Lees-McRae is a private, Christian college located in Banner Elk, North Carolina. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 891 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Lees-McRae acceptance rate is 71%. Popular majors include Nursing, Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration, and Elementary Education. Graduating 32% of students, Lees-McRae alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $29,600.
NCAA Division II (without football)
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.13 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.15 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.15 responses
Most Popular Majors
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration54 Graduates
Elementary Education38 Graduates
Zoology and Entomology33 Graduates
Sport and Fitness Management18 Graduates
Human Services17 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.18 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.23 responses
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.7 responses
Lees-McRae College Reviews
Lees McRae College has really become my second home. I play soccer for the women’s team and I am involved in many clubs including Student Government, Dean’s Council, Career Ambassadors, Order of the Tower, and I am an Orientation Leader. I do very well in my classes and I love the small classroom environment! I do feel as though there are some things that could be amended at the school but that is the same with any institution really. Nothing is perfect. A great school over all. I love it with all my heart!
I think the school is excellent! So friendly and welcoming. The campus is easy to get around and not get lost. You're close enough away from Boone if you want to be, but if you're going to go into town its a quick 35-minute drive. Since Lees McRae is such a small school, it is easy for you to get to know your professors and to connect to others. The school isn't "clicky" and has such a warm atmosphere (despite the cold weather in the winter). The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains is a reason in itself to come to Lees McRae.
Go somewhere less expensive lol. The view is nice if you drive to the top of Beech but at the actual college, you just get bored of it. You can't have a pet until you've been here for two semesters. The courses are more difficult than public colleges/universities since they are at a private college. There's nothing to in banner elk, everyone drives 30+ minutes if they want to go into town. The dorms are kind of run down and they keep them insanely hot in the winter so we have to keep the windows open (good way to catch a cold). Not to mention the black bears. Many people have to park far from their dorms and take a hike just to get to their car. And the cafeteria food is so gross that you'll end up wasting all your money eating out. There is a friendly, homely atmosphere to the college and you'll find a few hobbies/ clubs though. Since the campus is small, you never walk more than 5 minutes to get to class. But, save your money and go someplace with a higher grad rate.