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Study abroad at McNeese State University

McNeese State University (McNeese) is a respected public university in Lake Charles, an American city in the fabulous US state of Louisiana. It attracts talented students from across the United States and the world.

The University has been educating bright minds for over 75 years. McNeese has a reputation for academic excellence, and it’s committed to providing high-value education to empower the leaders of tomorrow.

There’s an extensive range of innovative programs available for international students to study at McNeese. There are undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a range of disciplines, including the sciences, arts, engineering, and finance.

Mcneese is situated on a thriving and beautiful campus. International students have access to a range of excellent facilities like a bookstore, career development center, library, computer labs, and wellness initiatives.

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Why study at McNeese State University?

  • Global environment

    The atmosphere on campus is very multicultural

  • Knowledgable staff

    Receive support from leading academics

  • Great scholarships

    McNeese offers fantastic financial aid packages

  • Top location

    The US is the world’s most popular study destination

Life as an international student

The University is a popular choice amongst international students. The campus vibe is wonderfully warm, uplifting, and cosmopolitan. Students enrolled at McNeese hail from all walks of life - the campus is an amazing melting pot.

McNeese’s awesome international office support overseas students from the moment they arrive, to the day they graduate. They’re always available to speak to if you require any help or guidance.

Student life is incredibly vibrant at the University. International students can make friends and connections thanks to the numerous student organizations, events, and activities on offer.

Student reviews for McNeese State University

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  • Nhi Nguyen
    Overall experience 4 stars
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    McNeese State University Accounting
    Tell us about McNeese State University
    McNeese State University has a good quality of facilities. They have a big parking garage to make sure students have enough space to park all the time. Library is currently renovated and expanded. The most important thing about the library is the library has a spacious room with computer labs in there, which is really convenient for students to study in there. Library also opens from early in the morning until the late midnight, so students can access to use both books and computers during the exam weeks. One of the things that I like the most about McNeese is the cafeteria. It has a variety of food choices and snacks for students to grab quickly between classes. About the societies, beside the American students, McNeese has a lot of students from many countries around the world, and the majorities are from Nepal and Nigeria because McNeese offers such good engineering, computer science, business, and nursing degrees. Besides the school, there are a lot of of churches near the university, the closest one is only 5-minute-walking from the school. And also, a lot of student activities are held and combined with the church.
  • Iseoluwa Babarinde
    Overall experience 5 stars
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    McNeese State University Accounting
    Tell us about McNeese State University
    McNeese State University is a well-renowned school in the state of Louisiana. This school provides you with many opportunities academically, socially, sports-wise, and many more. It is a division I school, this means that it is a university that supports the athletic program and it also means that it is a school that offers sports scholarships to athletes, who are willing to focus both in sports and school. I am currently staying on campus and I love it because the distance to the Business Department building is not too far and not too close. Due to the fact that the Business Department Building is the farthest building in the school and it is the building where I take most of my classes, I would not have preferred leaving off-campus. Based on the fact that Lake Charles has had many natural disasters occur in the past two years, the dorms are not in the best shape but every day one or two things are being fixed to put the dorms back in a good shape. The societies McNeese has are numerous, there is a society for anyone and if a student thinks that an organization needs to be created, he or she could start an organization with the proper procedures. I have not seen any transport links in McNeese, however, I wouldn't say there is a need for one because most places are within walking distances.

What McNeese State University says

  • Sharyn McCown

    Sharyn McCown

    McNeese State University Coordinator of International Admissions and Recruiting
    Sharyn McCown says

    Nestled in the heart of Lake Charles in southwest Louisiana, McNeese stands apart for its ability to allow students to engage with unique American cultures. From Cajun food to electric, football-frenzied Saturday nights in Cowboy Stadium, our students don’t just get a world-class education – they get experiences unlike anywhere else.

    Our approximately 7,000 students can choose from more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs offered by the Colleges of Business, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Graduate Studies, Liberal Arts, Nursing and Health Professions, and Science. Popular programs include Engineering, Computer Science, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Nursing, Chemical, and Environmental Sciences, Health and Human Promotion, Biology, Agriculture, Art, and Business, just to name a few.

    With a growing international student population of over 400 students from more than 45 different countries, McNeese is dedicated to serving the needs of its international students and helping them to achieve their educational objectives. Many of our academic programs offer internship opportunities as part of the degree programs.

    Excellence and innovation can be affordable, which is why McNeese offers generous scholarship opportunities to qualified undergraduate and graduate students. Excellence, affordability—and don’t forget the warm, sunny climate all year round—make McNeese a great place to live, learn and succeed!

    With a student-to-faculty ratio of 20:1, we offer a world-class education with a personalized touch. Our College of Business is among only 5% of universities around the world that have been accredited by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.

    Lake Charles’ well-established agricultural and petrochemical industries, and rapidly growing healthcare field, mean that our students often have the ability to get hands-on, practical experience in their chosen discipline, whether that's engineering, nursing, education, or agriculture.

    Plus, southwest Louisiana is a fantastic place to experience one-of-a-kind adventures. Where else would you be able to experience Mardi Gras balls and parades, crawfish boils, working as an intern in alligator research, and exploring the wetlands of the United States Gulf Coast?

    McNeese offers its students multiple resources to ensure their safety, health, and success. The Student Health Center and Counseling Center care for our students' physical and mental wellness, while the Rec Center provides ample space to play racquetball, basketball, lift weights, or go for a swim.

    There are numerous clubs and organizations to join, which allow students from all backgrounds and nationalities to interact and promote cultural diversity and understanding.

    McNeese is proud to offer the best return on investment in engineering, ranking first among all colleges and universities in the United States for career ROI (source: PayScale, Inc.).

    McNeese is also ranked third among all colleges and universities in the state of Louisiana for the best starting average salary for its graduates and for the best college education value (source: SmartAsset). McNeese is proud to offer a world-class, affordable education with a personal touch.

Student life & facilities

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    • No. of Athletics Track
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    • Dance Studio
    • Spin Studio
    • Swimming Pool
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  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Campus Doctor
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Cafe’s
    • Restaurants
  • Library
    • Computer labs
    • Quiet Areas
    • Individual Study Rooms
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    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
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    • Peer & Buddy Program
    • Academic Tutoring & Support
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Undergraduate Student Scholarships and Awards

First Time Freshman - International First Time Freshman Scholarship

  • Requirements: To be considered for this scholarship, students must be fully admitted and meet one of the score ranges below. SAT 1200-1270/ACT 25-26 = USD$500 SAT 1280-1380/ACT 27-29 = USD$1,000 SAT 1390-1600/ACT 30-36 = USD$2,000

International Transfer Scholarship Transfers from US university/colleges and transfers from foreign universities. To be considered for this scholarship, students must qualify with regular admission into the University with at least 12 college level hours.

  • Amount: GPA 3.0-3.49 = USD500 GPA 3.50-4.0 = USD1,000

Graduate Scholarships To be considered for this scholarship, students must qualify with regular admission into the University. Foreign credential evaluation required for all transcripts from non-US institutions.

  • Amount: GPA 3.00-3.24 = USD$500 GPA 3.25-3.49 = USD$1,000 GPA 3.50-3.74 = USD1,5000 GPA 3.75-4.00 = USD2,000

Fee information

  • Undergraduate tuition: USD$11,075 per year
  • Graduate tuition: USD$11,075 per year


McNeese State University

4205 Ryan St, Lake Charles, LA, United States

Overseas students living and studying in Lake Charles have lots to see and do. There are plenty of social venues, shops, food joints, tourist attractions, and green spaces in the city.

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