Lees-McRae College

Banner Elk, NC 28604

Lees-McRae College is one of the 49 private 4-year, not-for-profit colleges in North Carolina. Its campus is small in size and located in the rural town of Banner Elk. The institution offers only undergrad degree programs.

In the 2017 fall enrollment, 204 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 131 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 64%).

Every year 32% of students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their respective studies.

Lees-McRae College's in-state tuition for 2017-2018 academic year was $24,878, and fees were $1,000. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $24,878 and $1,000 respectively.


Campus LocaleDistant Rural
Campus SizeSmall
Student to Faculty Ratio12:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate64%

Nursing Programs Offered

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 7 88

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1953 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/28/2002 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Neither required nor recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $35
Graduates --

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$710/credit
In State Students$710/credit
Out of State Students$710/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $31,950 $31,950 $31,950
ADN 70 $49,700 $49,700 $49,700
BSN 125 $88,750 $88,750 $88,750
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of Lees-McRae College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 43% $5,031
Other Federal Grant 10% $2,056
State Grant & Scholarships 43% $4,775
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 100% $15,151
Federal Student Loans 64% $6,202
Private Loans 7% $14,743


Average Net Price/year
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$17,018
$30,001 to $48,000$17,342
$48,001 to $75,000$16,046
$75,001 to $110,000$19,562
Over $110,000$14,026

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and North Carolina state board of nursing.

Lees-McRae College
191 Main Street
Banner Elk, NC 28604

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