232 reviews
  1. Banner Elk, NC
  2. 4 Year
C+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    C
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    C-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    A-
Lees-McRae College is ...
Private not-for-profit, Presbyterian
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Conference Carolinas
Address
191 Main Street
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Website

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
62%
SAT Scores Range
Data not available
ACT Scores Range
18-22
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for Lees-McRae College

Cost

Net Price
$21,057/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $16,030/ year
  • $30-48k
    $16,253/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,315/ year
  • $76-110k
    $25,645/ year
  • $110k+
    $28,383/ year

Academics

Professors
C-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.13 responses
80%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.15 responses
67%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.15 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
930Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
22%
Pell Grant
45%
Varsity Athletes
30%
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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
96%
Poll
44%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.18 responses
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43%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.23 responses
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After Lees-McRae College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$34,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
38%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
71%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.7 responses

Lees-McRae College Reviews

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I love Lees-McRae! Like any school, of course there are things that could be improved upon. For example, the residence halls are old and slightly out of date, and campus spirit is generally low. However, what I think speaks volumes for the quality of LMC is that despite the minor inconveniences that go along with campus life, cafeteria food, and fees, life at Lees-McRae is amazing. It is so easy to overlook the struggles that would exist at any campus because the quality of the education and the beauty of life here is incomparable. Every day here is a chance for an adventure and a chance to learn under some of the most interesting, personal, and caring professors imaginable.
It is located in the mountains. People have to make trips down to Boone. The school is too expensive for a private school with such capacity and infrastructure. If I were to rate their food 1 is me being nice. Basically, you do not the value for the amount you are paying. If you're an athlete it might be your kind of school ,because is about 50% athlete dominated. Their parking is the worst, why would anybody want to park 15-30 minutes away from their dorms. There are no INTERESTING gatherings and I even had to start a club of my one for people in general. The professors all have different auras off of them. I suggest they need a mini kitchen in each dorm, so others can cook or even just warm stuff up. A place open to the residents in general. Doing your laundry is another major problem. These are some of the issues my club STM and I have discussed and ways of financing such projects because life at LMC can be a lot more better.
Campus is BEAUTIFUL! The professors are amazing and the academic programs are really well-rounded. There are things that need improvement, like there are at all schools, but over-all it's wonderful.