Summer Orientation


Session One: June 21–23, 2024
Session Two: July 12–14, 2024

Orientation is the bridge between your decision to attend Lees-McRae and being a Bobcat! You'll get to know your peers, navigate the campus, and learn about resources available to students. Our exceptional orientation leaders will show you the ropes!

Choose the session that is right for you, but before registering be sure to pay your enrollment commitment fee. Register for orientation on the New Student Portal. 

Save the Date: August 15-17, 2024. All New Students will be able to move into their residence hall on Thursday, August 15. After getting settled into your hall, all new students are required to attend the 2-Day August Orientation from August 15-17, 2024. This express information is designed to ensure you have all of the information you need to kick start the semester.

ORIENTATION SCHEDULE

Get ready for a fun-filled and busy three days! From information sessions to small groups and games, your time on campus will be a great introduction to life as a Bobcat. 

STUDENT SCHEDULE


DAY ONE

Check In
1–3 p.m.
Hayes Auditorium

Welcome
3–3:30 p.m.
Hayes Auditorium

Perspectives Unplugged: Student Panel Discussion
3:30–4 p.m.
Hayes Auditorium

Orientation Small Groups
4–5 p.m.
Various Locations

Dinner
5–6:30 p.m.
The Summit

Evening Programs
6:30–10:30 p.m.
Various Locations

DAY TWO

Sunrise Hike (optional) 
7–8 a.m. 
Meet at Tufts Tower 

Breakfast 
8–9 a.m 
The Summit 

Experiential Learning Workshops 
9 a.m.–12 p.m. 
Various Locations 

Lunch 
Noon–1 p.m. 
The Summit 

Experiential Learning Workshops (continued) 
1–3 p.m. 
Various Locations 

Orientation Small Groups 
3–4 p.m. 
Various Locations 

Getting Involved on Campus Information Session 
4–4:45 p.m. 
Evans Auditorium 

Dinner 
5–6:30 p.m. 
The Summit 

Final Night Campfire and Games 
7–9 p.m. 
Tate Lawn

DAY THREE

Breakfast 
8–9 a.m. 
The Summit 

Final Orientation Small Groups 
9–10 a.m. 
Various Locations 

Check Out 
10 a.m.

FAMILY SCHEDULE

Parents and family members, you'll have the chance to learn more about your student's experience at Lees-McRae. You'll also have plenty of free time to explore our beautiful town!

DAY ONE

Check In 
1–3 p.m. 
Hayes Auditorium 

Welcome 
3–3:30 p.m. 
Hayes Auditorium 

Perspectives Unplugged: Student Panel Discussion 
3:30–4 p.m. 
Hayes Auditorium 

Financial Aid and Billing 
4–4:30 p.m. 
Hayes Auditorium 

Supporting Your Student Through Their College Experience 
4:30–5 p.m. 
Hayes Auditorium 

Dinner (on your own) 
5–6 p.m. 

Family Social 
6–7:30 p.m. 
Beech Mountain 
 

DAY TWO

Drop-In Office Hours 
8–10 a.m. 
Various Locations 

Keeping Your Student Safe on Campus–Safety and Operations on Campus
10–10:45 a.m 
Evans Auditorium 

Campus Nesting 101: A Family’s Guide to College Housing and Residence Life 
10:45–11:30 a.m. 
Evans Auditorium 

Getting Your Student Involved  
11:30 a.m.–noon 
Evans Auditorium 

Lunch 
Noon–1 p.m. 
The Summit 

Campus Tours
1–2 p.m., 3–4 p.m.
Departing from Chaffee Administration Building

Explore Banner Elk on Your Own 
1–5 p.m. 

DAY THREE

Check Out 
10–11 a.m. 


What to Expect: Students

The goal of the New Student Orientation is to help incoming students prepare academically, socially, and mentally for college life at Lees-McRae.
 

What to Pack

Students will stay in the residence halls overnight for two nights. Be sure to bring the following with you to check-in:

  • Bedding (extra long twin sheets, light blanket, pillow, pillowcase) 
  • Change of clothes and comfortable walking shoes for two nights
  • Light jacket or sweatshirt 
  • Shower items (towel, flip flops, toiletries) 
  • Small fan (optional) 
  • Rain jacket and boots in the event of inclement weather

Orientation happens rain or shine. As you are planning your upcoming trip to campus, be sure to monitor the forecast and pack essentials accordingly. 

Class Registration

Students who would like to receive their upcoming semester schedule at orientation must complete the required class registration items listed in the New Student Portal by June 1. 

All incoming freshmen take First Year Seminar (FYS) during their first semester. If you know your intended major, we will include the relevant introductory courses for your major in your upcoming semester schedule. In addition, you may take one or more courses towards meeting the college's general education requirements. Dependent on your placement assessment scores, you may also take courses for elective credit towards graduation. These courses will prepare you to be successful in subsequent required courses

Advising

You will have an opportunity to meet with an advisor when you arrive on campus for your first semester. During orientation, you will participate in group advising sessions to discuss your schedule for your upcoming first semester at Lees-McRae College.  


