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.

Come see for yourself!

Each year, a limited number of high school and independent counselors are invited to spend at week at Lees-McRae. Tour our beautiful campus—including our innovative May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and classroom at Beech Mountain Resort—visit local attractions like the Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain, spend a lovely summer evening at the college-owned Wildcat Lake, and much more.

Submitting Supplemental Documents

Before our admission team can review a student’s application, we must receive his or her high school transcripts and choice of essay or a meeting with an admissions counselor. To submit supplemental items, contact your counselor, or they may be mailed, emailed, or faxed to our office. 

Office of Admission
Lees-McRae College 
PO Box 128 
Banner Elk, NC 28604-0128 


Fax: 828.898.8707 


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 enrollment. 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. 

"If you want a small school in a small town with a lot of great outdoor activities, this is the right place. Come visit and see what is out here."

—Quinn Reeves ’20

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