Online programming at Lees-McRae College receives nationwide praise

The online programs at Lees-McRae have recently been the focus of much commendation. While the online programs overall ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s top 150 online colleges in the country, the college’s individual programs have received recognition as well.

According to CollegeFactual, a website which helps students find the best college for them, the college’s online Nursing program ranked at number 20 in North Carolina on their Best Schools for Nursing list, and landed in the top 300 on the website’s Most Focused Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Nursing list in the U.S.

The college’s online Human Services program also received praise from CollegeFactual. The program was ranked 107 on the website’s Best Schools for Human Services list, placing them at number three in the state. The program also ranked within the top 25 institutions for Most Focused Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Human Services, and Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Online Human Services Schools.

“Every student pursuing a degree in Human Services needs to check out Lees-McRae College,” CollegeFactual reports. “Students who appreciate the tranquility of nature may appreciate the rural location of Banner Elk, North Carolina.”

The college’s Online Elementary Education program shone as well, receiving recognition from college ranking websites OnlineU and

OnlineU ranked Lees-McRae at number nine for most affordable Online Elementary Education degrees in the country. Affordability is a priority for all the college’s online programs, and this ranking reflects the college’s desire to make a high-quality education accessible to everyone. named the Online Elementary Education program at Lees-McRae as one of its 50 Favorite Online Bachelor’s in Education Teacher Certificate Programs. The website cited flexible attendance options, low-cost living arrangements, and a wider selection of programs to choose from as some of the criteria that contributed to their ranking.

“Recognized as one of the nation’s top online elementary education bachelor’s degrees by Online Schools Report, Lees-McRae College’s BS in Elementary Education is where successful elementary school teachers are born,” reports. “There’s no better indicator of a program’s quality than the success of its students, and at Lees-McRae, student success is clear: The Teacher Education program has always maintained a 98-100% graduation rate.”

To learn more about the online education opportunities available at Lees-McRae, and see why our programs consistently receive nationwide praise, visit the Lees-McRae Online program page.

By Maya JarrellFebruary 28, 2022