What to Expect: Families

We recognize that transitioning your student(s) to college can be a stressful and emotional time for families. During New Student Orientation, parents and families will have the opportunity to interact with other parents of incoming students, better understand what your student will be experiencing as a student, and learn how you can support your student's academic and social growth.
 

Family Schedule

Topics covered will include preparing for college life, student life and development, academic and career resources, student health and wellness, tuition payments and financial aid, and more. You will also have time to explore the greater Banner Elk and High Country areas. All parent and family sessions are optional.
 

Accommodations

Your students will be spending both nights of orientation in a residence hall on campus. Families are welcome to stay at one of our local hotels, inns, or bed and breakfasts in the area. View lodging options


Frequently Asked Questions

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    Is orientation mandatory for new students?

    Yes! All new Bobcats are expected to attend either session one or session two of orientation as well as Campus Compass in August. If you have a conflict, please contact Assistant Director of Admissions and New Student Engagement Tyler Dellavechia at dellavechiat@lmc.edu or the Student Affairs Office at studentaffairs@lmc.edu.
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    Is orientation mandatory for families?

    Family members are not required to attend an orientation session. However, orientation sessions will be available to welcome you to the Bobcat family and answer any questions you might have!
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    Is there anything I should be doing to get ready for orientation?

    Before orientation, make sure you've registered and uploaded the necessary paperwork in the New Student Portal. A link to the portal is emailed to new students. Contact Tyler Dellavechia at dellavechiat@lmc.edu with questions. 

    In the weeks leading up to orientation, keep an eye on your mailbox and Lees-McRae email for more updates and introductions.

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    Do I have to stay overnight during orientation?

    All new students are required to stay in one of our on-campus residence halls during the overnight orientation session. We believe that the overnight experience helps new students to envision their on-campus experience and is an exciting way to meet the rest of the incoming class! If you have concerns about accommodations within the residence halls, please reach out.

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    When is check out?

    We have students coming from all over, so we want you to be able to plan for travel accordingly. Students will finish their last session at 10 a.m. on the final day of Orientation and then check out of the residence halls.
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    What do I do after orientation?

    After orientation, it’s time to start the countdown to Move-in Day and Campus Compass on August 15! There will be tons of events and opportunities on campus that weekend and through the first week of classes!

    New Student Move-In details

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    What should I bring?

    Students will need to bring their own bedding to Orientation, including extra-long twin sheets, blankets, and a pillow. Make sure to pack whatever toiletries, clothing, and supplies you will need for two nights.

Meet Your Orientation Leaders!

Sam Ammann 

Class Year: Junior
Major
: Biology, Biomedical Sciences specialization
From: Fort Mill, South Carolina

Hi my name is Sam and I am from Fort Mill, South Carolina. I am majoring in Biology with a specialization in Biomedical Sciences and am also on the women's soccer team. My favorite things about Lees-McRae is the location and the friends I have made here. I have had the opportunity to be in multiple organizations on campus that have allowed me to stay involved in my community. I love orientation since I made so many friends from orientation and we have remained friends throughout our time here and I want to do my best to give others that same opportunity. Plus I love to have fun and am ready to welcome some new Bobcats to Lees-McRae!

Kayla Barber

Class Year: Sophomore
Major
: Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Rehabilitation specialization
From: Exeter, Pennsylvania

I am a Wildlife Biology student from Pennslyvania. My favorite thing about Lees-McRae is the small but welcoming and friendly community. It makes me feel right at home when I'm far from my home. I'm most excited to get to know incoming students and help them learn about our campus.

Andrew Belcher

Class Year: Freshman
Major
: Criminal Justice
From: Cary, North Carolina

I'm Andrew! I'm a big guitar and bike geek. I'm attending Lees-McRae to study Criminal Justice, and currently major in it. My favorite thing about Lees-McRae is the environment. We live in a beautiful place and you can enjoy the views from almost any place on campus. The community is extremely respectful and enjoys your presence as much as you enjoy being here. I am most excited to meet the incoming students during Orientation! I'm also very excited to join in the activities that entails.

Shayne Burton

Class Year: Freshman
Major
: Sport Management
From: Boston, Massachusetts

My name is Shayne Burton and I am a freshman at Lees-McRae College. I play for the women's basketball team here. My major is Sport Management. Sports have always been my life so as I go on in my college and after-college career I want to stay connected to the sports world. My favorite thing about Lees-McRae is the people. The environment is amazing here at Lees-McRae. Everyone is really nice and treats you like family. I love how peaceful and quiet it is here. There are no distractions here so you can focus. The teachers are amazing and are always here to help you with schoolwork. They also are people who want to make sure that you are mentally okay and are always checking on the students, and I absolutely love that. One thing I am really excited for during Orientation is getting to help the new students who are going to be here and guiding them and being a helpful Orientation leader for them.

Devon Davis

Class Year: Sophomore
Major
: Sport Management, Communication Arts and Design minor
From: Huntersville, North Carolina

Hi my name is Devon Davis, and I am an upcoming junior at Lees-McRae College. My major is Sport Management with a minor in Communication Arts and Design. I am a thrower for the track and field team as well. One of my favorite things about Lees-McRae is spring mornings before class. The thing that I’m most excited about Orientation is getting to know all the students and their families.

