Families

Director of Campus Recreation and Outdoor Programs Lizzy Gardner explains why Lees-McRae offers stress-reducing workshops and mindfulness hikes.

November 05, 2019

Vice President for Enrollment Management Kevin Phillips shared his top five tips for anyone applying to the FAFSA this fall

November 05, 2019

With prime leaf viewing here, Gardner provided some tips on how to better enjoy your visit to the High Country and your leaf viewing experience

November 05, 2019

Encouraging colleges across the U.S. to get outdoors, the month-long challenge concluded on Sunday, Oct. 13 with the college earning a spot at the top.

October 28, 2019
Academic Preview Days

Discover why our students call this place home at an Academic Preview Day hosted by each of our four schools.

October 22, 2019

Here's everything you need to know for tailgating at Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 5

September 24, 2019

On Sept. 13, juniors from the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences nursing program received their white coats and pins during the annual ceremony.

September 20, 2019
U.S. News and World Report Ranking

Among those colleges in the Southeast, Lees-McRae landed on a list of institutions working hardest to assist economically disadvantaged students earn their degree.

September 19, 2019

A fun new way to pay it forward and show off your school spirit at the same time

September 18, 2019

Just in time for the Halloween season, watch as Theatre Arts brings to life classic movie turned musical, Young Frankenstein.

September 17, 2019

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

September 16, 2019

Help Lees-McRae become the next National Outdoor Champion during the AORE Campus Challenge from Sept. 16–Oct. 13.

September 12, 2019

Parents and families, this weekend is for you. Pack your bags and enjoy an entire weekend in the High Country dedicated to having fun in our mountain home.

September 12, 2019

From familiar faces to new friends, Homecoming brings everyone together to honor the past, rejoice in the present, and dream about the future.

September 09, 2019

Join the college and the Town of Banner Elk for an evening of live music, food, and fun for the whole family starting at 5 p.m. in Tate-Evans Park.

September 06, 2019

The agreement, called the Promise Program, will provide eligible two-year Blue Ridge Community College graduates the opportunity to complete their bachelor degrees with guaranteed admission.

September 05, 2019

Lees-McRae highlighted as one of the top seven colleges to bring your furry companion.

August 26, 2019

In this most recent Q&A, get to know Associate Dean of Students for Residence Life Kelsey Taylor and her passion for making a difference in the lives of students.

August 12, 2019

From laundry to budgeting and everything in between, here is a quick list of the top five adulting skills your student needs to know before college.

August 09, 2019

For the third year in a row, Lees-McRae was named a College of Distinction within the prestigious North Carolina cohort.

August 06, 2019

In this most recent Q&A, learn a little more about Dean of Students Justin Kitts, his time at Lees-McRae, and what he has to say to students.

August 01, 2019

Travel back to 1899 New York City and get to know the scrappy, courageous youngsters of Newsies in the final show of the Lees-McRae Summer Theatre season starting July 30

July 10, 2019

The Office of Student Affairs, with the direction of several new staff, will begin a new initiative to better serve campus.

July 08, 2019

There can be a lot to do before you finally arrive on campus, but this checklist will reassure you knowing you’ve got everything set and ready to go for move-in day.

July 03, 2019

Celebrate the heritage of Banner Elk and the man that changed the course of its history forever during the Lees-McRae Summer Theatre performance of From the Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story starting July 11

June 25, 2019

You’ve knocked out your to do list and pack your bags, but here are some final things to keep in mind once you are here on campus.

June 18, 2019

In this retelling of the biblical story of Jonah, experience the children’s show A Whale of a Tale starting Saturday, July 6.

June 13, 2019

Incoming Fall 2019 student, Kimberly Johnson of Sims, North Carolina, was named the beneficiary of the celebrated, full-tuition Elizabeth McRae Scholarship

June 12, 2019

Travel to the Greek islands with the debut of Mamma Mia! starting June 27 in Hayes Auditorium and Broyhill Theatre

June 04, 2019

Kick off a full summer celebrating the life and legacy of the Rev. Edgar Tufts with a gallery exhibit in Hayes Auditorium and reception in Miller Commons.

May 30, 2019

Orientation isn’t just for new students—it’s also a great time for parents and families to learn more about Lees-McRae! Check out this guide for what you need to know before arriving to campus.

May 30, 2019

Before hitting the road and heading to campus for orientation in June, make sure you check these items off your “to do” list.

May 24, 2019

Experience Commencement as 246 graduates cross the stage and begin a new adventure in their lives

May 16, 2019

Preceding the highly-anticipated Commencement ceremony, the Baccalaureate Service is an evening of scripture, words of wisdom from faculty and staff, as well as a traditional hooding ceremony.

May 13, 2019

Join the Lees-McRae community in celebrating another great academic year in the lead up to Commencement 2019.

May 07, 2019

Experience a summer of unforgettable musicals with Lees-McRae Summer Theatre starting June 27

April 17, 2019

As one, the college completed more than 1,200 volunteer hours across more than 35 service locations in both Avery and Watauga counties.

April 15, 2019

Students Veronica Laughton and Brendan Bengtson together with Outdoor Recreation Management instructor and League of American Bicyclists certified instructor Deana Acklin will teach community children essential bicycle skills needed for the future.

April 12, 2019

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

March 28, 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

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

After taking historic gold last year in Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s “Top Adventure College” tournament, Lees-McRae will fight once again to reign supreme

February 22, 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

Get your skis and snowboards ready for the annual Ski Beech Weekend co-hosted by Beech Mountain Resort and the Alumni Association March 1–3.

February 15, 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

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

December 19, 2018

Holiday spirit was in the air Monday, Dec. 3 as students, faculty, staff, community members, and their families gathered on campus for a night of games, singing, and a telling of the Christmas story.

December 05, 2018

In a night of music, scripture, and fun, join Lees-McRae as we celebrate the start of the holiday season.

November 27, 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

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

October 30, 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

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
Homecoming court 2017

With Homecoming 2018 on the horizon, check out everything that’s happening on campus both for Homecoming weekend and in the days leading up to it.

September 06, 2018

Together as one, the college and the Town of Banner Elk will celebrate their connections with the Founder’s Day Ceremony and Family Picnic and Concert on Oct. 4

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

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

Experience Washington Heights, New York, through energetic performances and Latin rhythm in Lees-McRae Summer Theatre’s performance of In The Heights.

July 20, 2018

Now in its third year, the Mile High Fourth of July celebration June 29-July 4 will boast plenty to do both on campus and off.

June 29, 2018

Take a musical journey that defined a generation with Lees-McRae Summer Theatre beginning July 13.

June 27, 2018

Escape to campus this summer for four days of fun with alumni, family, and friends during Frolic 2018.

June 25, 2018

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

June 21, 2018
Hannah Finkelstein

Get to know the new Director of Campus Life and Student Engagement with this quick Q and A.

June 18, 2018

Hayes Auditorium and Broyhill Theatre will come to life with the debut of The Wiz on June 24

June 15, 2018

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

June 05, 2018

Looking for something to do this summer? The 2018 Summer Theatre season kicks off June 24.

May 30, 2018

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

May 10, 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

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

This year marks Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s sixth “Top Adventure College” tournament and Lees-McRae is in the running.

March 26, 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

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

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