Lees-McRae College: Narrative Description

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PO Box 128
Banner Elk, NC 28604-0128
Tel: (828)898-5241; 800-280-4562; Admissions: (828)898-3432; Fax: (828)898-8814; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site: http://www.lmc.edu/

Description: Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1900. Setting: 400-acre rural campus. Endowment: $15.4 million. Total enrollment: 792. 799 applied, 79% were admitted. 7% from top 10% of their high school class, 19% from top quarter, 54% from top half. Full-time: 762 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 30 students, 90% women, 10% men. Students come from 31 states and territories, 20 other countries, 38% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 6% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 18% 25 or older, 70% live on campus, 16% transferred in. Retention: 58% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; biological/life sciences; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Duke University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: essay. Required for some: recommendations, interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 8/15. Notification: continuous until 8/30.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $19,940 includes full-time tuition ($14,340), mandatory fees ($160), and college room and board ($5440). College room only: $2550. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $431 per hour.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 19 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Students Against a Vanishing Environment, CATCH, Order of the Tower, Student Ambassadors. Major annual events: homecoming, Spring Fling, Mountain Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. 560 college housing spaces available; 500 were occupied in 2002-03. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. James H. Carson Library with 88,756 books and 429 serials. 60 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Banner Elk is in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, 100 miles from Charlotte and 83 miles northeast of Asheville. Elk River is nearby for trout fishing, and during the winter there is sufficient snow for outdoor winter sports.

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