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.

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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 2024 Sessions

Pre-registration is required for Cowboy Camp. Students who attend Cowboy Camp Sessions may stay overnight on campus. Students with addresses outside of Calcasieu Parish are prioritized. Limited registration spots are available for each session.

Registration will open during the spring 2024 semester: When registration opens, please click the blue button below for the session you wish to attend. You will need the same username and password used to create your account when you applied for admission to McNeese. If you have issues with your registration or account, please call the Admissions Office at 337-475-5504.


Tentative Cowboy Camp Schedule

Day 1 

Time Activity Location 
10:30am – 12:15pm  Check-In for Orientation and Housing
Optional Lunch (Rowdy’s)
Recreation Complex – Ward Arena 
12:30pm – 1:15pm Opening Assembly w/ Parents Tritico Theater 
1:30pm – 2:15pm Small Group Sessions Designated Locations 
2:30pm – 3:00pm Group Campus ToursGuided by Rowdy Riders
3:15pm – 4:00pm Breakout Sessions 1Designated Locations 
4:15pm – 5:00pmAcademic Breakout SessionsDesignated Locations
5:00pm – 5:45pm Flex Time Rec Complex/ Student Union 
5:45pm – 6:15pm First Dinner Rowdy’s Dining Hall 
6:30pm – 7:00pm Second Dinner Rowdy’s Dining Hall 
7:15pm – 7:35pm“19:39 at the Clock Tower” TraditionQuad
7:35pm – 9:00pm Evening Engagement ActivitiesQuad, Recreation Complex, Student Union 

Day 2 

Time Activity Location 
7:45am – 8:15am Breakfast Rowdy’s Dining Hall 
8:30am – 9:45am Morning Assembly Tritico Theater 
10:00am – 10:30am  Small Group Sessions Designated Locations 
10:45am – 11:30am Breakout Sessions 2 Designated Locations 
11:45am – 12:30pm Breakout Sessions 3 Designated Locations 
12:45pm – 2:00pm Lunch and Midday Engagement Activities Recreation Complex 
2:00pm – 2:45pm Flex Time & Group Competitions (Campus Housing Checkout) Designated Locations 
3:00pm – 4:00pm Closing Assembly Tritico Theater
4:00pm – 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

Parent Orientation

An optional parent orientation will be held on the second day of each Cowboy Camp. Parents wanting to attend need to confirm their student indicated on their registration for Cowboy Camp! 

For more information and the event schedule please visit the Parent Orientation page.