Visit Our Campus

As a college-bound student, you have a tremendous decision ahead of you: choosing the "right" college.

As the highest elevated campus on the east coast, you’ll enjoy crisp mountain air, beautiful views and a community like none other. We invite you to explore the town of Banner Elk, hit the slopes or raft one of our many rivers during your campus visit. 

Where are we located?

Lees-McRae College, located in the village of Banner Elk, North Carolina, has the highest elevation of any college campus east of the Mississippi. Situated 4,000 feet above sea level in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the college has an invigorating and healthful climate.

Lees-McRae is best reached from Boone, North Carolina, by Highway N.C. 105 S to Route 184 (Tynecastle Hwy) which leads to Banner Elk. When you reach the stoplight in Banner Elk, turn left and after a few hundred yards you will find our admissions parking lot on your left near the flag poles.

The College is best reached from Johnson City, Tennessee, by highway U.S. 19E to Elk Park and Route 194 to Banner Elk. After you enter the town limits, our admissions parking lot will be on your right after the flag poles.

Banner Elk is the home of the world famous Woolly Worm Festival. The Blue Ridge Parkway is near the College, as are Blowing Rock, Linville Falls and Linville Caverns, Roan Mountain, which is known for its Rhododendron Festival, and Wiseman's View, from which may be seen the famed Brown Mountain Lights. The Appalachian Trail passes a few miles from Banner Elk.

Address:
191 Main Street W.
Banner Elk, NC 28604

Daily Tours

In a typical visit, a prospective student and his or her family will have the opportunity to meet with their admissions counselor and walk through many of the classroom and residence buildings on campus. The visit will last approximately an hour and a half. We are also happy to make arrangements for prospective students to attend a class or a meet with additional members of the faculty and staff.

Our Admissions Office is operating on summer tour hours through September 9, with campus tours available Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. by appointment only. Saturday tours will be available beginning September 9. When your appointment is confirmed, you will receive a personal call or email from a staff member.

Please note that tours are not available September 4, November 22-24 and December 22-January 2.

Choose your tour time using the calendar below. Click through to the event and then click the Register Now link. You will be directed to create an account and finish the tour registration process.

Open House

The Lees-McRae Admissions Office would like to invite you and your family to participate in one of our Open House events. This special day will give you the opportunity to meet students and faculty, tour our campus facilities, have lunch with us in MacDonald Dining Hall and learn about the excellent educational opportunities available at Lees-McRae College.

Upcoming Open Houses:
Saturday, July 29 | REGISTER
Saturday, September 23 | REGISTER
Saturday, November 18 | REGISTER

 
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