Our students learn by doing. We foster a love of life-long learning through hands-on exploration, internships and opportunities to practice what you find in books. Imagine taking a biology course in the middle of the Elk River. Learning to deliver a baby using the most advanced simulator available. Training a red-tailed hawk at a one-of-a-kind wildlife rehabilitation center. Firsthand understanding will give you a leg up in the marketplace. Our programs teach you how to navigate the path ahead—we can help you take the first step.
Start your journey.
We offer programs you can be passionate about at a price you can afford. With many types of financial assistance—from academic scholarships to generous need-based aid—and with tuition 10 percent less than other private institutions in North Carolina, we’ll help you plan your financial future.
"Come see what's out here."
The Office of Admissions presents Bobcat Stories.
Quinn longed to race in collegiate mountain biking. He soon learned about the Lees-McRae cycling team and knew he had to visit.
He made the journey from Texas to visit, and quickly realized his love for the unique location and the school’s diverse and strong sense of community.
Banner Elk was the place for Quinn.
We all worry about cost. Our groundbreaking tuition guarantee program is designed to ensure affordability while helping you plan your school expenses.
Plan a Visit
The best way to know if Lees-McRae is the perfect fit for you is to visit. From ski slopes to rivers to beautiful mountains views, we invite you to adventure in our surroundings as you experience our close-knit community.