Academics

Students across programs travel for an unforgettable spring break trip in Costa Rica, and learn about not only a new country, but also themselves.

April 12, 2019

STTI Nursing Honor Society, housed within the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences, welcomed new members during a recent induction ceremony on March 27

April 05, 2019

From March 7–12, students and faculty from the School of Business and Management cycling studies minor lobbied in Washington, D.C., as part of the National Bike Summit

April 05, 2019

President Lee King and eleven other students, faculty, and staff were welcomed to the national leadership honor society

April 03, 2019

NOSW will kick off another year of programming during the summer session June 9–29, 2019.

April 02, 2019

Give your palate a thrill during the International Spring Fiesta Wednesday, April 3 in the Student Recreation Complex

April 01, 2019

Have a love for the ski industry? Or perhaps outdoor medicine? Starting in fall 2019, the Outdoor Recreation Management program will offer two new minors students can pursue.

March 29, 2019

Take advantage of a full week of workshops, events, and experiences you won’t get anywhere else but in the Appalachian High Country.

March 29, 2019

President Lee King and others will showcase our mountain home during a series of receptions

March 28, 2019

Today's technology can be confusing, but with the help of students from the School of Business and Management, it doesn't have to be.

March 28, 2019

The recent partnership provides members of the FCNI new academic opportunities and resources as well as a home base for the growing international organization

March 25, 2019
Blaine Hansen

The regional accreditation body for the Southeast, SACSCOC recently appointed Hansen to a three-year term on the Commission's Board of Trustees.

March 22, 2019

Lees-McRae named one of just two North Carolina colleges to be ranked among the 50 best bike-friendly colleges in the U.S.

March 20, 2019

Award-winning High Country artist Nicolas Schneider will guest judge the student art show in King-Shivell Gallery Monday, March 25 at 2 p.m.

March 13, 2019

Together, the nursing program and the Lees-McRae Student Nurses Association in sponsorship with the High Country Charitable Foundation will host a panel discussion and screening of Beautiful Boy Wednesday, March 20 starting at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium.

March 11, 2019

During the commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11, president of popular publication Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, Blake DeMaso, will address the class of 2019

March 07, 2019

Graduation on the horizon? Seniors, this career advice is for you.

March 06, 2019

In this most recent Q&A, learn a little more about Climbing Team Coach Carter Smith, his passion for the extreme sport of climbing, and why students should try it, too.

February 27, 2019

The High Country became the spark that would lead novelist Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings to write her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Yearling. Learn about Rawlings’ season in the mountains Thursday, March 7 through the eyes of English professor, Michael Joslin.

February 26, 2019

Some good news for those considering bringing their furry friend to college: Lees-McRae was ranked sixth in the nation's top 25 pet-friendly colleges

February 21, 2019

Students in the Outdoor Recreation Management program take their learning to a new level

February 18, 2019

College community mourns the passing of former Trustee Ed Hood

February 12, 2019

Open to all high school students, the Theatre Arts department will open its doors for a day of auditions and information Feb. 23

February 11, 2019

The Lees-McRae Outdoor Recreation Management program will now offer the NC Environmental Education Certification Program—becoming one of only a few colleges in the state to offer the certification.

February 11, 2019

A telling of underdogs and unsung heroes, Silent Sky is based on a true story about one astronomer’s monumental discoveries gone largely unnoticed.

February 06, 2019

You may recognize the faces that make up the three-member band of Back Porch Anarchy. Experience the old-time mountain band on Wednesday, Feb. 6 in Evans Auditorium.

February 01, 2019

The highly-versatile Makerspace within the Dotti M. Shelton Learning Commons offers campus a new way to create, learn, and gain hands-on experience

January 29, 2019

Of more than 3,000 schools considered across the nation, the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences landed in the top 40 institutions in the state

January 28, 2019

Marking a prestigious academic achievement, nearly half of the college student body were awarded a spot on either list for the fall 2018 semester.

January 08, 2019

Join us as we look back at our favorite memories of the year

December 19, 2018

Together with Richmond Community College, human services program transfer students can seamlessly earn their bachelor’s degree.

