Lee University

2014 Quick Stats
PO Box 3450

Cleveland, TN 37320

Phone: (423) 614-8000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Sep. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#51 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Lee University is a private institution that was founded in 1918. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,565, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 120 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Lee University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 51. Its tuition and fees are $13,750 (2013-14).

Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Lee University is a private institution in Cleveland, Tenn. Students at Lee University can choose from a few master’s programs and many undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, education, music, religion, and professional studies. Lee University is a Christian school, and all students must build their curriculum on a core of religion classes. This required core of classes adds up to 18 credit hours, which means each Lee graduate receives a minor in religion.

Students can get involved on campus by participating in more than 60 clubs, pledging with Greek organizations, and helping the community through the Student Leadership Council (SLC). Student athletes can play at the recreational level or for the Lee University Flames, which compete in the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Southern States Athletic Conference. Notable Lee University alumni include record producer Nathan Chapman, who works with singers such as Taylor Swift, and Raymond Culpepper, a pastor who serves as the general overseer of the Church of God.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Lee University is a private, comprehensive university located in Cleveland, Tennessee, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Lee is emerging as a leader in higher education in the southeastern region. The university's growing reputation as a quality institution can be seen in the high caliber of faculty, students, and friends who are drawn to the campus. This marks the 27th straight year of increased enrollment under the leadership of president, Dr. Paul Conn. Over the past two decades, Lee has become one of the largest Christ-centered private institutions in Tennessee and the largest in the Appalachian College Association. During that period, the university has undergone a remarkable transformation that has included significant growth in academic programs, student enrollment, faculty expertise and diversity, as well as an expanded sense of mission and vision. Lee's enrollment has more than quadrupled from 1,214 students in 1986 to 4,954 students in fall 2012. This places Lee as the 5th largest in undergraduate enrollment among the member institutions of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (www.cccu.org). During that same period, average ACT scores of entering freshmen has increased to 24, and faculty has grown and diversified in order to offer a rapidly expanding slate of academic programs. Since 1986, Lee has added twenty-four buildings necessary to serve the students.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1918
Religious affiliation Pentecostal
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $11,994,470


When applying to Lee University, it's important to note the application deadline is September 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Lee University is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 89.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 89.1%
Application deadline September 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Lee University is 18:1, and the school has 50.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Lee University include: Education; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Psychology; and Theology and Religious Vocations. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 72 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate 33%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Education 19%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 14%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 12%
Psychology 12%
Theology and Religious Vocations 12%

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Student Life

Lee University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,565, with a gender distribution of 43.4 percent male students and 56.6 percent female students. At this school, 48 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 52 percent of students live off campus. Lee University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,954
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Lee University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Lee University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Lee University, 85 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Lee University.

Students who have cars on campus 85%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Lee University, 70.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,020.

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Tuition and fees $13,750 (2013-14)
Room and board $6,802 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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