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.


All classes, both on the main campus in Banner Elk and those held at Surry Community College, will take place through remote instruction for the remainder of the academic year. Students will receive information from their respective instructors through Brightspace, the college’s learning management system. 

Summer Classes

Online summer classes will continue as scheduled. Registration is open. Faculty are working on alternative arrangements for any summer courses that previously required a brief campus residency. Students registered for those courses will receive communication from the instructors. Wildlife Rehabilitation students will be contacted by their instructor regarding the completion of on-campus clinical time in the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.  


During remote instruction, learning and support resources can be accessed online. 

Shelton Learning Commons
Burton Center for Student Success

Course Materials

Barnes & Noble has joined VitalSource to provide free access to eTextbooks through the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. View the list of publishers

To return books at the end of the semester, students can print a pre-paid UPS return label and return all rentals. Residential students may return books during their scheduled move-out time slot May 1–10 or June 6, 7, and 13. Students who do not wish to return books in person can still mail in their books.

The Exchange Bookstore (Barnes & Noble) is closed. Bookstore staff will be available to assist students by email at or phone at 828.898.8728.

Campus Housing

All student housing is closed. Students are prohibited from returning to campus until their designated move-out day and time.  

The college is working with local health authorities to develop plans concerning move-out from campus residences. Students may return to campus to move out of their residences on June 6, 7, and 13, or during newly added dates May 1–10. In order to minimize physical contact, timeslots have been staggered and a limited number of individuals will be allowed on a residential floor at one time. 

Students should register for a timeslot even if the previous form was used to request a June move-out date. 


Frequently Asked Questions


    What if I already selected a time in June to move out but would rather move out in May?

    Even if you filled out a form for June move, please fill out this new May move-out form to indicate if you would like to keep your original date or change to an earlier one.

    What if I show up before my selected time?

    You will not be permitted to enter your residence hall until your registered time.

    What if I can’t come in May or June?

    If you are unable to come on the available dates, we can box your items and store them for the summer. You can then collect your belongings on move-in day in August.

    I'm from out of state and need to stay overnight. Where do I stay?

    Hotels are prohibited from allowing none essential workers from booking reservations in Avery County. If you need to stay overnight, consider June move out dates. While we are trying to accommodate earlier move-out dates, doing so should be done in compliance with local health and safety orders.

    What if I have damages in my room when I move out?

    Minor damages and housekeeping are waived in order to expedite move-out. Major damages will be assessed by college staff during the summer months.

    How do I check in for my move-out timeslot?

    There is no check in. Students should go directly to their rooms to begin retrieving their belongings. Students should print the registration ticket for their timeslot and leave it visibly in each car they bring to campus.

    How do I check out for my move-out timeslot?

    An express checkout form will be on your room door. Fill out the form and place it and your key in the drop box located at the front entrance to your residence hall.

    Is my family allowed to come into the building with me to help me move out?

    The number of people allowed in a building is limited—each student may be accompanied by two other people in the residence.

    What safety requirements do I need to follow?

    Students and other visitors to campus should follow the following safety requirements set forth by Avery County and the state of North Carolina:

    • Maintain physical distance (at least 6 feet) from others.
    • Wear gloves and a face mask to protect yourself and others.
    • Wash hands frequently.
    • Do not come if you are unwell or have a cough or fever.

    Can I visit other buildings?

    No. While college operations are continuing during regular business hours, campus facilities are locked. Students (and other visitors to campus) should only enter their own residence hall.


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.

Check The Den daily and @leesmcraestudentlife on Instagram to stay current on events and programs that you can participate in virtually.

The Commencement ceremony for the class of 2020 will be postponed. A virtual celebration will be held on May 8 in recognition of the senior's accomplishmentsAn in-person Commencement ceremony will be held during Homecoming festivities this fall.  

Advising and Registration

Advising and registration for the Fall 2020 semester begins on Monday, March 23. See the schedule below for specific dates. Class level is based upon completed hours at the end of the 2019 Fall semester.

  • March 23–27: Seniors (90+ hours completed)
  • March 30–April 3: Juniors (60–89 hours completed)
  • April 6–14: Sophomores (30–59 hours completed)
  • April 15–21: Freshmen (1–29 hours completed)

How to Register

The Fall 2020 schedule is now available in Montibus. Click here for instructions on planning and registering for classes. Once you have planned your courses for the Fall 2020 semester, email your advisor. Once your schedule is approved by your advisor, you are then able to register for your classes in Montibus.

Please note the following:

  • If you have not confirmed your emergency contact information, address, and phone number, you must complete these steps before you can move forward with registration.
  • If you have a balance due on your student account, you will receive this message: “Please contact Student Accounts to resolve your account.” Student Accounts can be reached at or 828.898.8759.
  • Although you will be able to plan your course schedule, you will not be able to register for classes until your account balance is zero.

Student Accounts and Payment Plan

Once registered, please review your tuition and fee charges in Montibus. You can download your account statement in Montibus under Student Finances > Account Activity. Paper bills will no longer be mailed. Please review the Student Accounts webpage for important tuition and fee payment due dates, payment plan information, and refund policies.

A monthly payment plan option is now provided by Nelnet Campus Commerce. You must be registered before you can enroll in the payment plan. Learn more about the payment plan here.

With questions, contact the Registrar at


In an effort to support students, counseling services will be offered remotely. The counseling staff is available to conduct sessions by using a HIPPA compliant, confidential program that can be utilized through computer or smartphone. This service is for existing center clients as well as students who are not clients presently.

If you are interested in scheduling a session, please email Counseling Director Marla Gentile at

Technology Resources

Lees-McRae provides students access to Office 365 on up to five personal computers. The full suite of Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook can be installed on your personal PC or Mac at no cost. Licensing for the software is tied to your college email account and software keys or special codes are not required.

Microsoft provides a detailed set of instructions here

Dining Services

All dining facilites, including MacDonald Dining Hall, Wily’s Bar & Grill, The POD, and Einstein Bros. Bagels, are closed. 

CARES Act/HEERF Emergency Grants

Congress established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) as a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The college received a portion of this funding to assist students who face financial hardships due to the disruption of campus operations associated with COVID-19.

Learn how the CARES Act/HEERF Emergency Grants have been administered

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)


Information For:


Prospective Students


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