About Lee University

Founded in 1918, Lee University. is a Private college. Located in Tennessee, which is a city setting in Tennessee, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 4,821 full time undergraduate students, and 481 full time graduate students.

The Lee University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 17:1. There are 175 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Lee University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate87%
Application Deadline
Application Fee25
SAT Range920-1180
ACT Range21-28

Admissions at are considered Less Selective, with ,76% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 39 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

77% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 51% were in the top quarter, and 22% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Lee University.

3%
“We”re apathetic”
29%
“We know about current events and vote”
68%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
1%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
5%
“Sometimes, but not often”
59%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
36%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
3%
“I only go out in groups”
28%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
69%
“I feel extremely safe”
26%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
51%
“We bought the gear”
23%
“We live for the big game”
5%
“It”s not really our thing”
5%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
33%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
56%
“We”re a very artistic group”
1%
“Haven”t met them”
1%
“Available in class”
40%
“They keep regular office hours”
57%
“They”re always available”
4%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
15%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
79%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
1%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
53%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
41%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
6%
“We only party on weekends”
0%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
44%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
55%
“There might be people who do”
1%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
3%
“We”re apathetic”
29%
“We know about current events and vote”
68%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
1%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
5%
“Sometimes, but not often”
59%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
36%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
3%
“I only go out in groups”
28%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
69%
“I feel extremely safe”
26%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
51%
“We bought the gear”
23%
“We live for the big game”
5%
“It”s not really our thing”
5%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
33%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
56%
“We”re a very artistic group”
1%
“Haven”t met them”
1%
“Available in class”
40%
“They keep regular office hours”
57%
“They”re always available”
4%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
15%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
79%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
1%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
53%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
41%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
6%
“We only party on weekends”
0%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
44%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
55%
“There might be people who do”
1%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Lee University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    148 Students rated on-campus housing 4.2 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    92 Students rated off-campus housing 4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    149 Students rated campus food 3.4 stars. 11 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    153 Students rated campus facilities 4.5 stars. 60 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    154 Students rated class size 4.6 stars. 63 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    151 Students rated school activities 4.3 stars. 50 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    153 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 43 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    153 Students rated academics 4.5 stars. 65 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Lee University?

98 Students rated Lee University

Andrew - 09/23/2022

It is an excellent example of a Christian school that upholds the faith while also engaging with difficult issues and prepares its students to live in a diverse and complex world. In spite of it being a school affiliated with the Church of God, there is a diverse community of ideas and backgrounds which fosters a wonderful community of love and encouragement.

Jessica - 07/31/2022

Lee is a pretty great place if you fit the mold. A lot of people at Lee think and act the same way, and it's pretty easy to not feel like you don't fit in. There are most likely other people like you, you just have to look a lot harder. If you want to major in STEM like me, you're probably better off at another school more equipped for it. Their main focus is their Pastoral Ministries and Music majors. It is a relatively safe campus, but it is open, so there is always ongoing potential for something to happen. The professors are very caring and accessible. Most are very understanding and will work with you on your situation. Overall it is a good school, but I probably would have chosen somewhere else based off of the little funding and attention STEM gets.

Hannah - 05/14/2022

Lee University is a good school; however, it is extremely expensive. Students tend to pay around $32,000 a year just to live on campus (mandatory first year or transfer year) and to attend college. That isn't including books you have to purchase after the beginning of classes either. The school doesn't provide students with many scholarship options to help them pay for schooling either. When I first had a success coach meeting and explained that I was stressed about the financial strain going to Lee would cause, I was simply told to "get another job" after I'm already working as hard as I can to save up to go to this school. I am extremely disappointed in their staff and how they've spoken to me about finances and really hope they don't tell everyone to just "get another job". That's unacceptable Lee, do better.

Kassidy - 01/29/2021

Lee University is such a great place to learn and build community. I have been challenged in ways that I never have been before, in a good way! My friends here are the best I've ever had and the professors are so supportive. I was told that professors would not care about you in college but that is not the case at Lee.

Lee University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Lee University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Lee University is 87%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Listen to your parents!! Take high school physics instead of choir or office aid. Take the hard teacher now while you have less responsibilities, because it will make the second time around (in college) a bit easier. Although high school seems hard, college is comletely different. High school teachers baby you. College professors know what it takes to succeed, so they push you harder. There are not many second chances, so you have to be organized and on time. Also, apply for as many scholarships as you can! It is not fun to try to work off those excessive college bills while trying to get used to college life. The essays will have been worth it when you don't have to work like crazy to do your homework and keep up with two jobs. Another thing: start healthy eating and exercise habits early. If you aren't used to making a daily work out a priority when your day is less full, you definitely won't find yourself in the gym with a college workload on your mind. It is important to have this habit since it will reduce your stress levels (and your growing waistline!) Good luck!

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  3. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    My school is very inviting, helpful, and friendly but can be somewhat boring at times.

