You've been accepted to Lees-McRae!

We can't wait to welcome you to the Bobcat family and support you in this new adventure in your life. What's next, you ask? Read on to see what your final steps are to become an official Lees-McRae student.

First things first: Secure your spot

Pay your enrollment commitment fee (deposit) to claim your place in the incoming class—and your scholarships! This $300 fee is non-refundable and non-transferable to another semester. It covers all new student engagement including orientation, academic advising, course registration, Welcome Week activities, and retention services. 

Each year, the national enrollment commitment deadline for incoming first-year students is May 1. However, this year there were significant delays in the overall processing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. These delays were announced earlier this year by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, Lees-McRae College had extended our deadline to June 1.

For any students who are still waiting on financial aid information or who are still deciding on which college to attend, Lees-McRae has now offered an extension of our enrollment deadline to August 1. Transfer students to any of our main campus programs will also have an extended deadline of August 1 to pay the enrollment commitment fee. Please note that students who have decided to attend Lees-McRae should pay the $300 enrollment commitment fee as soon as they have decided to attend.

Once you submit your enrollment commitment fee, you will be able to register for your fall semester courses, fill out housing paperwork if you are living on campus, and complete course assessments and surveys that are necessary for enrollment this fall. New students are required to attend one of our upcoming Summer Orientation sessions, either June 21–23 or July 12–14. For more information about orientation, please visit You cannot sign up for an orientation date until you have paid your enrollment commitment fee. Transfer students may attend orientation, but it is not mandatory for them to do so.

Please do not pay your enrollment commitment fee until you have decided that you will be attending Lees-McRae this fall. We look forward to seeing you on campus in Banner Elk!

Pay Deposit

File your FAFSA

If you have not already done so, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This ensures that you are considered for federal, state, and institutional aid. Lees-McRae College should be listed on your FAFSA with our school code of 002939. 

Complete FAFSA

Attend Bobcat Day

Want a taste of what being a Bobcat is all about? Join us on Bobcat Day and interact with future professors, engage in fun campus activities, and meet with current students all while being welcomed into the Bobcat family!

Register now

Connect with your classmates

Be sure to join the Incoming Bobcats Group on GroupMe. This closed group is for you to get to know fellow Bobcats, keep up with what's going on, and ask YOUR questions!

A personal invitation will be sent to you after your acceptance.

Don't forget to celebrate!

Join in the fun and post a picture with your acceptance packet on social media using #themountainscalled.

Follow @leesmcraecollege on Instagram to get a feel for campus life before you arrive. 

Next Steps

Once you have paid your enrollment commitment fee, check your email for a link to the New Student Portal. You will have access to final enrollment forms, housing information, advising and orientation information, and more! In May, your Lees-McRae email credentials will be sent to your personal email. Also, don't forget to mark your calendar for Summer Orientation! Session dates and additional information can be found here

Have questions? Contact Tyler Dellavechia, assistant director of admissions and new student engagement, with any questions as you navigate the next steps.