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Welcome First Year Students!

Did you know? 50% of incoming students at Lees-McRae have transfer credit. Lees-McRae accepts AP, IB tests, and coursework from dual-enrollment or early-college programs. For more information, view the current college catalog

Steps to Admission

To be considered for freshmen admission:

  1. Submit completed application
  2. Pay your $35 application fee online, or by check: PO Box 128, Banner Elk, NC 28604
  3. Submit official high school transcript
  4. Submit official SAT or ACT scores (optional, click here to learn more about our test-optional admissions policy)

If there are special circumstances to consider regarding your academic and/or personal background, please submit a brief essay with an explanation. In addition, academic recommendations or an interview may be required.

Once your file is complete, you will be notified of your admission decision within two weeks. Students are automatically reviewed for academic merit scholarships as part of the admission process.

Important Information Regarding SAT Redesign

Effective March 2016, the College Board launched a redesigned SAT. For more information about the redesign—what they've changed, and why it matters—please visit the College Board website.

Applicants for any 2016 term (Fall 2016 and Spring 2017): We will not use scores from the new test.  

Applicants for 2017 or beyond: Applicants should take the new test, but can also submit scores from the pre-2016 version, knowing that Lees-McRae will use scores from either one in a way that ensures equity.  

Frequently Asked Questions

What is new about the test?
The redesigned SAT will have two 800-point sections instead of three.  Math will still be Math, but components of the Critical Reading section and Writing section will be used to create the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score.  Also, the essay portion will now become optional, and will not be a factor in the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section.

What about superscoring?
Superscoring, which refers to combining a student's best Critical Reading score from one sitting of the SAT with her/his best Math score from another, is a practice at Lees-McRae for both admissions and determination of eligibility for academic merit scholarships. It does not include the Writing score, which has not been formally considered at Lees-McRae. We do not plan to superscore between new and old versions of the test because the scores will not be constructed the same way.

What about the essay?
The redesigned SAT makes the essay portion optional, and we will not require it of our applicants.  

How are scores used in the Lees-McRae admissions process, anyway?
While Lees-McRae does have a test-optional policy, all prospective intercollegiate athletes and Honors Program students are required to submit official SAT/ACT test scores.

What about scholarships?
Relating to the superscoring answer above, scores from the two SAT versions will not be mixed in determining eligibility for academic merit scholarships as the old SAT and the new SAT vary in design and content.

After Acceptance

Congratulations, you've been accepted! To reserve your place at Lees-McRae, please provide:

  1. $250 tuition deposit to reserve your place (Deposits are refundable until May 1 for fall admission and until December 1 for spring admission.)
  2. Necessary financial aid paperwork
  3. Proof of Immunization as required by the State of North Carolina
  4. Completed room assignment form

Stay informed about next steps by communicating regularly with your admissions specialist.

Get ready to become a Lees-McRae Bobcat!