MONITORING CORONAVIRUS: To minimize risks to the entire community, operations have been modified with the health and welfare of students, faculty, and staff as the top priority.


The college is closed to the general public. Faculty and staff are available by phone and email during regular business hours. 

The Exchange Bookstore is closed. Bookstore staff will be available to assist students and faculty with course materials by email at or phone at 828.898.8728.

All visitors and vendors must contact Campus Safety and Security at 828.898.8756. 

Events (NEW)

As North Carolina plans to lift stay at home restrictions in phases over the next several weeks, the college has canceled all summer conferencing and events including the Lees-McRae Summer Theatre season and the remainder of the FORUM season.

This announcement extends the previous July 1 closure through the remainder of the summer until classes resume in the fall. At this time, the college plans to resume all in-person classes and events in August.

In addition to the popular community programs, all other summer events are canceled. This includes the New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW) summer session, Frolic alumni weekend, and both academic and athletic camps. The college community membership program will also remain suspended until the fall.

The three shows previously planned for the Lees-McRae Summer Theatre 2020 season—The Drowsy Chaperone, America’s Artist: The Norman Rockwell Story, and Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical—will be postponed to summer 2021.

Ticket refund information for Lees-McRae Summer Theatre will be shared at FORUM patrons will be contacted directly regarding refunds.

For all other Lees-McRae event-related questions, please contact Director of Events and Meetings Jesse Shuler at or 828.898.3652.

May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

The May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is closed to the public. Saturday presentations have been suspended indefinitely. Injured animals are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please call 828.898.2568 prior to arrival.

Community Membership

The community membership program and the associated access to the Dotti M. Shelton Learning Commons, the Broyhill Wellness Center, and the Rhea-Lyons Indoor Swimming Pool has been suspended indefinitely. Members should contact the Office of Student Affairs at or 828.898.8797 for more information. 

Two cases of COVID-19 have been documented in Avery County. Visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) dashboard for additional information about transmission in the state.


Prevention Tips

Follow infectious disease guidelines:

  • Avoid large crowds and maintain distance from others
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces

Individuals who feel sick should isolate themselves at home and avoid entering campus facilities until being cleared by a healthcare provider.


Helpful Links

NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS)

Get updates by texting COVIDNC to 898211.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)


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Prospective Students


The Office of Campus Safety and Security is available 24/7 at 828.898.8756.