December 11, 2018

A one-of-a-kind film experience, the F3T will make its debut on campus Friday, Nov. 30

November 29, 2018

Clinica de Migrantes explores the realities of a free medical clinic in the bustling city of Philadelphia. Faculty from the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences will present the film Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. in Evans Auditorium.

November 06, 2018

Exploring money and moral boundaries, Craigslisted asks the question: How many compromises would you make if you needed cash fast?

November 06, 2018

Open House is packed with tours, sessions and meetings. Conquer your next Open House with this quick breakdown of its most-important elements.

November 02, 2018

Open to the Lees-McRae and High Country communities, faculty in the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences will host a STTI practice conference Nov. 3 with a focus on rural nursing leadership.

October 31, 2018

As you begin your college search, check out these ways to communicate with the college of your dreams.

October 30, 2018

Poets Michele Poulos and Gregory Donovan will present the film A Late Style of Fire: Larry Levis, American Poet and their original work during a two-day celebration Nov. 8 and 9.

October 30, 2018

Oct. 15–19 is CFNC’s Free Application week, so before you submit your free application, read these four quick tips.

October 16, 2018

Experience the historical inauguration of Lee King, 16th President of Lees-McRae

October 11, 2018

During their annual higher education rankings, Affordable Colleges Online ranked the Lees-McRae Online Elementary Education program as one of the best in the U.S.

October 09, 2018

Join Professors Emeriti Allen and Janet Speer as they present stories of the Civil War in a whole new light on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium.

October 08, 2018

Ali O’Leary will present her solo exhibition titled “Dear John” starting with a lecture Thursday, Oct. 4 at 9:30 a.m. in Evans Auditorium.

October 02, 2018

In a moment’s notice, students respond to a training simulation unlike any other

October 02, 2018

Monday, Oct. 1 marks the opening of the annual—and sometimes dreaded—FAFSA, but it doesn’t have to be confusing or scary! Check out these five tips from one of our admission specialists and you’ll be flying through your next application.

October 01, 2018

Check out Our State Magazine’s annual mountain issue featuring Lees-McRae and the Town of Banner Elk.

September 28, 2018

As part of an annual event to thank those who make Lees-McRae scholarships a reality, students, faculty, staff, and those benefactors gather for a night of celebration.

September 21, 2018

Enjoy this fun parody of all the silly—and sometimes bad—horror films. Little Shop of Horrors will be presented in Hayes Auditorium and Broyhill Theatre Oct. 5–7.

September 21, 2018

We debunked some of the most common misconceptions about study abroad programs to help you get ready for an overseas adventure of your own.

September 20, 2018

On Sept. 12, members of the High Country Charitable Foundation donated $53,000 towards the purchase of equipment for the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

September 19, 2018

Michael Zanetti, a 2016 graduate with a major in business administration and minor in cycling studies was recently appointed to the position of lead account executive for Salt Lake City-based bike component brand Rotor America.

September 13, 2018

Spotlighting young, thriving North Carolina business owners and professionals, Business North Carolina magazine selected Jesse Pope '02 as one of the 22 "Trailblazers" under 40 in its September issue.

September 13, 2018

Even for parents, the first few months of college can be exciting and tough. Check out these quick do’s and don’ts for parents with a new college student.

September 07, 2018

With fall quickly approaching, discover how you can explore the High Country in a whole new way during the Stephenson Center for Appalachia Lecture on Sept. 6.

August 30, 2018

During her keynote address, NOSW Founder Jane Stephenson shared her center of the universe and why students should have one, too.

August 28, 2018

King-Shivell Gallery will once again come to life during the annual faculty exhibition starting Aug. 30.

August 28, 2018

Convocation on Thursday, August 23, will feature New Opportunity School for Women Founder, Jane Stephenson, and her speech, “Where is Your Center of the Universe?”

August 22, 2018

College can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming! Check out these six tips you can use right now to make this new adventure a breeze.

August 16, 2018

The College and High Country community will come together to celebrate its 16th president, Dr. Herbert L. King Jr.

August 13, 2018

In this most recent Q & A, learn about the Director of Experiential Learning and International Education and why students should consider studying abroad before graduation.

