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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    C-
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    B+
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.
About Lees-McRae College...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Conference Carolinas
Address
191 Main Street
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Website

Lees-McRae College Rankings

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

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
71%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
ACT Range
18-22
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$21,832/ 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
$19,544/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
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
891Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
30
Undergrads Over 25
21%
Pell Grant
43%
Varsity Athletes
31%
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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
Poll
43%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.23 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 8 responses
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  • Friendly
    50%
  • Community
    25%
  • Small
    25%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$33,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
32%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
71%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.7 responses
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Lees-McRae College Reviews

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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!
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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.