Lees-McRae College

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PO Box 128

Banner Elk, NC 28604

Phone: (828) 898-5241
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#70 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Regional Colleges (South)

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Lees-McRae College is a private institution that was founded in 1900. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 837, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 460 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Lees-McRae College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (South), 70. Its tuition and fees are $24,150 (2013-14).

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General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1900
Religious affiliation Presbyterian
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $18,781,485


When applying to Lees-McRae College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Lees-McRae College is $35. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 67.5 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 67.5%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Lees-McRae College is 14:1, and the school has 73.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Lees-McRae College include: Education; Health Professions and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 59.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 24%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Education 31%
Health Professions and Related Programs 16%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 11%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 10%
Social Sciences 9%

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Student Life

Lees-McRae College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 837, with a gender distribution of 40.7 percent male students and 59.3 percent female students. At this school, 63 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 37 percent of students live off campus. Lees-McRae College is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 837
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

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

Students who have cars on campus 85%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Lees-McRae College, 75.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,840.

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Tuition and fees $24,150 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,500 (2012-13)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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