Counselor and Educator Information

Welcome school counselors and educators—this is for you! We know your time is valuable, so we want to make this easy for you. The links below will help your students navigate their journey to becoming a Bobcat.

Submitting Transcripts and Test Scores

Before our admission team can review a student’s application, we must receive his or her high school transcripts and test scores. They may be mailed to the following: PO Box 128, Banner Elk, NC 28604. If you have any questions, please contact us at 828.898.5241 or


High School Requirements

Applicants must have at least 18 high school units, including:

  •  four units of English
  •  three units of mathematics (including Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II or its equivalent)
  • two units of science (including Biology with a lab experience)
  • one unit of history (U.S. History preferred)

Graduation from an accredited high school, home school, or a GED is required. A certificate of high school graduation must be submitted; a certificate of attendance is not considered acceptable for admission. A minimum weighted high school GPA of 2.0 is required for admission.


Test-optional Policy

Lees-McRae approaches admissions holistically, taking into consideration many factors when reviewing applicants. Students are required to submit official transcripts and engage with admission specialists throughout the enrollment process. ACT/SAT scores are not required for students who feel that these exams do not adequately represent their academic abilities. Personal interviews are recommended and can be conducted in person, by phone, or via Skype.

In addition to submitting an application and official high school transcript, the student must submit the following academic documents:

  • An academic recommendation letter from an English, science, or math teacher
  • A photocopy of a graded academic writing assignment from an English or history class. This could be a paper or one page of open-ended questions answered. 

NOTE: Prospective intercollegiate athletes and Honors Program students are required to submit ACT/SAT scores. 

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