Open House

The mountains are calling. Experience life as a Bobcat and learn about the historic buildings, classrooms and labs, residence halls, and athletic complex on our 460-acre campus. Meet the faculty and explore our innovative academic offerings and learn how cross-disciplinary studies can help build an outstanding resume that leads to future success. Join us this fall for Open House on October 23 or November 13. Space will be limited. 

To visit campus before the fall, please consider attending one of our daily information sessions and campus tours. The college is currently open Monday through Saturday for campus tours, and from early June to early August on most Sundays. For these personalized visits, a maximum of four prospective students and their immediate families are allowed. For those unable to visit campus at this time, we invite you to take a look at one of our videos below to learn more about Lees-McRae!

Mark your calendars now! Registration for these events is now open. We look forward to seeing you in Banner Elk soon!

Saturday, October 23
Saturday, November 13

Virtual Information Session
Current Student Panel

Schedule of Events

9:30 a.m.


10:00 a.m.

Includes an overview of admissions, financial aid, and campus life.

10:30 a.m.

Academic Overview
Meet our deans and faculty to learn more about our majors, minors, and experiential education.

  • School of Arts, Humanities, and Education: Tours of Whitesell Art Building and Broyhill Theatre
  • School of Business and Management: Optional tour of Brigham Classroom at Beech Mountain Resort
  • School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences: Tours of May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and Elk Valley Preserve and Field Station
  • May School of Nursing and Health Sciences: Tour of Hart Simulation Center and EMSM Simulation Lab

12:00 p.m.

Campus Tours

1:15 p.m.

Lunch and/or Meet with an Admissions Counselor
Admissions interviews and transfer student advising sessions available. 


With 26 majors and 21 minors housed within four distinct schools, there's something for everyone.

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Our tuition is 15 percent less than other private institutions in North Carolina, and we don’t charge more if you come from out of state.

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Life extends beyond the classroom at Lees-McRae. From clubs and organizations to leadership opportunities, there are countless ways to get involved.

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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.

Banner Elk: Our Mountain Home
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Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, we’re inspired every day by all that surrounds us. There are breathtaking vistas, shady valleys, and clear, gentle streams in every direction.

We have countless trails in the area—in fact 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.

If driving is more your speed, you can take a spin on the Blue Ridge Parkway just miles from campus. Or head over to one of our neighboring towns, such as Boone, Blowing Rock, and Linville, for a day of window-shopping or dining in style. Our hometown of Banner Elk hosts concerts, markets, and community events throughout the year, including the famous Woolly Worm Festival.

There is so much to do in the High Country, you’ll want to extend your visit for more adventures!

Lodging options

Frequently Asked Questions


    Who can attend Open House?

    We encourage rising high school juniors and seniors to attend, but all are welcome!

    Do I need to register for Open House?

    Yes! Please register so we can plan for your attendance.

    What should I wear?

    Open House activities take place both inside and outside, so we recommend dressing in layers and wearing comfortable walking shoes. Be sure to check the weather forecast before your arrival, as the weather in Banner Elk can significantly differ from the surrounding areas.

    Where can I park?

    Parking is available in the Hayes lot across from the Cannon Student Center.

    Can I receive an admission decision while I'm there?

    Yes! Plan to bring all supplemental items with you in order to receive an admission decision.

    • Freshmen: official high school transcript, official test scores
    • Transfer students: official high school transcript, official college transcript

    I can't make it to Open House, but would still like to visit. What other opportunities are there?

    If you're unable to attend Open House, there are still other opportunites available to explore our mountain home. Check out the visit page for other upcoming events or to schedule a guided tour.

We're here to help!

If you have additional questions or would like to speak with someone in the Office of Admission, please email or call 828.898.5241.

The mountains are calling.

Will you answer?