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Information Sessions and Campus Tours

Summer is a great time to visit Lees-McRae College and the Banner Elk area. We offer daily information sessions and campus tours for prospective students and their families. For most of the summer, we are open seven days a week in order to accommodate your busy schedule. Information sessions will last about 25–30 minutes, and campus tours are approximately one hour and 15 minutes. Visitors are not required to wear masks or face coverings but may choose to do so at any time. 

Information sessions and campus tours are designed for students and families to learn more about the exciting opportunities available at Lees-McRae. Tours are generally led by a current student and cover the entire campus. Following the tour, families will also be invited to see our South Campus at Grandfather Home, the Dickerson Athletics Complex, and the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Click the button below to check the calendar for available times. Sign up today!

Group tours (i.e. 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. To register or with any questions, contact Savanna Buff at or 828.898.8840.

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.

Online Programs Open House
June 4
July 7

Preview our online and distance learning degree programs. Get details about the classes and faculty, the admissions process, and your financial aid options. 

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Open House
Saturday, October 22
Saturday, November 12

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

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Can't make a visit on campus?

Learn more about Lees-McRae in this 32-minute virtual information session with Vice President for Enrollment Management 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


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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