Autumn Dockery

Class Year: Freshman
Major
: Criminal Justice and Psychology
From: Mayberry, North Carolina

My name is Autumn and I am from Mayberry, North Carolina. I am a Psychology and Criminal Justice double major with a specialization in forensic psychology. My favorite thing about Lees-McRae is the very tight-knit community that you get when you are here. You feel like everyone knows you and you know everyone. We help each other and get to know each other. I am excited to get incoming students as excited about Lees-McRae as I am!

Bailey Eichner

Class Year: Junior
Major
: Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Theatre Arts, Technical Theatre minor
From: Woodlawn, Virginia

My name is Bailey Eichner. I am a Pre-Veterinary and Theater Arts major with a Technical Theatre minor from Woodlawn, Virginia. I have always loved being outside and spending time in nature, Lees-McRae allows me grow in my eduction while encouraging me to be outside. Every morning I jump out of bed and know I will have a new adventure to share with my friends. I am excited to be Orientation leader to introduce incoming students to Lees-McRae, the campus, and what it is like to be a college student.

Morgan Gray

Class Year: Senior
Major
: Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Rehabilitation specialization
From: Huntersville, North Carolina

I’m originally from Pasadena, Maryland now residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I will be a fifth year with a double major of Wildlife Biology specialization of Wildlife Rehabilitation as well as a major of Pre-Veterinary Medicine. I really love how the staff here as well as professors are willing to work with you and do everything they can and I’m most excited to show new students that it’s okay to be yourself and that college is for learning yourself and making connections!

Allie Johnston

Class Year: Freshman
Major
: Special Education, Athletic Coaching minor
From: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

I am Allie, I am a rising sophomore and a member of the softball team. I am also a member of the SEEL Club and will be an RA this coming year. I am a Special Education major with an Athletic Coaching minor. I love the environment at Lees-McRae and how great the community is! I love spending time outside and going out to explore new places. I am most excited to meet the newcomers and show them around one of my most favorite places. I can’t wait to meet everyone!

Sandra Mason

Class Year: Sophomore
Major
: Business Administration, Marketing specialization
From: Chesapeake, Virginia

I'm Sandra Mason, and I'm from Chesapeake, Virginia. My area of studies is Business Administration with a focus in Marketing. My extracurricular activities include the women's basketball team and working with Premier Sotheby's as an intern. One of my favorite things about Lees-McRae College is the faculty and staff's determination and efforts to help you succeed in every aspect of your college experience.

Megan O'Donnell

Class Year: Sophomore
Major
: Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Business Administration and Wildlife Rehabilitation minor
From: Charlotte, North Carolina

Hi, my name is Megan and I am from Charlotte, North Carolina. I am a Pre-Veterinary Medicine major and I am also double minoring in Business Administration and Wildlife Rehabilitation. I love Lees-McRae because of the community here and the opportunities this school has given me. I am on the dance team, a part of Campus Activities Board and Student Government Association, and an RA! I love getting to know new students and I can’t wait to meet everyone at orientation!

Delaney Trosin

Class Year: Sophomore 
Major
: Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Wildlife Rehabilitation minor
From: Johnson City, Tennessee

I am from Johnson City, Tennessee. I am studying Pre-Veterinary Medicine with a minor in Wildlife Rehabilitation. My favorite thing about Lees-McRae is the nature that surrounds it. The beautiful mountains definitely caught my eye when applying here. I love hiking, snowboarding, and playing Spikeball with friends. What most excites me about Orientation is meeting new students and being able to guide them into their college experience.

Cam Weir

Class Year: Freshman
Major
: Criminal Justice, Forensic Psychology specialization
From: Lake Norman, North Carolina

Hello! My name is Cameron Weir. I am from Lake Norman, North Carolina. My major is Criminal Justice with a specialization in Forensic Psychology. I am on the men's basketball team. My favorite thing about Lees-McRae is living in the mountains. I am most excited about meeting all the new incoming students!

Laci Wiley

Class Year: Sophomore
Major
: Psychology and Criminal Justice, Forensic Psychology specialization
From: Kannapolis, North Carolina

My name is Laci Wiley and I am from Kannapolis, North Carolina. I am currently double majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice with a specialization in Forensic Psychology. My favorite thing about Lees-McRae is the small school atmosphere. The campus is beautiful and I am so grateful for the bonds I have formed with the faculty and my fellow classmates. I am most excited about meeting the new students and getting to play no-tell games! :)

Soleil Correa

Class Year: Sophomore
Major
: Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Wildlife Rehabilitation minor
From: Valley Stream, New York

I’m from Long Island NY, but recently my family moved to Jersey. I’m majoring in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and minoring in Wildlife Rehabilitation. One of my favorite things about Lees-McRae is the family feel! Everyone here wants to see you succeed and will help you along the way! I’m excited about Orientation because I would love to be able to share my love for Lees-Mcrae with our incoming freshman!