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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    C-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B+
Lee is an above-average private, Christian university located in Cleveland, Tennessee in the Chattanooga Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,780 undergraduate students. The Lee acceptance rate is 89%. Popular majors include Business, Psychology, and Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries. Graduating 60% of students, Lee alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $28,200.
1120 N Ocoee St
Cleveland, TN 37311
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Gulf South Conference

Lee University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Lee Admissions

Acceptance Rate
89%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
910-1230
ACT Range
21-28
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$16,949/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$13,392/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
98%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
91%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.87 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.106 responses
69%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.106 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
9
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
9
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    3%
  • On Campus
    87%
  • Online
    10%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,780Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,103
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
34%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 66 responses
  • Hipster
    21%
  • Conservative white privilege
    20%
  • Diversity
    20%
  • Student
    17%
  • "Homeschooler"
    5%
  • Unique
    5%
  • White chick
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
89%
Poll
56%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.115 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.141 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 69 responses
  • Christ-centered excellence
    54%
  • Talented
    10%
  • Diverse
    9%
  • Strength based
    9%
  • Caring
    7%
  • Conservative
    6%
  • Fast-paced
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$34,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
60%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
83%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.52 responses
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I am a freshman at Lee and love it! I live in Bowdle OBannon and have gotten to know a lot of guys. The leadership is intentional about making sure we connect. In the Freshman Gateway class we do a lot of things to get to know other freshmen. We have socials and do service projects together. The class teaches us how to "do college." I can say the food is really good at Lee. We have the cafeteria that offers a really good variety of options, we have a Subway, Dunkin Donuts, Chick-fil-a, etc. The chapels are really good and challenge us to follow Christ and live a life pleasing to him. Now, academics. The classes are hard, so get ready to study if you want to succeed. Know that you're going to have to spend plenty of time outside the classroom to make the grades you want.
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Lee University's moto is Christ Centered Excellence and that is exactly what it is. The community is loving, the professors care, and Lee University has your best interest at heart. The love of Jesus is evident in every aspect and the staff wants and loves to see students fulfill their calling. Go Flames!
I graduated from Lee in 2015 and overall had a good experience. I always felt safe on campus and enjoyed most of my classes. The campus is beautiful and I think the faculty really cares about the students. If you're looking for a party school, this isn't it but you'll find a lot of friends and community.

I had to dock several stars though for a couple of things. The "Community Covenant" directly discriminates against LGBT+ folks. If they find out you are LGBT+, even if you're not in a relationship, you're expected to either go to counseling and "pray it away" or you're kicked out. Second, if you get pregnant and you aren't married, you get kicked out - but only if you're the person who's pregnant. The Greek life mentality is horrific. They treat members horribly and everyone who joins one acts like they're better than you. Most aren't even actual, national Greek clubs. They're just knock off versions. So just beware that the school definitely has issues they need to work out.