Banner Elk, NC
Lees-McRae College


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Recent Reviews

James
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Great place to be and the scenery is beautiful. I would encourage other students in the future to apply for the experience. T...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Great place to be and the scenery is beautiful. I would encourage other students in the future to apply for the experience. There is so much wildlife here and also there is a beautiful waterfall. The snow here is also amazing, but you want to make sure that you bundle up.

Kayla
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Lees-McRae College is a fun campus and area to be around. Located in Banner Elk, NC between two ski slopes and thirty minutes...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Lees-McRae College is a fun campus and area to be around. Located in Banner Elk, NC between two ski slopes and thirty minutes above Boone, you can always find something to do even if it involves driving there. Build in 1900, the campus is full of history and it's reflected everywhere. The scenery is perfect, fall being the best time since the mountains surround campus. Professors are always around if you need help, you can contact them if you need help or they will point you to someone who can. It's a lovely school with a great environment.

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

Start saving money as earlly as you can to help out with your living expenses and books for college. Don't be afraid to get o...

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

Start saving money as earlly as you can to help out with your living expenses and books for college. Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and make new friends and try new things. Study hard every night and take every test and quiz seriously. Become friends with your professors and make sure to stay on there good side. Oh and make sure you buy a lot of winter clothes, it snows a lot up here and is rarely over forty degrees.

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

Lees McRae College offers a wide variety of academic courses and a wide range of activities for all students, and the college...

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

Lees McRae College offers a wide variety of academic courses and a wide range of activities for all students, and the college also offers excellent online opportunities for students that are not able to attend the campus classes; therefore, students can work, raise children, and attend classes online from home or any other location with internet access.

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

I would tell my younger self to think about the choices she makes very carefully, because the choices we make today will impact our lifes in negative or positive ways in the future. I would also warn myself that life is filled with unexpected trials and hardships, and education is a gift that opens the doors of opportunities to overcome the obstacles in life, so we can reach our goals and acheive our highest potential in the future. I would then stress to my younger self that I know what the path ahead of her holds, and I want only the best for my younger self and myself today as well. Therefore, I would ask that she take my advice to continue her education, because she has hidden talents and abilities that she has not realized yet, and through education and life experience, she will be an asset to society and will inspire others as well. Before parting ways with my younger self, I would encourage her to believe in herself, and never listen to any discouraging words that others might speak, because she is smart and strong, and she can achieve all goals that she sets in life.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Even though, Lees McRae College assists online students with a generous tuition grant, I still have some frustration with is the ability to cover the costs of paying for continuing my education; therefore, I am working hard at keeping my GPA high, and I am seeking scholarships to cover College expenses and to pay student loans.

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

I would tell myself to pick one school and stick with it. Make sure you do plenty of research and go to a four year universi...

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

I would tell myself to pick one school and stick with it. Make sure you do plenty of research and go to a four year university right out of high school. Being twenty two years old and seeing all of your friends graduating, while you still have many years of school left, is pretty upsetting.

What's unique about your campus?

If I had to pick something, I guess I'd say the location because the scenery is beautiful.

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

I don't brag about anything. I am displeased with this school and am transferring to another school in the fall.

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

If I could go back in time and have a talk with my senior self, there would be a fairly interesting conversation had. Gettin...

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

If I could go back in time and have a talk with my senior self, there would be a fairly interesting conversation had. Getting to see myself before the overwhelming consumption of Top Ramen, I'm sure I would start this conversation with a "Roz, ya look good." And then I would go on to say, "Roz...what were you thinking?! The slacking and the procrastination you so enjoy in high school now is definitely a step and a hop down the wrong path if you want to make it big in college. I, you're future self, forbid you to finish one more essay, project and/or solve your last equations at 11:59pm the night before it's due. Because doll, if you think your professors will be just as laxed as your high school babysitters, you might as well just stay home. Oh and for future reference, when you get your car (which will be soon, calm down) getting to school on time means getting there 20 minutes before (parking lots are killers). Oh and kid, be yourself. Remember, everyone here is trying to make it! That just means you have to do your best BETTER.

Sheila
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Lees McRae is known for letting adult students attend their school. As an adult you can go to school, work and have a family ...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Lees McRae is known for letting adult students attend their school. As an adult you can go to school, work and have a family all at the same time. I enjoy going to their satelitte campus and learning. I like the hands on experience of all the instructors at Lees McRae.

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

I would tell myself to make better grades and care more about my education. Also, I would tell myself to continue my education.

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

I brag that even though I graduated high school in 1984 that I graduated with High Honors at Catawba Valley Community College in 2013. Also, I brag about being the frst one in my family to get a degree.

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

That it would be as expensive as it is. That my credits would not transfer out. That the winters would be so cold!

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

That it would be as expensive as it is. That my credits would not transfer out. That the winters would be so cold!

What's unique about your campus?

Small comunity and beautiful surroundings. It is such a small school you get one-on-one help whenever you need it.

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

Hello dear, I know you're eager, excited, and terrified, but please here me out for just a little while. You're about to embark on a roller coaster of an experience. Think the most twisty-turny-topsy-turvy roller coaster you can imagine. Think Frodo's journey to Mordor; It's going to be difficult! There are times when you are going to feel depressed. You will have panic attacks, and they will be scary, but you will make it through. You will find out people are not always what they seem, for better and for worse. You will get your feelings hurt, and your heart broken, but I will tell you something; you will make it through! You will make friends that will lift you up. You will surprise yourself and do things you didn't realize you could do. Most importantly, you will discover how strong you are! I know that sounds crazy, but you will see. Believe that you are strong, because just like Frodo, with the help of your fellowship, and the strength within yourself that were unaware of, you will make it through!

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

Man those were the days! If I could even begin to think of what advice that I would give to myself it would be to go above an...

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

Man those were the days! If I could even begin to think of what advice that I would give to myself it would be to go above and beyond my expectations, even more so that I was doing. I was always a people pleaser and wanted to achieve high grades in anything, as I was very competitive. I would now look back and encourage myself to attend an early college program to go ahead and get some college pre-requisites out of the way, that way I would go into college already taking college classes, which would assist me in knowing the college process and put me ahead of the "pack". I would also be more active in clubs and societies as the majoity of scholarships require you to have this under your belt and it would give me a sense of understanding of why the club was put into place. I would be an advocate for students with disabilities and encourage them to persue education to the fullest of their abilities. When I was in school we were pretty much apart from this population and I feel that they need to be intergrated to learn more.

What's unique about your campus?

My school is a very people oriented school that offers the working nurse to attend school and obtain their degree one night per week, which in turn is extremely convenient for the full time working nurse. I would recommend this program to any associate degree nurse wanting to persue their careers further. Along with the great flexibility they also are very understanding to their students and go above and beyond to assist us as students in any way that they can. I am never nervous about asking questions if I ever have any and that means a lot.

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

Everyone here is really nice even the professors, you see almost everyone everyday because the school is so small, also the v...

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

Everyone here is really nice even the professors, you see almost everyone everyday because the school is so small, also the view is amazing.

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

What I have gotten out of my college experience so far would have to be great friends. From the very first day we met we all have gotten along really well. If you act different from them and do not always have the same view on things, they still accept you for who you are. College has been valuable to attend because it has already allowed me to grow more independent and step away from my parents protection. College has also allowed me to become my own person and has shown me who I really am away from my comfort zone and how well I stick with what I believe in.

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

The worse thing about the school would be if you do not want to see a certian person, you will have to try really hard to avoid them because the school is so small.

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