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About Lee University

Lee University is a private, religious school that was founded in 1918. It is moderately difficult to get into Lee University. It enrolls around 5,204 students a year, including 4,670 undergrads.

Lee University does not offer early action and does not offer early decision.

Lee University Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Lee University is 83%. Last year, 2,236 students applied to Lee University and 1,856 were admitted.

Lee University Application Deadlines

Early Admissions at Lee University

Lee University does not offer early decision. Lee University does not offer early action.

2021 Admissions Facts
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 83%
Average GPA 3.7
Mean ACT score 24
Mean SAT score 1095
Tuition $19,800

Visit the Admissions tab above to for more on how to apply to Lee University.

Financial Aid at Lee University

Lee University meets 57% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Lee University full-time are awarded $15,450 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Dorms at Lee University

Lee University offers housing for up to 2,033 students.

Most Lee University students live off campus.

The most popular organizations for Lee University students to join are Student Leadership Council, CRU and Sigma Nu Sigma. Homecoming, Dorm Wars, and and Convocation are the best-attended events on campus.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Lee University.

GPA and Test Scores for Lee University

Lee University is considered moderately difficult to get into, but how hard a school is to get into depends on a lot, including your GPA, test scores, activities, recommendations and essays. Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.7 out of 4.0. The mean composite SAT score is 1095. The mean ACT scores is 24.

Does Lee University Require the ACT or SAT?

Lee University is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 29% submitted the SAT. 83% submitted the ACT.

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Lee University Waitlist

Lee University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

Is Lee University a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a college is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Lee University

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Lee University, around 80% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 756 students who started at Lee University as first-time freshman, 358 graduate within four years.

Around 62% of students who started at Lee University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 57 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $35,386 a year. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $31,660 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Lee University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Lee University a good school for you?

How Big is the Endowment for Lee University?

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $24,863,084. The school spends $6,699 for each full-time student enrolled.

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Where is Lee University Located?

Lee University is located in the small town setting of Cleveland, Tennessee, less than an hour from Chattanooga.

If you want to see Lee University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 75 to Cleveland, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Chattanooga Metropolitan.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Lee University and Cleveland are like without leaving home.

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College Info

PO Box 3450 Cleveland, TN 37320-3450

Campus Setting: Small Town

Lee University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Lee University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Lee University is Continuous processing.

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Lee University ACT Scores


ACT Range

21 - 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Lee University is 24. Students with an ACT score of 27 and above have a good chance of getting into Lee University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 21 and 27 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 21 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Lee University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

980 - 1210


Math SAT Range

470 - 580


Reading SAT Range

500 - 620

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Lee University students is 1095. Applicants with SAT scores of 1210 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Lee University, while applicants with SAT scores between 980 to 1210 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 980 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Lee University.

Lee University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Lee University is like? There are approximately 5,204 students enrolled at Lee University, including 4,670 undergraduate students and 534 graduate students. 74% percent of students attend school full-time, 48% percent are from TN and 52% percent of students are from other states.


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