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. 

This summer we are offering information sessions and campus tours, which resumed June 1. In the fall, we will have two on-campus Open Houses for you to choose from, so you can experience our beautiful location for yourself. Mark your calendars now! 

Saturday, October 24
Saturday, November 14

Schedule of Events

8:30 a.m.


9:00 a.m.

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

9:30 a.m.

Campus Tour
Enjoy a guided walk on campus and see firsthand the learning and residential spaces.

10:30 a.m.

Academic Program Information Fair
Talk with faculty about experiential learning and explore our majors and minors.

11:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

Financial Aid Presentation
Learn about scholarships, grants, and loans and how to complete the FAFSA.

11:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

Student Life Presentation
Hear about the various housing options and our vibrant student life on campus.


11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Transfer Student Advising Sessions
Schedule an appointment with an admission counselor.

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
MacDonald Dining Hall

12:15–2:00 p.m.*
Wildlife Biology Information Session
Tour of the Elk Valley Preserve and Field Station

Wildlife Rehabilitation Information Session
Tour of the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

12:15–1:00 p.m.*
Tour of the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Tour of the Whitesell Art Building

1:00–2:30 p.m.*
Theatre Arts Scholarship Auditions

Theatre Arts Building

3:00–4:00 p.m.*
Outdoor Recreation Management Information Session

Tour of the Brigham Classroom at Beech Mountain Resort

*Additional information and designated time slots will be provided upon registration.


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?