Visit Our Campus

Our hearts go out to those affected by the current public health situation. Campus tours in Banner Elk will resume on June 1, as the state, county, and town continues through the early stages of re-opening. In order to make sure everyone stays safe, and to be compliant with executive orders, each information session and campus tour timeslot will be limited to ONE group—a prospective student and a maximum of three additional guests from the same immediate family.

Campus Tours Resume June 1
Can't make a visit on campus? Take a virtual tour.

Campus Overview
Information Sessions and Campus Tours

The college is committed to providing you with the safest possible campus visit. Therefore, admissions staff will wear a face covering/mask and maintain the recommended social distance of at least six feet during your time on campus. Visitors are encouraged to wear a face covering/mask, but it is not mandatory.

You will be able to see the entire campus during your visit, with the exception of the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. While we can still show you the outside of this amazing facility, many of our current students will be individually completing their clinical requirements, and we must keep them safe by not allowing members of the public to enter at this time.

There will be three timeslots per day Monday–Thursday; two options on all Fridays except July 3; and two options on six select Saturdays: June 20, June 27, July 11, July 25, August 1, and August 8. Please choose the appropriate day and time for you.

Group tours are currently suspended. With questions, contact Amanda Merritt at or 828.898.8772.

Schedule a Visit
Choose a time for an information session and campus tour in the calendar below. Spaces are limited to ONE family (one student and three immediate family members) per tour time. 

Are you a high school senior or prospective transfer student?

Bring your supplemental application items to your visit! While meeting with the counselor, you will have the opportunity to submit a free application and potentially receive an admission decision on the spot.

Open House
Saturday, October 24
Saturday, November 14

Get a feel for life on campus with a full day of tours, student and faculty meetings, and program-specific information sessions.

Learn more and register

Our Mountain Home

From the heart of the Blue Ridge, we’re inspired every day by all that surrounds us. There are breathtaking vistas, shady valleys, and clear mountain streams minutes away and in every direction. And with so much to do, you better take a day (or two) to explore the High Country!

Banner Elk hosts concerts, markets, and community events throughout the year and who can forget the famous Woolly Worm Festival! Just miles from campus, take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway and visit nearby towns such as Boone, Blowing Rock, and Linville.

Want a break from driving? Segments of the Appalachian Trail and Mountains-to-Sea Trail wind through Avery County. If you’re looking to climb even higher, visit one of the local peaks including Grandfather Mountain, Sugar Mountain, or Beech Mountain, but be sure to bring your skis and snowboards in the winter months!

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How to Find Us


191 Main Street W.
Banner Elk, NC 28604

Traveling west to campus: From Boone, North Carolina, take Highway NC 105 South to Route 184 (Tynecastle Highway) to downtown Banner Elk. Turn left at the stoplight onto Route 194 (Main Street West). Admission parking lot on the left before the flagpoles.

Traveling east to campus: From Johnson City, Tennessee, take Highway U.S. 19 East to Elk Park and Route 194 (Main Street West). Admission parking lot on the right just past the flagpoles.

One-on-One Virtual Appointments

We'd love to chat with you during a one-on-one appointment! Appointments are offered via phone or video to prospective and accepted students and their families.

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