Visit Our Campus

As a college-bound student, you have a tremendous decision ahead of you: choosing the "right" college.

As the highest elevated campus on the east coast, you’ll enjoy crisp mountain air, beautiful views and a community like none other. We invite you to explore the town of Banner Elk, hit the slopes or raft one of our many rivers during your campus visit. 

Where are we located?

Lees-McRae College, located in the village of Banner Elk, North Carolina, has the highest elevation of any college campus east of the Mississippi. Situated 4,000 feet above sea level in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the college has an invigorating and healthful climate.

Lees-McRae is best reached from Boone, North Carolina, by Highway N.C. 105 S to Route 184 (Tynecastle Hwy) which leads to Banner Elk. When you reach the stoplight in Banner Elk, turn left and after a few hundred yards you will find our admissions parking lot on your left near the flag poles.

The College is best reached from Johnson City, Tennessee, by highway U.S. 19E to Elk Park and Route 194 to Banner Elk. After you enter the town limits, our admissions parking lot will be on your right after the flag poles.

Banner Elk is the home of the world famous Woolly Worm Festival. The Blue Ridge Parkway is near the College, as are Blowing Rock, Linville Falls and Linville Caverns, Roan Mountain, which is known for its Rhododendron Festival, and Wiseman's View, from which may be seen the famed Brown Mountain Lights. The Appalachian Trail passes a few miles from Banner Elk.

191 Main Street W.
Banner Elk, NC 28604

Daily Tours

In a typical visit, you and your family will have the opportunity to meet with an admissions counselor and walk through many of the classroom and residence buildings on campus. The visit will last approximately an hour and a half. We are also happy to make arrangements for you to attend a class or a meet with additional members of the faculty and staff.

Tours are available Monday through Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. When your appointment is confirmed, you will receive a personal call or email from a staff member.

How to Register:
Choose your tour time using the calendar below. Click through to the event and then click the Register Now link. You will be directed to create an account and finish the tour registration process.

Group Visits

The Office of Admission welcomes schools, college readiness organizations and community groups on campus to give the students the opportunity to learn more about the college process and experience!

Group visits must be scheduled two weeks in advanced to allow our office time to accommodate.

How to Register:
Choose your group visit time using the calendar below (note select group visit dates). Click through to the event and then click the Request Group Visit button to complete the request form. Once your form is received, our group tour coordinator will be in touch to confirm your visit.


Open House

The Office of Admission would like to invite you and your family to participate in one of our Open House events. This special day will give you the opportunity to meet students and faculty, tour our campus facilities, have lunch with us in MacDonald Dining Hall and learn about the excellent educational opportunities available at Lees-McRae College.

Fall Open House dates coming soon!