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Summer Orientation

2016 Summer Orientation | For freshmen and freshmen with credit

Summer Orientation is your first formal step to becoming a Lees-McRae College Student. All incoming freshmen and freshmen with credit must attend one of the sessions listed below. New freshmen attend one of these sessions in order to take placement tests, meet with an academic advisor, register for classes and meet upper-class peer advisors.

There is a $130 fee for orientation that covers Friday night accommodations, meals and programming. This is a one-time fee that will be charged to the student's account. If you have questions regarding Summer Orientation, please contact your admissions counselor or call the Admissions Office at 828.898.5241.

Since transfer students are typically familiar with registration processes in a college setting, Summer Orientation will NOT be a mandatory requirement for you. Instead, you will make an individual phone or in-person appointment to be advised. We hope this will allow for a more personal advising experience. You will be able to take care of other student processes, such as getting your student ID card, during the first week of class. Stay tuned for more information!

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Important Dates:

Summer Orientation Session I
Friday, June 24 - Saturday, June 25

Summer Orientation Session II
Friday, July 15 - Saturday, July 16

Move-in Day
Friday, August 12

Fall Orientation
Friday, August 12 - Sunday, August 14

First Day of Classes
Monday, August 15

Get an idea of what Elevate: Summer Orientation is all about!

What to Expect at Summer Orientation

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The goal of the Lees-McRae New Student Orientation is to help incoming students prepare academically, socially and mentally for college life at LMC. Please check back soon for a detailed Summer Orientation schedule.

Placement Testing

Placement testing is used at Lees-McRae College to determine students' existing skill levels in English, Reading and Math to ensure that each student is placed in appropriate courses. The test is not pass/fail and High School GPA and other information is also considered in discussion with the student when creating course schedules for the Fall semester. Our aim is to ensure that all students have a successful start to their college studies by enrolling in the classes appropriate to their skills and knowledge.

All students with no college transfer credits take three placement tests at Summer Orientation - English, Reading and Math. Placement tests are completed on the first day of summer orientation during one of three scheduled two-hour sessions. However the test is untimed and students should take as long as they need to complete the test and adjust the rest of their schedule accordingly. Students with college transfer credit will be considered individually and will take only the placement tests for which they do not have existing relevant college credit. Prior knowledge of AP test scores and grades for courses taken as dual enrollment credit at a Community College is helpful in determining what each student needs to take, so please share this information with your admissions specialist prior to Summer Orientation and bring the appropriate documentation with you on the day.

Advising and Registration

On the second day of summer orientation, you will meet with an academic advisor and register for fall classes. You will receive your class schedule before you depart summer orientation and can visit the LMC bookstore to get a jump start on purchasing your books and supplies.

All incoming freshmen take First Year Seminar (FYS) during their first semester. Prior to attending summer orientation, you will select your top three choices of topics for FYS. If you know your intended major, you will include the relevant introductory courses for your major in your Fall schedule. In addition, you may take one or more courses towards meeting the college's Core Curriculum requirements. Dependent on your placement test scores, you may also take courses for elective credit towards graduation which prepare you for courses you will take in the future that require math, reading and writing skills at the college level.

Parking Permit Registration

Students planning to bring a car to campus in the fall will have the opportunity to register vehicles and pick up parking decals. Please bring vehicle identification details (make, model, year, color, tag number) and a valid driver's license.

Student ID Registration

Nothing says you're officially a student quite like a college ID! Students will have their photo taken and receive their LMC student ID during fall orientation.

Student Life

Students will meet fellow incoming and current students as they experience all that LMC has to offer. From learning about clubs and organizations to experiencing campus activities and the residence halls, students will get the full LMC experience!

Career Exploration

Not certain about what you want to study or which career path you'll choose? Students will have the opportunity to participate in career exploration activities as they begin to make future plans.

What to Bring

Students will stay in the residence halls on Friday evening (Parents are welcome to stay at nearby hotels). The following items will help ensure that you have a comfortable and fun stay on campus:

  • Bedding (extra long twin sheets, light blanket, pillow, pillowcase)
  • Change of clothes
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Light jacket or sweatshirt (summer evenings can be cool)
  • Shower Items (towel, flip flops, toiletries)
  • Small fan (optional)

If you have not already submitted your required paperwork, please bring:

Make sure you have also completed the Resident Information Form


We recognize that transitioning your student(s) to college can be a stressful and emotional time for families. During the Lees-McRae New Student Orientation, parents and families will have the opportunity to interact with other parents of incoming students, connect with the LMC Family Association, better understand what your student will be experiencing as a student and how you can support your student's academic and social growth.

Orientation Schedule

Please check back for a special schedule developed just for parents! Topics covered will include Preparing for College Life, Student Life and Development, Academic and Career Resources, Student Health and Wellness, Tuition Payments and Financial Aid and more. Your afternoons and evenings will be free to explore the greater Banner Elk and High Country areas.


An optional breakfast is provided on Saturday morning in MacDonald Dining Hall. Otherwise, lunches and dinners will be on your own as you experience Banner Elk and High Country restaurants.


Your students will be spending Friday night in a residence hall on campus. Families are welcome to stay at one of our local hotels, inns or bed and breakfasts in the area. Click here for area lodging options

Other Resources

The LMC Family Association invites you to visit the online Family Resource Center for helpful information regarding area lodging, retailers, banks, hospitals and more. See Family Association FAQ