Cowboy Camp

Get Connected, Get Engaged

Cowboy Camp New Student Orientation is designed for first-time freshmen and provides them with essential information and tools necessary to be successful McNeese students. The experience assists freshmen in adapting to the University environment and becoming a part of the campus community. Sessions are scheduled during the summer for students who will be first-time freshmen in the fall. Freshmen participate in several programmatic elements including general assemblies, engagement activities, and content-specific breakout sessions. All first-time freshmen are required to attend a Cowboy Camp session to gain credit in ORIN 101.

What will happen at Cowboy Camp?

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Cowboy is exciting, interactive, and motivational. In addition to learning what it means to be a fully engaged McNeese student, and meeting student leaders and peers, Cowboy Camp participants will have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions on topics that will assist with acclimating to the McNeese community and the college experience.

Students will also be able to participate in leisure campus activities and social engagement.

Registration for Summer 2023 Sessions

Pre-registration is required for Cowboy Camp. Students who attend Cowboy Camp Sessions are expected to stay overnight on campus. Students with addresses in Calcasieu Parish may opt-out of overnight accommodations, but are strongly encouraged to stay with their peers. Limited registration spots are available for each session.

Mark your calendar – registration opens on April 1, 2023

Tentative Cowboy Camp Schedule

Day 1 

Time Activity Location 
11:00am Check-In for Orientation and Housing Begins Recreation Complex – Ward Arena 
11:30am Lunch Begins Rowdy’s Dining Hall 
12:30pm Check-In Ends  
1:00pm Lunch Ends  
1:30pm – 2:15pm Opening Assembly w/ Parents Tritico Theater 
2:30pm – 3:15pm Small Group Session Designated Locations 
3:30pm – 4:00pm Breakout Sessions 1 Designated Locations 
4:15pm – 4:45pm Breakout Sessions 2 Designated Locations 
4:45pm – 5:30pm Flex Time TBD 
5:30pm – 6:00pm First Dinner Rowdy’s Dining Hall 
6:15pm – 6:45pm Second Dinner Rowdy’s Dining Hall 
7:00pm – 9:00pm “19:39 at the Clock Tower” Tradition

Evening Large Group Activities  

Day 2 

Time Activity Location 
7:45am First Breakfast Rowdy’s Dining Hall 
8:15am Second Breakfast Rowdy’s Dining Hall 
9:00am Morning Assembly Tritico Theater 
10:00am – 10:30am Small Group Session Designated Locations 
10:45am – 11:15am Breakout Sessions 3 Tritico Theater 
11:30am – 12:00pm Breakout Sessions 4 Designated Locations 
12:15pm – 1:45pm Lunch and Midday Activity TBD 
2:00pm – 3:00pm Flex Time (Campus Housing Checkout) Designated Locations 
3:15pm – 4:15pm Closing Assembly TBD 
4:15pm – 5:00pm University Business Time 

Overnight Housing

Overnight housing is available on campus for Cowboy Camp sessions. Students with home addresses outside of Calcasieu Parish are prioritized for on-campus housing. Students with home addresses inside of Calcasieu Parish may stay overnight on campus but may opt out if they wish to commute back and forth home. More information concerning overnight housing, room assignments, and items to bring will be provided closer to your registered date for Cowboy Camp.


The following meals are provided to students at Cowboy Camp at no cost.

Day 1: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Breakfast and Lunch

Orientation Fees

Students who register for one of the Cowboy Camp: New Student Orientation sessions are assessed a non-refundable $250 orientation fee that covers expenses associated with the program and advisor support throughout the freshman year. The charge is applied to the student’s tuition and fee bill after a student has attended an orientation session.

More Information

Plan to check this page for more information in the future including:

  • What to bring
  • Attire
  • Rowdy Rider orientation leaders
  • Concurrent Parent Orientation sessions


If you have any questions concerning Cowboy Camp, contact the Office of Student Services at 337-475-5609 or email