Facts and Recognitions

We are proud of our accomplishments. Our achievements have been made possible only by the teamwork and passion put forth by our students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community. We possess the indomitable drive to fulfill even our wildest dreams. Therefore, we believe that in order for us to attain new and exciting goals, we must look to where we are now and set new targets so we may climb higher in the future.

Founded in 1900

by Rev. Edgar Tufts

Celebrating 120 years in 2020

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4,000 ft. Elevation

Highest elevated campus east of the Mississippi River

An adventure-lover's paradise with four distinct seasons

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26 Majors

21 Minors

Undergraduate, online/distance, and graduate programs offered

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23 Athletic Teams

Competitive Club Sports

Conference Carolinas
NCAA Division II
USA Cycling Division I

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853 Students

From 20 States and 19 Countries

628 main campus and 225 online/distance students

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13:1 Ratio

Students to Faculty

Receive individualized attention in classes

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85% Career Outcome

Alumni working or continuing education after graduation

Assistance offered by Career Services to prepare for the next step

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What Others Are Saying

Top performer on social mobility

Lees-McRae was recently ranked among a 2020 list of top colleges and universities in the Southeast for their efforts in increasing social mobility by U.S. News and World Report.

College of Distinction

Defined for its “upward trajectory,” Lees-McRae was named a College of Distinction both nationally and within the prestigious North Carolina cohort.

Top Adventure College

Lees-McRae took historic gold in Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s 2018 Top Adventure College competition becoming the first “small school” to win the overall title.

Silver Bicycle Friendly University

The League of American Bicyclists recognized Lees-McRae with a Silver Bicycle Friendly University (BFUSM) award, joining more than 150 visionary colleges and universities from across the country.

Top Online Programs in North Carolina

During their annual ranking of online programs, EDsmart ranked online programs at Lees-McRae as one of the top ten in North Carolina.

#2 Best Small College for Animal Lovers

Among the select few chosen to the list, Lees-McRae ranked No. 2 on Best Value Schools' recent list of “15 Best Small Colleges for Animal Lovers.”