Academic Preview Days

Our programs are distinct—just like you.

Check them out for yourself and connect with faculty, students, and alumni. Spend the day exploring our innovative facilities and our hands-on approach to education. Participants will also take part in a campus tour, enjoy lunch in the dining hall, and have the opportunity to meet with admission and financial aid counselors. We think you’ll like what you see, but you don’t have to take our word for it. Discover why our students call this place home. 

Wildlife Preview Day

Wildlife Preview Days are designed for any prospective student who has an interest in our Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Rehabilitation, or Pre-Veterinary Medicine programs. The event will be limited to 36 students plus family members. Lees-McRae is nationally recognized for excellence in these areas of study, with numerous graduates moving on to careers as animal keepers, animal rehabilitators, primate keepers, veterinarians, wildlife directors, animal service officers, and educators.

During your visit, you will hear from faculty, staff, and students about all of the great opportunities available to you here. Visit our 70-acre Elk Valley Preserve and Field Station and the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, which cares for more than 1,500 injured and sick animals each year. The May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center also features a surgical suite with anesthesia and X-ray machines, where our students prepare for veterinary school. 

Because this event has a limited capacity and is extremely popular, make sure you are fully committed to attending before you register. The preview day will take place in person on our campus. Lees-McRae will continue to monitor health and safety protocol as the fall semester moves forward. 

Saturday, October 8

The Wildlife Preview Day on Saturday, Oct. 8 is completely full. No further registrations can be taken at this time. Please register for one of our two upcoming Open Houses on Saturday, Oct. 22 or Saturday, Nov. 12. Students and families will still be able to participate in all of the activities scheduled for the Wildlife Preview Day at an Open House. 


Preview Day Schedule

  • 9 a.m. Check-in, Continental Breakfast, and Student Resource Fair (Cannon Student Center)   
    Visit information tables for the Offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, Campus Life, Residence Life, Career and Life Planning, the Burton Center for Student Success, Athletics, and more. 

  • 10 a.m. Welcome and Overview (Evans Auditorium)
    Learn more about Lees-McRae from Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Kevin Phillips.

  • 10:45 a.m. Academic Overview (Evans Auditorium)
    Hear from Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Rehabilitation, and Pre-Veterinary Medicine faculty.  

  • 11:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions (Evans Auditorium)
    Speak with faculty, meet with admissions staff, visit the campus bookstore, and apply for admission to Lees-McRae.

  • 11:45 a.m. Lunch

  • 1–4 p.m. Small Group Tour Rotations
    Groups will visit the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and the Elk Valley Preserve and Field Station and take a full tour of campus. 


Contact the Office of Admission at or 828.898.5241.