Our students learn by doing. We foster a love of life-long learning through hands-on exploration, internships and opportunities to practice what you find in books. Imagine taking a biology course in the middle of the Elk River. Learning to deliver a baby using the most advanced simulator available. Training a red-tailed hawk at a one-of-a-kind wildlife rehabilitation center. Firsthand understanding will give you a leg up in the marketplace. Our programs teach you how to navigate the path ahead—we can help you take the first step.

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Your Future Elevated

Financial Assistance

We offer programs you can be passionate about at a price you can afford. With many types of financial assistance—from academic scholarships to generous need-based aid—and with tuition 10 percent less than other private institutions in North Carolina, we’ll help you plan your financial future. 

Cost and financial aid

A college education is an investment for a lifetime and our goal is to ensure affordability. We award $25 million annually in financial aid.

Parents and Families

Whether you are a “first-timer” or an experienced college parent and whether you live near or far, you are a valuable member of the Bobcat family!

You, after all, have raised the outstanding future Bobcats that we are so very proud of! We hope to help you stay connected to your student as you journey with them through their college experience. Click here to find some resources we think may help. Don’t see something you’re looking for? Let us know!

Plan a Visit

The best way to know if Lees-McRae is the perfect fit for you is to visit. From ski slopes to rivers to beautiful mountains views, we invite you to adventure in our surroundings as you experience our close-knit community. 

Visit opportunities

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Our programs teach you how to navigate the path ahead—we can help you take the first step.