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Engage Track for First-Time Freshmen

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(for First-Time Students)

What is the “Engage Track”?:

To fully receive credit for freshman orientation, freshmen are required to attend a designated number of developmental and engagement programs.  These programs have been especially selected for first-time students as a way to connect them to the University and its many resources and opportunities.

Compliance Summary:

To be in compliance, a freshman must attend the Freshman Convocation (mandatory) plus 2 Engage Track programs.  Scroll to the bottom of the page if you are a returning student who did not complete the Engage Track during the 2018-2019 academic year and your orientation grade is an “I” or “U”.

You will need to activate your Engage McNeese account to be tracked.  Log into your MyMcNeese Portal account and click the Engage button for access.


Freshman Convocation: All first-time freshmen are required to attend the Freshman Convocation on Sunday, August 18 at 5:00pm in the H&HP Arena.  Information will be available via email regarding the program.

Engage Track Programs (2): Students must have 2 program credits of the 8 possible.  One program should come from Group A programs (Engagement) and one from Group B programs (Leadership/Character Development).  Programs are balanced between morning and afternoon/evening times to account for varying schedules. Alternative program credit is available (see below).

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Please have your McNeese ID at each program.  It will be scanned to confirm your attendance.

Alternative Program Credit (counts for Group A or Group B):

  • School Spirit Participation = 1 program credit (maximum): A student’s documented participation in one of the following: McNeese Marching Band, student-athlete (not including intramural sports), McNeese Cheerleaders, McNeese Cowgirl Kickers
  • Fraternity/Sorority Life Activity Participation = 1 program credit (maximum): A student’s documented participation in Fraternity/Sorority Life recruitment, rush, or caucus activity.

If the required number of programs is incomplete, you will receive an incomplete grade in orientation.

If you have questions or require any special accommodations, contact the Office of Student Services at 337-475-5609 or email

Log into your Engage McNeese account (Use your MyMcNeese Portal credentials to log in)