A small, private 4-year college associated with the Presbyterian Church, Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina is one of the only American colleges to be named in honor of female professionals.
Initially a small all-girls high school, Lees-McRae gradually made the transition to a 4-year college over the course of its century-long existence.
Today, Lees-McRae College’s academic offerings fall under two colleges, The School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Professional Studies. There are nearly 30 majors and degree programs divided among these two colleges, with popular courses of study including nursing, business, education, wildlife studies, and performing arts. In addition, several of the school’s branches focus on degree completion programs geared to help students who have dropped out or transferred from other universities complete their courses of study and enter the workforce on an expedited track.
Lees-McRae College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCC).