Lees-McRae has often been known as the campus in the clouds, and we're not the only ones taking notice! Schools.com recently named Lees-McRae as one of the top ten highest elevation schools in the country in their article "Aim High: 10 high-altitude schools."
We were also in good company. Our neighboring institution Appalachian State University was named in the list, making our two schools the only east coast representatives. Other recipients included University of Colorado, University of New Mexico, and University of Wyoming.
According to www.schools.com, "Students often get a kick out of top schools lists, whether they rank schools for their academic accolades or their party animal potential. One feature rarely considered takes a more literal interpretation of the word "top," as in elevation. Sure, a higher elevation often brings with it great views, snow, and plenty of hiking or rock climbing, but it can also create unique learning opportunities, like sports conditioning research, astronomy research or geological studies. The following colleges, which rank among the most elevated campuses in the country, are shining examples how a little altitude can redefine the college experience."
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