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  4. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about Lee is how Christ-centered it is. Nearly everything done on campus is for God's glory, so in turn, everything on campus ends up being the best thing about Lee University. Students are taught how to show Christ's love here and how to do everything for the glory of the Kingdom. Even students who are not Christians feel loved and accepted because the professors and administration know how to show the love of Christ. The actual daily demonstration of Christ is the best thing about Lee.

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  5. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    Spend more time building relationships and less time hovering in your studies.

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  6. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The nature and expense of the mealplan is frustrating. Although there is good food as far as school cafeterias go, and a chick-fil-a, Dunkin' doughnuts, and Eintstein's Bagels, and Subway on campus where one can use a meal, the meal plan is expensive and only translates to about $4.00 when buying something from one of the on-campus food places.

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  7. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are excited to be a part of everything Lee offers.

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  8. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Every student is required to complete a cross-cultural experience. Most students choose to go on one of the international trips run by different professors from the school, however there is also an option to build your own cross-cultural experience. There are giudlines for how much time must be spent with those of another cultural background and daily events and reflection must be written and turned in for both school, and individually arranged experiences. Every student I've talked to about their cross-cultural experience(s) has said how much it changed him or her in extremely positive ways.

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  9. What kind of person should attend this school?

    The type of person who should attend Lee is a person who values highly their education, but also wants the college experience as a whole. College and the amazing reputation it has is made by students who get involved in things around campus and truly take on what it is to attend college. They do not sit in their room all day and keep to themselves, they seek to not only receive an education that is dreamed of, but to become the person they have dreamt of being their whole life. That's who someone becomes by attending Lee.

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  10. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Lee University is best known for its music and religion programs. But it also has great science, business, and education departments too. Lee is a Church of God affiliated school, and we have chapel on Sunday nights and Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

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  11. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Those that are not open minded to changing because this school has the amazing ability to change a person's life.

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  12. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The availability of classes is not cool at all. Some classes are only offered fall semester every other year, or something crazy like that, and you never know which ones they are and your advisor usually fails to tell you. The selection of summer classes is limited as well.

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  13. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I boast about how wonderful the atmosphere and worship is here at Lee University. It's like going to a church conference with your friends everyday. Fellow classmates, roommates, and teachers encourage you everyday with love and support. You feel God's presence in your life through the people here. It is said that Lee is one of the most extroverted campuses in the nation and it's clearly demonstarted to me on a day-to-day basis.

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  14. What are the academics like at your school?

    On a scale of 1-10, I give it 7.5 so far. Some classes (my major for example) are very challenging and require alot of reading. Others such as my Old Testament class, are simple enough that anyone could pass. Professors are GREAT thus far, and classes are reasonable in size and no TA's so far!!!! And yes, many do know you by name, so you are more than a number to most of them.

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  15. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Lee is a small (roughly 4200 students) liberal arts school in Cleveland, Tn. The surrounding town is pretty boring, but is growing each year. Chattanooga is only 30 min and Knoxville is about 1 hour, both of which offer alot more to do especially for UT football fans. Atlanta and Nashville are around 2-2.5 hours, and offer tons of recreation for when you have free time and money. The administration has been good so far, and were very helpful when I transfered in. The school itself is very clean and well kept, all of the buildings use matching architecture and several of them are brand new. They were short on housing this semester, so keep this in mind of you apply later in the year. parking is also an issue to a degree and commuting students should keep that in mind. School pride is quite evident, despite our lack of a football team. Basketball and soccer are huge, and we frequently play bigger schools and fare very well.

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  16. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    SMALL groups, sport activities and series of extra curriculum activities.

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  17. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    That we all love Jesus and will find our soul mates during our time at Lee. This is false. Not everyone on campus loves Jesus. Yes, people find their soul mates, but that's not a guarantee.

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  18. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    Somewhat. I'd say the majority are Christian, but only a relatively small amount are politically active. For the most part, I think most anybody except highly active left-wing progressives would be comfortable here.

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  19. What are the most popular classes offered?

    The must take class at Lee is American History with Barnett. You may walk in dreading history, but you'll walk out loving him and you'll have actually learned something...and you'll remember it.

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  20. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    I have yet to hear any, but if I had to guess some might be that they are all white, Southern, Christian, and Republican, given that Lee is a private liberal arts school in southeastern Tennessee.

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  21. Where is the best place to get work done on campus?

    The chapel in the library or the SMC

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Student Body

Students

61%

female

39%

male

4,821

Total Undergrad Enrollment

481

Total Grad Students

52%

Out-Of-State

45%

In-State

3%

International

Organizations

72

Student Organizations

4

Fraternities

6

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

47%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
1%
% Black or African-American
5%
% Hispanic/Latino
2%
% White or Caucasian
77%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

96% of students attending Lee University receive some sort of financial aid. 38% were awarded federal grants. While 84% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$15,770

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,200

Books and Supplies

$7,880

Room and Board

24,850

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$14,650
$30 - $48K
$14,852
$48 - $75K
$17,574
$75 - $110K
$19,307
$110K & UP
$18,563

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