Oct. 14, 2014. Facing fierce competition from the collegiate marketplace, Lees-McRae College is pleased to report an overall enrollment for fall 2014 of 941 students, up from 890 students in 2013. This marks a 6 percent enrollment growth for the second consecutive year. In addition to this growth, the college has also experienced an 11 percent increase in its retention rate in the last two years.
At the start of the fall 2014 semester, 661 students were enrolled on the main Banner Elk campus, 280 students were enrolled through extended campus and online learning programs hosted at Mayland Community College, Western Piedmont Community College, Surry Community College or online. The college began offering full online degree completion programs in Spring 2014 and in just two semesters, online learning students now account for 14 percent of the total enrollment.
“Growing enrollment at Lees-McRae has been a top priority,” commented Ginger Hansen, vice president of enrollment management and communications. “More and more students are realizing that Lees-McRae College is a great fit for fulfilling their academic and professional goals. A growth in enrollment only increases our ability to provide outstanding opportunities for the entire college community.”
The start of the Fall 2014 semester also brought several new programs including pre-licensure nursing (pending NCBON approval), emergency medical services and management, human services and history.
For more information about these programs or applying to Lees-McRae, please visit www.lmc.edu/admissions.
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Lees-McRae College is a private, four-year college offering diverse baccalaureate degrees, strong athletic programs and outstanding faculty. With 950 students hailing from 31 states and more than eight countries, Lees-McRae’s broad core curriculum is enhanced by field-specific career preparation and experiential learning. For more information, please visit www.lmc.edu or call 828-898-5241.