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Lees-McRae College

Banner Elk, NC 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate62%

Lees Mcrae College Admissions

The acceptance rate at Lees-McRae College is 62%. Last year, 1,711 students applied to Lees-McRae College and 1,062 were admitted.

If you are applying to Lees-McRae College, the application fee costs $25.

Lees-McRae College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Lees-McRae College's admissions stats.

Lees-McRae College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Mean SAT Score 1107
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 9%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 17%
Waitlist No

Lees-McRae College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Lees-McRae College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes December 15 January 15

Considering Applying Early to Lees-McRae College?

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

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is December 15. Lees-McRae College will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

Lees-McRae College accepts approximately 7% of early action applicants and 62% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Lees-McRae College admitted 613 of the 873 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to college in hopes that it will increase their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of admission, since it is a way to show your interest in a school.

➡️ Find a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Lees-McRae College Admissions

Transferring to Lees-McRae College

For more information on transferring to Lees-McRae College, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to Lees-McRae College

Lees-McRae College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Lees-McRae College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Lees-McRae College

What does Lees-McRae College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Application Essay Important
Interview Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Lees-McRae College for more information on admission factors.

Lees-McRae College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Lees-McRae College, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Lees-McRae College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements TOEFL
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Lees-McRae College?

Students admitted to Lees-McRae College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6. Lees-McRae College considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Lees-McRae College is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 9% of Lees-McRae College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 17% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Lees-McRae College?

To be competitive with other Lees-McRae College applicants, you should aim to earn between 1040 and 1170 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Lees-McRae College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1170 and 25% of scored lower than 1040, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Lees-McRae College student is 1107.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Lees-McRae College students scored 538 or higher and 75% of students scored 508 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Lees-McRae College students scored 610 or higher, and 75% scored a 508 or higher.

To be most competitive at Lees-McRae College, you should strive to earn between 20 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Lees-McRae College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 25, and three out of four students scored lower than 25 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Lees-McRae College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

More Information on Transferring to Lees-McRae College

Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Lees-McRae College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Lees-McRae College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Lees-McRae College?

❌ Students who are admitted to Lees-McRae College must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Lees-McRae College accept transfer credits?

✅ Lees-McRae College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Lees-McRae College accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Lees-McRae College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Lees-McRae College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Lees-McRae College?

❌ No, Lees-McRae College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Lees-McRae College's acceptance rate?

✅ Lees-McRae College's acceptance rate is 62%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Lees-McRae College?

❌ Lees-McRae College does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Lees-McRae College?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Lees-McRae College was 7% in 2021.

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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 transfer applications to Lees Mcrae College is Continuous processing.

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Lees Mcrae College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1040 - 1170


Math SAT Range

513 - 538


Reading SAT Range

508 - 610

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1170 and Above


1040 to 1170


1040 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Lees Mcrae College students is 1107. Applicants with SAT scores of 1170 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Lees Mcrae College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1040 to 1170 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1040 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Lees Mcrae College.

Lees Mcrae College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Lees Mcrae College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.61. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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