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Lees-McRae College

Check whether Lees-McRae College is right for you as an international student.

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Banner Elk , USA
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Study abroad at Lees-McRae College

Lees-McRae College is an ambitious institution located in the US town of Banner Elk. The College’s campus is found high in North Carolina’s mountainous region, making it the highest elevated campus on the east coast.

Students don’t just reach geographical heights at Lees-McRae, but educational ones too. The College offers an impressive selection of undergraduate, graduate, and online programs.

From traditional programs like education and nursing, to more niche courses like ski industry business and wilderness medicine, you’re sure to find the program for you at Lees-McRae.

The campus boasts stunning views, fascinating wildlife, and excellent learning facilities. It’s also home to 23 competitive athletics teams, known as the Bobcats. Men and women battle it out in sports including volleyball, basketball, and soccer.

Why study at Lees-McRae?

  • Student-staff ratio

    The student-staff ratio of 13:1 ensures you receive a tailored learning experience

  • Affordable

    Tuition fees at Lees-McRae are 15% lower than other private institutions in North Carolina

  • Financial support

    95% of students are granted scholarships, grants, or loans

  • Experiential learning

    You’ll be encouraged to apply what you’ve learned to real-world settings

Life as an international student

Lees-McRae is home to a diverse student population, with 19 different nationalities currently represented on campus. Staff at the College are committed to helping you settle into college life and reach your full potential.

You’ll benefit from a range of top-quality support services, including counseling, healthcare, and technological assistance. You can also take advantage of the various academic and athletic scholarships specifically targeted at international students.

All international students are guaranteed housing at one of Lees-McRae’s exceptional accommodation offerings. Options include residence halls, apartments, cottages, suites, and houses. Staying on campus is one of the best ways to meet new friends and enjoy an authentic American college experience.

Student Life & Facilities

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  • Fitness Centre
    • Climbing Walls
    • Machines
    • Free Weights
  • No. of All Weather Sports Pitches
    • No. of Baseball Pitches
    • No. of volleyball courts
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Campus Pharmacy
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
  • Sports Facilities
    • Sport facilities
    • No. of Natural Turf Soccer Pitches
  • Tutoring Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support

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Funding and Fees

Tuition - US$26,490 per year

Pinncle Academic Scholarship - Merit based scholarships Average amount - US$3,000 - $12,000 per year

Athletic Scholarship - Based upon athletic performance and ability at the discretion of the coaches

Elizabeth McRae Scholarship: Awarded by Lees-McRae, this scholarship covers full tuition for a full-time student. Two scholarships are available for freshmen entering the college in the fall semester. Recipients are chosen from all students invited to attend Scholars Day—an event in the spring that includes an interview and essay competition, with the top two performers selected as recipients. The scholarship is renewable for four years as long as the recipient(s) maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. Amount - US$26,490 per year

Honors Program Scholarship: Awarded to students who qualify for and participate in the Honors Program Amount: US$2,000 per year

Humanities Scholarship: The Lees-McRae Humanities Scholarship is designed to assist incoming undergraduate students on the main campus planning to major in English, history, or religious studies. Two students will be selected to receive a $2,000 scholarship that is renewable as long as the student remains enrolled at Lees-McRae. The student must remain in good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA and have declared a humanities major of English, history, or religious studies. Amount: US$2,000 per year

Theater Arts Scholarship: Available to students interested in all areas of theatre arts, scholarships range from $1,000–$5,000 and require an audition or interview. Amount: US$1,000 - $5,000 per year


Lees-McRae College

191 Main Street, Banner Elk, NC 28604, USA

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Banner Elk is a student stunning town, with all the amenities of a much larger US city.

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