Undergraduate Admissions


1. Submit your online application

2. Request official high school transcripts  

3. Request official college transcripts from all colleges attended (if applicable)  

4. Submit official SAT and/or ACT scores (if applicable)

Test scores don't always tell the whole story. Did you know we offer test-optional admission? See more below.

•  SAT code: 5364
•  ACT code: 3116

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 or an interview may be required.

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

Special Instructions


    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.

    Dual-enrolled/Early College/Additional College Credit


    When completing your application, select “Freshman with Credit” as your student type.

    An admission decision can be made based on the dual enrollment courses listed on a high school transcript or with an unofficial college transcript. However, to ensure transfer credit, we will need official college transcripts reflecting final grades of the dual enrolled courses prior to your enrollment at Lees-McRae. 

    The amount of transferred credit will vary. Please contact the Office of Admission at admissions@lmc.edu or 828.898.5241 for more details.


    Students may be eligible for advanced placement and/or academic credit through one or more of the programs listed below. Any student considering taking the AP or CLEP tests should first determine eligibility and score requirements for transfer of courses through the registrar. Credit is offered at Lees-McRae College through the following programs: 

    AP (Advanced Placement)  

    • Score of Three: Lees-McRae may award college credit if recommended by the Registrar. 
    • Score of Four: Three to four credit hours of college credit may be awarded for the appropriate Lees-McRae equivalent course. 
    • Score of Five: Six to eight credit hours of college credit may be awarded for the appropriate Lees-McRae equivalent course(s).

    CLEP (College Level Examination Program)  

    • Score of 50: Three to four credit hours of college credit may be awarded for each test taken with a score of 50 or higher for the appropriate Lees-McRae equivalent course. 

    International Baccalaureate Diploma  

    • Score of Five: Three to four credit hours of college credit may be awarded for the appropriate Lees-McRae equivalent course.


    Each transcript is evaluated individually to determine the number of transferable credit hours. Transcript evaluations are pending until receipt of official transcript showing final transfer credit or degree earned is confirmed. 

    View a list of transferable courses

    In order to receive a bachelor’s degree from Lees-McRae, the transfer student must fulfill all requirements outlined in the Requirements for Graduation, which includes earning 32 of the last 40 hours at Lees-McRae with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

    Transcript evaluations are completed upon request. Email admissions@lmc.edu with copies of your transcripts.

    NOTE: If you have earned an applied associate degree, associate degree, bachelor’s degree or higher; you are not required to submit a high school transcript and test scores.  



    Students must submit an official transcript from their correspondence school, if applicable. Students who have not worked with an umbrella school may submit an academic curriculum documenting their academic experience. Academic curriculum portfolios must include course descriptions, date the courses were taken, and final grades. The homeschool transcript must show the graduation date and be signed and dated by homeschooling parent.


    • Submit official and certified secondary school transcript. Transcripts must be translated into English and document the last four years of secondary school.
    • Submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores. Test scores required for all international students whose native language is not English. Minimum requirements are: TOEFL–80 Internet Based and IELTS–6.5
    • Letter of recommendation from a teacher or school official that is familiar with the applicant

    Transfer International Students: International students must submit official and certified transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended within the United States and outside the United States. If an international student wants credit for any prior university-level work from a foreign university, he/she must provide a course-by-course evaluation of their post-secondary academic documents compiled by  World Education Services (WES). Students wishing to use other credential evaluations should first check with the Lees-McRae Office of Admission to see if these evaluations will be accepted.




    Students seeking to return to Lees-McRae after being absent for more than one semester or attending another institution must submit the following information: 

    • An application for re-admission 
    • Transcripts from all institutions attended since leaving Lees-McRae

    Re-admission is conditional on approval of college departments.


    Any student wishing to take courses at Lees-McRae while enrolled at another institution may do so on a visiting student basis. Students should submit a completed application form and a statement of permission from the applicant’s home institution. This permission statement must indicate that the applicant is in good academic and social standing.


    Veteran Benefits

    Academic programs at Lees-McRae are approved by the North Carolina State Approving Agency for the enrollment of persons eligible for educational assistance benefits from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA). Entitled veterans, participants in the Montgomery GI Bill contributory program, active duty military in voluntary education programs, drilling National Guardsmen, drilling Reservists, and eligible spouses and dependents who have applied, met all admissions criteria, been fully accepted, and actively matriculated may be certified to the U.S. DVA Regional Offices as enrolled and in pursuit of an approved program of education. For more information, contact Kathy Henson, veterans certifying official, at 828.898.8856 or hensonk@lmc.edu.



    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. 

Submit all documents to the Office of Admission at:

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

Email: admissions@lmc.edu   
Fax: 828.898.8707 

NC Building



Due to the ongoing public health situation, we have extended the enrollment deposit until August 1. However, we recommend that students pay the deposit as soon as possible in order to continue to the next steps in the enrollment process. We wish all of our prospective students and families remain safe and healthy during this time.

Early Action (non-binding) 

Want your admission decision early? Applying Early Action guarantees a decision by December 15. To reserve your spot in the incoming class, it is recommended you submit your $250 enrollment deposit by May 1. 

  • Application and all application documents due by: December 1  
  • Admission decision notification: December 15 
  • Enrollment deposit due by: May 1


Regular Decision (rolling basis) 

Choosing the right college can be tough! We understand that, so regular decision application materials are encouraged by April 10 to receive a decision by the National College Decision Day of May 1. To reserve your spot in the incoming class, it is recommended you submit your $250 enrollment deposit by the deadline stated on your financial aid award notification. 

  • Application and all application documents due by: April 10 (encouraged date)  
  • Admission decision notification by: May 1 
  • Enrollment deposit due: By deadline on financial aid award notification

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 organization

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.

Important Numbers to Know

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