In the Mountains, Of the Mountains, For the Mountains
Our campus is beautiful year-round, and our academic programs and students take advantage of this natural laboratory every day.
Lees-McRae is a four-year, coeducational residential college offering diverse baccalaureate degrees, strong athletic programs and outstanding faculty. The College offers online programs and degree-completion opportunities in surrounding communities to nontraditional learners. All academic programs incorporate a broad core curriculum and field-specific career preparation and experiential learning with an emphasis in leadership and service.
Located in the town of Banner Elk nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Lees-McRae College has the highest elevation of any college campus east of the Mississippi. Boasting an invigorating and healthful climate, the Appalachian region is an outdoor enthusiast's dream.
Area attractions include Grandfather Mountain, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Pisgah and Cherokee National Forests, Beech and Sugar Mountain Ski Resorts, the Linville Gorge and Wilson Creek Wilderness Areas, and much more.