Welcome Week 2024

In, of, and for the mountains
As we mark new beginnings with the start of the fall semester, we recommit to the principles of our institutional motto—In the Mountains, Of the Mountains, For the Mountains. Our elevated location is sacred and literally and figuratively puts us above the rest. Whether you are returning to the Den or joining us as a new Bobcat we invite you to participate in Welcome Week activities to celebrate, honor, and serve the mountains we call home.

Campus Housing Move-In

To accommodate all students and help ensure safety and convenience, all new and returning students are required to register for a designated move-in time.

Are you new to Lees-McRae? Our friendly student leaders, faculty, and staff will be on hand during your move-in times to help answer questions and get you (and your stuff!) where you need to go.

Have questions? Check out our move-in FAQ

Check back in July for a registration link!

Schedule of Activities


Student-Athlete Move-In  

8 a.m.–Noon
Check in at Williams Gymnasium

New and returning fall sport student-athletes will arrive to campus and move into residences early in preparation for preseason activities. 




New Student Move-In

8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Check in at Cannon Student Center

Welcome to Lees-McRae! New students and their families will check in during their allotted time before heading to their residence.


5–7:30 p.m.
The Summit

Meal plans officially begin for the fall semester.

Mandatory Residence Hall Meetings

7:30 p.m.
Individual Residence Halls

Get to know your resident assistant (RA), your best friend during your first year of college, with this quick introduction to on-campus living. 

New Student Welcome

8:15 p.m.
Hayes Auditorium

Close out your first official day on campus with a celebration specifically for you! Hear from President King and Student Affairs staff, and learn about Campus Compass and the fun Welcome Week activities that are planned for you.




Campus Compass

Schedule coming soon. 




Returning Student Move-In  

8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Check in at Cannon Student Center

Returning students will check in with residence life staff and other college leaders during their allotted time before heading to their residence. 




Returning Student Move-In  

8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Check in at Cannon Student Center

Returning students will check in with residence life staff and other college leaders during their allotted time before heading to their residence. 

Sunday Night S'mores  

7–9 p.m.
Nebel Green

Join Campus Life staff for a night around the bonfire and enjoy the best summertime treat available.






3:30 p.m.
Hayes Auditorium

Meaning “to come together,” Convocation is a ceremonial gathering of the entire college community to acknowledge and usher in a new academic year. Note: All students should attend wearing special occasion or business dress.

New Student Class Photo  

Following Convocation
Tufts Tower

Class of 2028 unite! You are part of a new group now. Commemorate your membership with your new classmates by taking a group photo in the heart of campus. 

Frequently Asked Questions


    When can I start moving in?

    Fall season student-athletes begin move-in on Sunday, Aug. 11. Each team is assigned a specifc time slot (coming soon). 

    New and transfer students move in on Thursday, Aug. 15. Returning students move in on Saturday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, August 18. For each day, the following time slots are available for student move-in:

    • 8–10 a.m.
    • 10 a.m.–Noon
    • 1–3 p.m.

    Can I move in early? What if my roommate is moving in before me?

    Students can only move in on their specific arrival date and time. They cannot move-in early with their roommate/suitemate if their roommate/suitemate has an earlier time. A student will be charged $150 per night if they move in prior to their assigned move-in date.


    What should I bring? Are there items I cannot move in with me?

    We’re glad you asked! You can see the full list of items to bring and prohibited items here. 

    Items to bring: 

    • Bath towels and washcloths
    • Bed spread
    • Blankets
    • Computer/laptop
    • Ethernet cable
    • Fan
    • First aid supplies
    • Flashlight
    • General cleaning supplies
    • Laundry basket
    • Laundry detergent and dryer sheets
    • Pillows/pillow cases
    • Sheets (extra long twin)
    • Shower shoes and caddy
    • Storage crates
    • Toiletries
    • Towels
    • Trash can and bags
    • Umbrella

    Check with your roommate(s): 

    • Broom, mop, and small vacuum 
    • Carpet/area rug
    • Coffee maker (no exposed heat element)
    • Microwave
    • Refrigerator
    • TV
    List of Prohibited Items: 

    • Air conditioners
    • Candles/incense/wax melts
    • Ceramic heaters
    • Griddle or panini press
    • Hot plates
    • Nails/screws (allowed to use tacks and blue painters tape)
    • Plug in string lights
    • Toasters or toaster oven
    • Weapons
    • Other prohibited items as published in our Student Handbook 

    How can I hang up items in my residence hall room?

    Residents may only use painter’s tape, tacks, and pins to hang up items in their rooms. Command strips are not allowed.


    Can I take furniture out of my room?

    You are responsible for each item of furniture in your residence hall room and living spaces. Furniture must remain in assigned spaces and cannot be removed or stored in locations other than their assigned room.


    What’s the laundry situation?

    Washer and dryer units are provided in lobbies or designated locations for our residence halls, villages, and apartments. Our Residence Life staff are excited to provide education and strategies for students’ use of laundry facilities, how to share the washer and dryer units with others in the residence halls, and maintain healthy routines with laundry.

    What if I don’t get along with my roommate?

    Many individuals are nervous about not getting along with their roommate. Don’t worry, this is perfectly normal, and they may even feel the same way! It is important to communicate with your roommate early and often about your shared expectations for your room. If you need additional help about how to communicate with your roommate, ask your Resident Assistant (RA). 


    Can I bring my pet?

    Students are allowed to apply for a dog or cat to reside on campus with them in pet-friendly housing. The deadline for returning students has passed. The application deadline for new students will be announced soon. 

    Pet policy


    How do I get involved?

    Building relationships and making new friends in your residence hall is one of the best parts of your college experience.  You will see these individuals many times throughout the year, and your Resident Assistants are excited to create a sense of community on your floors and across campus. 

    Our Welcome Week events, residence life, and campus life programs offer excellent opportunities throughout the year to build a sense of belonging at Lees-McRae College. Also, we invite you to attend our Student Club Fair to learn about ways to get involved in student organizations across campus.

    Download the Involve app (Apple)

    Download the Involve app (Google Play) 

    View the events calendar


    How do I contact somebody for help?

    If you need assistance between the hours of 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., you may contact the Office of Student Affairs at 828.898.5241 or studentaffairs@lmc.edu. After 5 p.m., each area of campus has a Resident Assistant on duty which you may contact if you are in need of assistance. These numbers are posted throughout your residence hall. In case of an emergency, you may also contact Campus Police and Security 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 828.260.0505.


    How do I get my parking pass?

    Parking passes must be purchased ahead of time (more information to come). They will be available for pickup at your designated move-in time.

    What if I have more questions?

    Have a question that wasn't answered here? Review the Lees-McRae Student Handbook or reach out to the Office of Student Affairs.