!


2019 version, 2020 version will be available at a later date