July 30, 2018
MAT Program

Starting fall 2018, students can now receive their Master of Arts in Teaching.

July 25, 2018

Longtime City of Lenoir police officer, Capt. Brent Phelps '05, has been announced as the next chief of police.

July 19, 2018

In the pursuit of a dream, one rising senior spends her summer among the dolphins.

July 12, 2018

Best Value Schools ranks Lees-McRae second on list of best small U.S. colleges for animal lovers.

June 22, 2018

These three simple tips will help parents and families assist their student through this big life-changing step.

June 21, 2018

The final Summer Lecture Series event will come to a close on June 27 with a talk from President Lee King.

June 21, 2018

Apple Hill Farm owner, Lee Rankin, to give talk titled, Farm Family, during Stephenson Center for Appalachia lecture on June 20

June 14, 2018

Performances by area musician, Rhonda Gouge, on June 13 will kick off an exciting summer season of Stephenson Center for Appalachia lectures.

June 11, 2018

Friday, June 1, marked the first day of King’s leadership as 16th president of the institution.

June 05, 2018

The landmark fundraising effort raised more than $32 million for various projects and initiatives across campus

June 01, 2018

Adding to a long list of accolades, Lees-McRae online learning programs notched a spot on the Best Value School’s annual ranking of “Best Online Colleges in North Carolina."

May 18, 2018

Dr. Claire Cline and Dr. Teresa Darnall tapped to present research at the University of West Indies in Mona, Jamaica, May 24–25.

May 16, 2018

Hosted by Lees-McRae College and the Outdoor Recreation Management program, the event celebrated several notable High Country legends April 19.

May 15, 2018

On Saturday, May 5, the Lees-McRae community and their families welcomed 266 students into the graduating class of 2018.

May 10, 2018

In the hours that led to Commencement 2018, students, faculty and staff gathered across campus to celebrate another year of accomplishments and successes.

May 07, 2018

Lees-McRae beats out Liberty University to take the crown in Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s annual Top Adventure College competition.

May 04, 2018

Join the Lees-McRae community in celebrating another great academic year in the lead up to Commencement 2018.

May 02, 2018

Get to know some of the 2018 graduating class, their favorite memories over the last few years and their plans after Lees-McRae.

April 30, 2018

Seven students and four faculty members embarked on a journey to Haiti during spring break from March 2-11 to deliver supplies, teach clinics and develop real-world skills.

April 25, 2018

On June 1, Dr. Herbert L. King, Jr. will assume the presidency of Lees-McRae. In the spirit of King’s coming leadership as the 16th president, we borrowed 16 questions from the Proust Questionnaire (commonly used by Vanity Fair).

April 20, 2018

Students, faculty and staff gathered Thursday, April 19, in Evans Auditorium to celebrate the recipients of several coveted awards in academics, leadership and service as part of the traditional Honors and Awards event.

April 20, 2018

The commencement ceremony at Lees-McRae College on Saturday, May 5 will feature a familiar face. Current president, Dr. Barry M. Buxton, has been tapped to serve as speaker in recognition of his many efforts and contributions.

April 16, 2018

Three Lees-McRae nursing program students, Krystal Gutierrez, Maria Gonzales-Perez and Katherine Bentley, have been selected to present research during the International Rural Nursing Conference July 23–26, 2018.

April 13, 2018
Green Initiative

The Green Initiative, a student-run, campus-wide recycling and eco-conscious program, has begun distribution of its recycling and compost bins throughout Lees-McRae academic buildings and offices.

April 06, 2018

Join Lees-McRae College in celebrating spring’s return to the mountains during the eighth annual Appalachian Heritage Week April 9-13. Sponsored by the Stephenson Center for Appalachia, the College will highlight coal mining and other unique aspects of mountain heritage throughout the week.

April 03, 2018

Two incoming fall 2018 students, Emily Griffith of Connelly Springs, North Carolina, and Lucas Price, of Hudson, North Carolina, were named beneficiaries of the celebrated, full-tuition Elizabeth McRae Scholarship.

March 26, 2018

Have you ever wanted to explore the local trails, lakes and streams but didn’t have the right gear? Well, now Lees-McRae students, faculty and staff can at no cost.

