Fundamental to a Lees-McRae education is recognition that learning happens in and outside the classroom. And there is no better way to gain experience than through immersion in the world around us.

1. The College has a tartan recognized by The Scottish Register of Tartans—taking notes from the Lee Family, it features school colors of green and gold, incorporates blue to represent our Presbyterian heritage, black for the local mountains, red dedicated to founder Rev. Edgar Tufts, and white for early teacher Elizabeth McRae.

2. A number of former Bobcat cyclists have competed in the Tour de France. While not a competitor, former president Barry Buxton has completed many of its stages, including the legendary climb of Mont Ventoux.

3. An articulation agreement signed by the College with Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in Saint Kitts and Nevis, guarantees admission interviews for Lees-McRae graduates meeting specific academic criteria.

4. In 2016, cyclist Brent Bookwalter ’06 represented the United States at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil competing in both the time trial and the road race.

Did you know?
Dr. Jenny Weatherford works as the Director of Experiential Learning and International Education. She has an extensive background in international education, including teaching abroad and administering programs. Her work and travels have taken her to more than 30 countries!


 Recent study abroad trips have taken students and faculty to Belize, Haiti, Jamaica, England and New Zealand. Can you name the seas near their destinations?

Study Abroad

Students don’t just study abroad, they work too. Lakeala Frink ’16 completed an internship in Costa Rica at Fundación Rahab, a non-profit group that helps women leave prostitution and integrate back into society with better education, health care, skills training, therapy and child-care services.

Students and faculty have also studied internationally in Costa Rica, Ireland, Czech Republic, Scotland, South Korea and parts of Africa.



In 2019, the Outdoor Recreation Management, English and History programs will offer an interdisciplinary course and study trip to U.S. National Parks in the American West. Most of the 60 national parks are out west—can you name the three national parks closest to Lees-McRae?

Domestic Study

Bobcat student-athletes have worn the green and gold in competition more than 4,600 miles from Banner Elk—men’s volleyball has participated in tournaments in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Students and faculty have also studied domestically in Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, Washington D.C. and along the Eastern coast.



Among our current international population, we have students from the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria and Norway. Can you name the seven other countries that begin with the letter ‘N’?

International Life

A number of our trustees, faculty and staff have worked and lived overseas, and in recent years we’ve welcomed visiting instructors from China, Morocco and Russia to the College.

Lees-McRae alumni live in 30+ countries and on every populated continent.

O SAY CAN YOU SEA? Caribbean Sea (Belize, Haiti, Jamaica), North Sea, (London) and Tasman Sea (New Zealand); CAN I PARK HERE? Great Smoky Mountains (Tenn./Va.), Mammoth Cave (Ky.) and Shenandoah (Va.); WHERE 'N' THE WORLD? Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Niue and North Korea

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