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Lees-McRae College

Banner Elk, NC 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate59%
Acceptance Rate59%

About Lees Mcrae College

Lees-McRae College Overview

Lees-McRae College is a private, religious school in a rural setting in Banner Elk, North Carolina. Lees Mcrae College was founded in 1900 and enrolls around 873 students a year, including 872 undergrads. Lees Mcrae College offers housing for up to 634 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

Student Involvement at Lees Mcrae College

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Lees Mcrae College's theater groups.

There are no fraternities or sororities at Lees Mcrae College, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? Lees Mcrae College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Lees Mcrae College on the Student Life page.

2022 Lees Mcrae College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 59%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate 72%
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 72%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 41%
Tuition $26,490
Percent of Need Met 62%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $24,744

Is Lees Mcrae College a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" can mean different things for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a clearer look at what Lees Mcrae College offers and if the school might be a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Lees-McRae College

The acceptance rate at Lees Mcrae College is 59%. Last year, 1,777 students applied to Lees Mcrae College and 1,052 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Lees Mcrae College

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 67% of students who start at Lees Mcrae College return for their second year of college. Lees Mcrae Collegehas a six year graduation rate of 40 for undergrads. 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 Outlook Lees Mcrae College Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with Lees Mcrae College directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Lees-McRae College's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Lees Mcrae College's endowment was valued at $33.3 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, Lees Mcrae College spends about $7,740 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Lees Mcrae College

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Lees Mcrae College meets 62% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $24,744 a year.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served 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 don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Lees Mcrae College.

Based on this information, is Lees Mcrae College the school for you? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit 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 would like 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

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 Lees Mcrae College is Continuous processing.

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

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Lees Mcrae College ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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26 and Above


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Lees Mcrae College is 23. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into Lees Mcrae College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Lees Mcrae College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1050 - 1230


Math SAT Range

510 - 590


Reading SAT Range

530 - 650

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1230 and Above


1050 to 1230


1050 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Lees Mcrae College students is 1149. Applicants with SAT scores of 1230 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Lees Mcrae College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1050 to 1230 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1050 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Lees Mcrae College.

Lees Mcrae College Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Lees Mcrae College is like? There are approximately 873 students enrolled at Lees Mcrae College, including 872 undergraduate students and 1 graduate students. 96% percent of students attend school full-time, 68% percent are from NC and 32% percent of students are from other states.


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