March 23, 2018

Following a detailed and lengthy submission to the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, junior Wildlife Rehabilitation student, Tariana Nguyen, was recently awarded a $5,000 grant to purchase new equipment for the Dan and Dianne May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center’s surgical suite and classroom.

March 20, 2018
Aram Attarian

Outdoor Legend in residence and newest member to the Outdoor Recreation Management team Aram Attarian has seen it all on the beaten trail. Originally from Southeast Pennsylvania, Attarian arrived in the High Country to receive his master’s degree at Appalachian State University before pursuing his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.

March 19, 2018

What makes Blowing Rock historic and unique? Does the area convey a sense of place? Local professor and historian Trent Margrif will answer these questions in his presentation Blowing Rock: A Sense of Place on Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium as part of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia series.

March 15, 2018

Lees-McRae College and the Outdoor Recreation Management program will host the second annual Outdoor Legends event April 19 from 6–9 p.m. at The Apple Barn in Valle Crucis, North Carolina.

March 08, 2018
New Opportunity School for Women

The New Opportunity School for Women at Lees-McRae College will kick off its 14th year during the summer session June 10–30, 2018. The program’s mission is to improve the educational, financial and personal circumstances of low-income women who live in or hail from the Southern Appalachian region.

March 01, 2018

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) approved three new Lees-McRae programs and included them in the institution's existing accreditation. Effective spring 2018, the three programs are health and wellness science, outdoor recreation management and an online business administration completion program.

February 28, 2018

There is no doubt that adjusting to college life is difficult. With parents farther away and a newfound freedom, guidance can seem hard to find.

February 27, 2018

President-elect Dr. Herbert L. King, Jr. returned to campus last week to meet with several groups on campus as part of his transition before his first day on June 1, 2018.

February 26, 2018

What are the chances that two Lees-McRae alumni would meet on a project caring for a juvenile osprey that was over 2,000 miles from home? Perhaps it is a little higher than you would think.

February 22, 2018

The Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College invites everyone to spend an hour with two distinguished Appalachian poets, Dr. Don Johnson and Dr. Jesse Graves, on Thursday, Feb. 22 at Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center beginning at 7 p.m.

February 15, 2018

Relationships can be difficult to navigate, especially those between parents and children, and even more particularly between fathers and sons. Lees-McRae Theatre Arts presents the story of one such fraught relationship with the musical Big Fish Feb. 22–25.

February 12, 2018

Come out and explore the opportunities here in the High Country during the annual Career and Graduate School Fair Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 1–4 p.m. in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center.

February 08, 2018

College information and ranking resource, Affordable Colleges Online (ACO), awarded Lees-McRae a top spot on three separate lists for 2018. The college received a spot as Best Online College in North Carolina, Best Online Accelerated Nursing Degree in the U.S. and Best Online Registered Nurse Degree in the U.S.

February 07, 2018

In honor of The American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day on February 2, the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences students and faculty will wear red to bring attention to the leading causes of death to women, those being heart disease and stroke.

February 01, 2018

Laura Pell has always had a passion for higher education—both during her time as a student and a teacher. A North Carolina native, Pell received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at nearby Appalachian State University. Between degrees, Pell taught elementary education in the Charlotte area.

January 31, 2018

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Lees-McRae College a $100,000 grant to implement a pilot mobile training program for community paramedicine in Avery, Ashe and Watauga counties.

January 25, 2018

President-elect Dr. Herbert L. King, Jr. addressed a full auditorium of Lees-McRae students, faculty, staff, trustees and community for the first time during the official introduction event Friday afternoon.

January 23, 2018

The Stephenson Center for Appalachia will kick off another year Thursday, Jan. 25 with a performance by popular local musician, Charlie Brown.

January 22, 2018

On January 19, 2018, the Lees-McRae College Board of Trustees elected Dr. Herbert L. King, Jr. as the 16th president in the 118-year history of the institution. King will succeed Dr. Barry M. Buxton on June 1, 2018.

January 19, 2018

The coming spring semester at Lees-McRae will also bring with it a slew of new outdoor-based certification courses students can take both on campus and off.

January 02, 2018