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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).

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Applicants to Lees-McRae College are evaluated based on three main areas: high school curriculum, high school completion, and SAT scores. The Lees-McRae College requirements demand a moderately rigorous high school curriculum, including successful completion of standard sequences of English, math, science, and history courses. Either a high school diploma or proof of a GED must be submitted for admission. In addition, all prospective students must sit for the SAT exam and have their scores forwarded to the Lees-McRae College admission office.

Financial Aid

In order to receive priority consideration for grants, scholarships, and other forms of financial aid, prospective Lees-McRae College students are advised to submit their FAFSA and other materials prior to mid-March. The school offers a significant array of financial aid and financing options, and a remarkable 90% of the student body at Lees-McRae College receives some form of financial assistance. Loans, state and federal grants, merit- and need-based scholarships, and work-study positions are reported to be the most frequently disbursed forms of financial aid on the Lees-McRae College campus.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3085th for the average student loan amount.
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In many respects, Lees-McRae College hews closely to the traditional idea of campus life, with large proportions of the student body living on campus in residence halls and participating actively in campus-centered events, groups, and activities. Freshmen are required to live on campus, and many upperclassmen choose to carry on this tradition. Although the student body is now evenly split between male and female students, Lees-McRae College offers many of the activities and sports that have long been associated with all-female schools. Popular clubs and organizations include Amnesty International, Backpacking Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Social Dance Club, Students Against a Vanishing Environment (SAVE), and Students of All Races (SOAR).

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Athletics are an important component of campus life at Lees-McRae College, where the Bobcats field men’s and women’s teams in a variety of varsity sports, including basketball, volleyball, soccer, lacrosse, swimming, cycling, and track. Most of the school’s teams participate in the NCAA’s Division II. Intramurals are also an important part of campus life at Lees-McRae College, with regular matches held in traditional sports, as well as more novel activities such as Ultimate Frisbee and billiards.

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Ranks 86th in North Carolina and 2517th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4 0.45
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 4 0.45

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 5 0.48
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 1 0.10
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 11 1.06
Larceny 23 2.21
Vehicle theft N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Banner Elk, NC 28604
Surrounding communityDistant rural area (between 5 to 25 mi. away from an urban area)
Total Population5,466 (N/A urban / 5,466 rural)
Households2,207 (2.25 people per house)
Median Household Income$34,590
Families1,411 (2.76 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, no graduate coexistence
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingVery small four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationPresbyterian Church (USA)
Congressional District3711

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 678th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $23,450 $23,450 $23,450
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $700 $700 $700
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $650 $650 $650
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $39,250 $39,250 $39,250
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $41,480 $41,480 $41,480
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $31,980 $31,980 $31,980

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $22,564 $23,950 $22,564 $23,950 $22,564 $23,950
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,000 $8,500
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,554 $3,910
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,500(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,554 $3,910
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,554 $3,910

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,751 (691 male / 1,060 female)
Admitted 1,164 (465 male / 699 female)
Admission rate 66%
First-time Enrollment 226 (110 male / 116 female)
FT Enrollment 226 (110 male / 116 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment890

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity705
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$4,750
Board Fee$4,500

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 4371st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $40,503 ($40,763 male / $40,007 female)
Number of FT Faculty 45 (24 male / 21 female)
Number of PT Faculty 91
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $392,029

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