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Lees-McRae is a four-year, coeducational residential college offering diverse baccalaureate degrees, 19 strong athletic programs and outstanding faculty. With 20 majors and 13 minors, our challenging intellectual environment has something for every student.

From Wildlife Biology to a Cycling Studies minor, our unique offerings are perfectly suited for our precious environment. An Honors Program and five honors societies provide scholarly exchange for gifted students. Click here to learn more about all of the academic programs available.

Located in the town of Banner Elk, nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, LMC has the highest elevation of any college campus east of the Mississippi. Boasting an invigorating and healthful climate, the Appalachian region is an outdoor enthusiast's dream. Area attractions include Grandfather Mountain, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Pisgah and Cherokee National Forests, Beech and Sugar Mountain Ski Resorts, and much more.

Lees-McRae College is Private Yet Affordable. We all worry about cost. That’s why Lees-McRae College works hard to ensure affordability for students and families. Lees-McRae College is one of the region's most affordable private colleges, with tuition costs 10 percent less than other private institutions in North Carolina.

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