Experiential learning–it's what we do.

All of our academic programs are designed to give students the best possible preparation for their futures by providing them with hands-on training in real-world situations.  Our students conduct research alongside faculty at the Elk Valley Preserve and Field Station, operate Wildcat Lake during the summer, produce student literary journals, participate in mock trials at the county courthouse, and so much more. Each of these experiences brings the information learned in the classroom to life in way students will never forget.


When you give to Lees-McRae, you give opportunity. You give education. You give experience. You give a future.

Browse the campus designations below and click any tile to make a gift to that fund.

The Legacy Campaign

The acquisition of the nearly 500-acres now known as South Campus at Grandfather Home allows the college to broaden our educational reach, revolutionize our dynamic learning environment, and protect our natural resources. 

The Fund for Lees-McRae

The Fund for Lees-McRae, our unrestricted and operating support fund, helps provide for the college’s highest priorities such as scholarships for students, resources for academic programs, and upgrades for living and learning facilities. 


From individual programs to the distinct schools themselves—our students collaborate across disciplines and experience learning outside the classroom. Support the next generation of learners. 

Bobcat Club

Assist our student-athletes and contribute to their development on and off the field. Donations to the Bobcat Club fund academic and athletic enhancements, as well as facility improvements.

Friends of Wildlife

Help the students, faculty, and staff of the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Lees-McRae College—stewards of our natural environment—as they care for injured animals.

Summer Theatre

Keep high quality, professional theatre alive and well in the High Country. Assistance enables the annual production of three full musicals and a Theatre for Young Audience program.

We're here to help!

There are many ways to support the Lees-McRae community! Every gift counts and helps us provide more opportunities to students, faculty and the greater Banner Elk Community. We invite you to explore  your giving options here or contact us at 828.898.8763 or

President's Circle


Since its inception, Lees-McRae College has been a place of growth and opportunity. As a member of the President’s Circle, you help us fulfill our mission to serve students and stay true to our motto - In the mountains, Of the mountains, for the mountains. Thank you for your leadership and commitment to Lees-McRae.


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