Online/Distance Admissions


1. Submit your online application

2. Request official transcripts from all colleges attended

If there are special circumstances to consider regarding your academic and/or personal background, please submit a brief essay with an explanation. In addition, academic recommendations, additional transcripts, or an interview may be required.

Completed application file will be reviewed for an admission decision within two weeks.

Multiple Start Dates

Our online degree-completion programs offer flexible start dates for studying on your schedule—beginning in August, October, January, or March. Dates vary by program. See program-specific information below.

Special Instructions


    Business Administration

    START DATES: August, October, January, March

    • Prerequisite courses: Statistics; Introduction to Business; Business Technology; Principles of Management; Principles of Macroeconomics; Principles of Microeconomics; Accounting I; Accounting II 
    • Applied associate degree in business administration or associate degree is required prior to enrollment
    Program information

    Criminal Justice

    START DATES: August, October, January, March

    • Prerequisite courses: Introduction to Criminal Justice, Court Procedures and Evidence, Corrections, and Law Enforcement Operations  
    • Applied associate degree in criminal justice or associate degree is required prior to enrollment
    Program information

    Elementary Education

    START DATES: August, January

    • Prerequisite courses:
      - Psychology requirement (Child Psychology, Developmental Psychology, or Human Growth and Development)
      - Math requirement (Statistics, Pre-calculus Algebra, or higher-level math course)
    • Applied associate degree in early childhood education or associate degree is required prior to enrollment  
    • Praxis Test: Core Academic Skills for Educators (5712, 5722, 5732) required to be taken and passed prior to November 1 of a fall term start date.

    NOTE: A seated cohort for Elementary Education is offered at Surry Community College in Dobson, NC. For more information about this opportunity, please contact

    Program information


    Human Services

    START DATES: August, October, January, March

    • Prerequisite Courses: Introduction to Human Services or Introduction to Criminal Justice  
    • Applied associate degree in human services or associate degree is required prior to enrollment

    Program information


    RN to BSN

    START DATES: August, January

    • Prerequisite Courses: General Psychology; Introduction to Microbiology; Anatomy and Physiology I; Anatomy and Physiology II; and 44 NUR credit hours or more 
    • Associate degree in nursing is required prior to enrollment 
    • Two letters of recommendation 
    • Copy of nursing license
    Program information

    Elementary Education (Licensure)

    Lateral entry teaching professionals wishing to complete their teaching licensure courses can apply to the Elementary Education licensure program by completing the following action items: 


    RIBN Programs (Surry Community College)

    High school and community college students wishing to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing can begin their studies at Surry Community College (SCC) and apply to the RIBN program to complete their four-year degree in an expedited and seamless process. Programs offered include the RIBN program and the LPN to BSN RIBN program. 

    Application steps for the RIBN and LPN to BSN RIBN collaborative programs begin after acceptance to SCC.  

    1. Gain acceptance into the SCC RIBN program
    2. Apply to Lees-McRae by completing the undergraduate application by June 1
    3. Submit the following supplemental materials:
      - Official high school transcript
      - Official college transcript (for courses from high school dual enrollment programs or other colleges attended) 
      - Acceptance letter received from SCC RIBN program
      - Letters of recommendation (these can be the same letters submitted for the SCC RIBN program application)

Submit all documents to the Office of Admission at:

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

Fax: 828.898.8707


What We Look For

Each application is reviewed individually and decisions of admission are based on the following:

  • Academic achievement and potential
  • Personal characteristics, motivation, and integrity
  • Leadership ability as demonstrated by participation in school, community, or religious organizations

Lees-McRae College reserves the right to revoke or deny admission or enrollment from students who knowingly mislead or present false information on the application. The college reserves the right to deny admission to any student if, in its judgement, the presence of that student on campus poses an undue risk to the safety or security of the college community. That judgment will be based on an individualized determination taking into account any information the college has about the student. A disciplinary matter or criminal conviction, whether occurring prior to the time of application, while the application is under review, or after the admission decision has been made, may affect the institution’s decisions regarding admission, enrollment, or course of study.

Contact Admissions

Physical Address:
Chaffee Center
191 Main Street
Banner Elk, NC

Mailing Address:
Office of Admission
Lees-McRae College
PO Box 128
Banner Elk, NC 28604




The Free Application for Federal Student Aid will serve as your application for all federal, state, and institutional financial aid. The Lees-McRae school code is 002939.

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