Lees McRae College

Overview of Lees McRae College

Lees - McRae is found in Banner Elk, NC. Banner Elk is a rural area. Applicants to the school are attracted by its Presbyterian Church (USA) identity. Lees - McRae is a private, not-for-profit institution. Students can earn degrees up to and including the Bachelor's degree at the school.

Areas of Study

Lees - McRae is known for its programs in drama and performing arts, education and teaching, nutrition and exercise therapy.

Lees - McRae Selectivity

Admission to the school is not automatic; not everyone who applies gets in. Three quarters of students in 2007-2008 had SAT verbal scores of at least 420. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 430 and 530.

Student Body

Students numbered 882 in 2007-2008 at the school.

Student Life

Lees - McRae has a residential or campus feel. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Lees - McRae offers students meal plans. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference, Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference. Lees - McRae offers athletic financial aid to more of its students than do most colleges.

The school reports its educational mission is:
"A Presbyterian-affiliated institution founded in 1900 to serve the educational needs of the Southern Appalachian region, Lees-McRae College continues to provide a quality, values-based education in an ecumenical environment, inspiring and enabling individuals to contribute to a changing society with integrity and civic responsibility. Through a curriculum rooted in a liberal arts core and emphasizing leadership and service, graduates obtain knowledge, skills, and a holistic understanding of themselves and the world."

More complete details are provided below.

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Contacting Lees - McRae

Lees-McRae College
275 College Drive
Banner Elk , NC 28604-0128

Lees - McRae Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching85elementary school teaching, drama and dance teaching
Security and Law Enforcement38criminology
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy17health and physical education, sports and fitness management, athletic trainer
Nursing and Emergency Medicine15registered nursing
Medicine10pre-med, pre-veterinary
Conservation and Resource Management8forest sciences, wildlife management
Liberal Arts7English, humanities, international studies, interdisciplinary studies, sociology, history
Business and Management7business management
Drama and Performing Arts5drama
Design5graphic design
Therapy and Counseling5psychology
Religion and Philosophy1religion
Computer Science and Engineering1computer and info science
Media0communication studies

Number of programs and degrees for Lees - McRae in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree21126

Lees - McRae Student Body

In 2007-2008, Lees - McRae had a total enrollment of 882 students (854 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 60%
Black 5%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 28%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 38%
20-21 25%
22-24 16%
25-29 5%
30-34 4%
35-39 4%
40-49 5%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Lees - McRae Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 61 %

Lees - McRae Room and Board (2007)

Lees - McRae offers campus housing for 592 of its 854 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Banner Elk, North Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other North Carolina Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Lees - McRae Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal420520
SAT Math430530
SAT Writing420520
ACT Verbal1724
ACT Math1823
ACT Composite1924

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT74%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT23%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Lees - McRae Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 20,500
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 20,500
Room and board $ 7,000
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 3,145

Financial Aid:
Lees - McRae participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 293900)

Lees - McRae Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2727

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*0*
Associate professorcalendar year2*0*
Assistant professorcalendar year0*3$50,015
All faculty totalcalendar year3$57,8333$50,015

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year5$53,4964$53,781
Associate professoracademic year6$46,2801*
Assistant professoracademic year7$39,3379$41,639
Instructoracademic year5$44,4579$40,233
Lectureracademic year1*1*
All faculty totalacademic year24$44,40824$42,790

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Lees - McRae Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference
Track Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports6343106

Lees - McRae Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Forest Sciences and Biology
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Elementary Education and Teaching

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International/Global Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Pre-Veterinary Studies

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Security And Law Enforcement

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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Lees - McRae Highlights

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What Sets Lees - McRae Apart:

% of degrees in drama and performing arts
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% of degrees in education and teaching
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% students on athletic fin. aid
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Top 7%Lees - McRae % students on athletic fin. aid
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 7%Lees - McRae Dorm rooms per full-time student
Number of degree programs
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 13%Lees - McRae Number of degree programs
% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Lees - McRae % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
Number of students
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 18%Lees - McRae Number of students

checked Presbyterian Church (USA) affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career counseling
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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