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About Lees Mcrae College

Lees-McRae College is a private, religious school in an rural setting in Banner Elk, North Carolina. Lees Mcrae College was founded in 1900 and now enrolls around 838 students a year, including 836 undergrads.

Lees Mcrae College offers housing for up to 632 students. The majority of students live on-campusand first year-students are required to live in on-campus housing..Each weekend, 0% of students stay on-campus..

Lees Mcrae College's endowment was valued at $27,075,852 in 2021. For each full-time student, Lees Mcrae College spends about $7,017. For each full-time professor, there are about 11 undergraduates enrolled at Lees Mcrae College.

2021 Lees Mcrae College Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 73%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 71%
Tuition $26,490

Lees Mcrae College Regular Decision Deadline 2022

Early Admission at Lees Mcrae College

Lees-McRae College does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

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The deadline to apply early to Lees Mcrae College is on December 15, 2021, which is coming up soon!
Lees Mcrae College admits 71% of students that apply early action.

2021 Acceptance Rate for Lees-McRae College

It is slightly difficult to get into Lees Mcrae College. Lees Mcrae College admitted 73% of all applicants in 2021. In 2021, 1,048 out of 1,430 total applicants were accepted. ### Lees Mcrae College Waitlist 2021

Lees Mcrae College reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Lees-McRae College?

Lees Mcrae College is considered slightly difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Lees Mcrae College, applicants must submit the following items.

Lees Mcrae College Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School Gpa (On 4.0 Scale) 2
Other Requirements TOEFL
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for Lees Mcrae College

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Lees Mcrae College.

Lees Mcrae College Waitlist

Lees Mcrae College reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

Does Lees Mcrae College Require the ACT or SAT?

Lees Mcrae College has a test optional admissions policy. 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, 51% submitted the SAT. 49% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at Lees Mcrae College

Yes! Lees Mcrae College provides on-campus housing for up to 632 students.

Mountain Day, Appalachian Heritage Week, and and Mountain Day of Service are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Lees Mcrae College.

Financial Aid at Lees Mcrae College

Lees Mcrae College meets 70% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Lees Mcrae College full-time are awarded $23,921 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 as soon as you can.. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do..

Is Lees Mcrae College a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

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 Lees Mcrae College

About 68% of students who start at Lees Mcrae College return the next year. Out of the 216 students who started at Lees Mcrae College as first-time freshman, 82 graduate within four years.

Lees Mcrae College's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 44%. 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 rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 67 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

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

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Where is Lees-McRae College Located?

Lees Mcrae College is located in the rural setting of Banner Elk, North Carolina.

If you want to see Lees Mcrae College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Highway 221 to Banner Elk, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Tri-Cities Regional.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Lees Mcrae College and Banner Elk are like without leaving home.

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College Info

PO Box 128 Banner Elk, NC 28604

Campus Setting: Rural

Lees Mcrae College Application Deadline

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Lees Mcrae College is Continuous processing.

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Lees Mcrae College ACT Scores


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Wondering what life at Lees Mcrae College is like? There are approximately 838 students enrolled at Lees Mcrae College, including 836 undergraduate students and 2 graduate students. 94% percent of students attend school full-time, 71% percent are from NC and 29% percent of students are from other states.


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