Non-Traditional & Transfer Student Orientation

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Non-traditional and transfer orientation is a shortened version of orientation provided for students who may not need the rigorous two-day experience provided at Cowboy Camp sessions. To be eligible for this orientation option, a student must be:

  • Enrolling at the University for the first time in the spring term
  • A first-time freshman who is age 21 or older before the start of their first semester
  • A transfer student coming to McNeese with (non-dual enrollment) credits completed and accepted from a previous institution
  • A current McNeese student needing orientation credit to fulfill degree requirements

Even though it is condensed, this orientation model still provides students with essential information necessary to prepare them for a successful career as McNeese students. Foundational information is provided, and there is an opportunity for expanded knowledge shared in optional extended breakouts.

Register for a Non-Traditional/ Transfer Student Orientation

Orientation sessions last approximately 3-4 hours. There are morning sessions (AM) and evening sessions (PM) available. Students are required to completely attend a session to receive orientation credit.

Summer 2024

NTRD-A (PM): Thursday, June 13 – 4:00pm

NTRD-B (AM): Thursday, July 25 – 9:00am

NTRD-C (PM): Tuesday, August 13 – 4:00pm

Spring 2025

Dates will be announced shortly after the fall 2024 session begins

Tentative Schedule for AM & PM Sessions

Subject to minor changes and adjustments as necessary

Morning (AM) Session

9:00amCheck-In begins and networking activities
9:30amOpening and Welcome
10:00amBreakout Sessions 1
10:40amBreakout Sessions 2
11:20amBreakout Sessions 3
12:00pmLunch and Dean of Student Affairs Presentation
12:30pmStudent Central and Wrap-Up
12:40pm(Optional) Campus Tour
Non-traditional and transfer student orientation (AM) schedule breakdown

Afternoon/Evening (PM) Session

4:00pmCheck-In begins and networking activities
4:30pmOpening and Welcome
5:00pmBreakout Sessions 1
5:40pmBreakout Sessions 2
6:20pmBreakout Sessions 3
7:00pmDean of Student Affairs and Dinner Break
7:30pmStudent Central and Wrap-Up
7:40pm(Optional) Virtual Campus Tour
Non-traditional and transfer student orientation (PM) schedule breakdown

Location & Parking Information

All Non-Traditional and Transfer Orientation sessions will take place at the McNeese SEED Center located at:

4310 Ryan St. Lake Charles, LA 70605

It is location #31 on the campus map.


If you have questions concerning Non-Traditional & Transfer Student Orientation, email or call 337-475-5609.