Visit Our Campus

Information Sessions and Campus Tours

We offer information sessions and campus tours six or seven days a week for prospective students and their families. Come see campus for yourself, hear from current students, and get all your questions answered. Sign up for a time below! 

Group tours for high schools and community organizations may also be scheduled. We do limit these to one group per day, so please let us know as soon as possible if you are interested. With any questions, contact Director of Events and Campus Visitation McLean Bell at or 828.898.8729.

Information Sessions

  • 25–30 minutes
  • Hosted by an admissions counselor
  • Overview of academic programs, athletics, student life, and the admissions process

Campus Tour

  • 60 minutes
  • Led by a student ambassador or admissions counselor
  • Tour the North Campus which features first-year residence halls, The Summit dining hall, Cannon Student Center, Arthur Student Recreation Complex, Shelton Learning Commons, and more!
  • Additional options include tours of the Fred I. Dickerson Athletic Complex, May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (upon availability and request), and South Campus at Grandfather Home. 
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.

Upcoming On-Campus Events


    April 20 | Open House

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

    Learn more

Upcoming Virtual Events

Upcoming Events for Online and Distance Learning

Can't make a visit on campus?

Learn more about Lees-McRae in this 32-minute virtual information session with Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs Kevin Phillips, or take a virtual tour of campus. With questions or to have an admissions counselor follow up with more information, please email or call 828.898.5241.

Virtual Information Session

Virtual Information Session

Virtual Campus Tour

Virtual Campus Tour

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

Note: Route 184 (Tynecastle Highway) will be undergoing maintenance throughout the month of August. We recommend choosing an alternate route to avoid traffic congestion and delays. 

Find alternate route

191 Main Street W.
Banner Elk, NC 28604

Traveling west to campus: From Boone, North Carolina, travel west on Highway 321 toward Vilas, North Carolina. Turn onto Route 194, heading up the mountain toward Banner Elk. Past the Original Mast General Store in Valle Crucis, turn right to continue toward Banner Elk. Once in Banner Elk, continue through the stoplight. The admissions parking lot is 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). The admissions parking lot is 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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