Lees-McRae College is a 4-year institution in Banner Elk, North Carolina. Lees-McRae offers 20 majors and 20 minors on its campus, which sits at an elevation of 4,000 ft., making it the highest elevated campus in the eastern US. Providing 11 different housing types, the university is bicycle-friendly and pet-friendly, offering housing units for furry friends and dog parks near campus. Lees-McRae College is also home to the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, John B. Stephenson Center for Appalachia, and The New Opportunity School for Women, which assists low-income women from 30-55.
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Presbyterian Church (USA)
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i love lees-mcrae. it is a beautiful mountain school that makes you feel like you live in a personal snow globe. this school prides itself on a strong community.
Cassandra from Weldon, NC
Lees-McRae is an amazing place to go to school. Because it is a small school its easy to find people who are into the same things as you, and creating opportunities for yourself and others to try new things is always encouraged. I really enjoy school here.
Brandon from Upper Darby, PA
Lees-McRae offers the most variety that I have seen so far at colleges.
Lees-McRae offers more rigorous courses for students who like to be challenged in class.
Lees-McRae is located on a beautiful campus that will inspire many different types of people.
Nancy from Elizabethton, TN
Welcome to the Bobcat Family here at Lees-McRae College, making the decision to further continue one's education here was the correct choice! This mountainous environment and joyous staff and peers invite everyone to take control of their own education and become a scholar. Here at Lees-McRae College one establishes a foundation of skills required for further development, it'll be the best four years of your life!
Thelma from Charlotte, NC
Lees McRae College is a very diverse campus with any and all type of persons attending. The college is small, yet it's heart is large, and it's students and faculty are very involved in helping the school as well as helping the small community it's in. Lees McRae is always expanding to better fit the needs of its students and listens to what its students have to say.