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"Lee University shines as a well-rounded, Christ-centered, liberal arts institution. With over 5,000 students,...

Lee University

Cleveland, Tennessee

Located in Cleveland, Tennessee, Lee University prides itself as a well-rounded, Christ-centered, liberal arts institution. With 52 majors and 121 academic programs, and more than 100 clubs and organizations to get involved in, Lee’s 5041 students have ample opportunities to grow and learn as they navigate through their college experience.


The majority of Lee’s professors hold Ph.D.s and are always willing to assist their students in any way they can. As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and a competitor of the Gulf South Conference (GSC), Lee University offers 18 team sports for their student athletes.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
5,041 undergraduate students
82% of undergrad students are full time
41% male — 59% female
49% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
168 full-time faculty
241 part-time faculty
18 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

51% of students live on campus, 18 residence halls (6 male, 11 female, 1 non-traditional)

School Location

Cleveland, Tennessee

Retention Fall 2014

80% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

54% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 4%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 5%
White 76%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 7%


NCAA Division II, Gulf South Conference

18 Varsity Sports
Men’s basketball, baseball, cross country, track, golf, tennis, soccer, and cheerleading
Women’s basketball, cross country, track, soccer, softball, tennis, golf, cheerleading, volleyball, and lacrosse
Over 20 intramural sports.

Mascot:  Flames
Colors: Maroon and White

Other Information

Lee University is a four-year, Christ-centered, liberal arts university, founded in 1918.

Academic Programs

Biological Science (Pre-Medical, Pre-Vet, Pre-Dental, Pre-Pharmacology, Teacher Licensure Grades 6-12)Chemistry (Teacher Licensure Grades 6-12)Health Science (Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant)Mathematics (Actuarial Science, Teacher Licensure Grades 6-12)

HELEN DEVOS COLLEGE OF EDUCATION: Early Childhood, Elementary & Special Education; Human Development (PreK- 3 Licensure, Asian Studies – Non Licensure, Business Emphasis – Non Licensure); Interdisciplinary Studies (K-6 Licensure); Middle Grades Education (6-8 Licensure); Special Education; Health, Exercise Science & Secondary Education (Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Physical Education, Health/Wellness Education, Teacher Licensure Grades K-12)

SCHOOL OF MUSIC: Music Performance; Musicianship Studies; Music Education; Church Music


SCHOOL OF RELIGION: Biblical & Theological Studies; Children’s Ministry; Discipleship Ministry; Intercultural Studies (Global Missiology, Urban Missions, Vocational Missiology)Pastoral Ministry; Youth Ministry

More Distinctions

  • "America's 100 Best College Buys"

  • U.S. News' "Great Schools, Great Prices"

  • Since the year 2000, Lee University has been listed in the Princeton Review ranking of "best colleges" in the South

  • Ranked #13 among the 20 Colleges Most Committed to Community Service by USA Today College in 2011

  • Ranked in the top 5 Study Abroad Programs by OPEN Doors

  • Lee University ranks second in the country among the top 40 Master's Colleges and Universities in the percentage of undergraduates receiving credit for studying abroad, according to OPEN Doors 2011

  • Lee University has been chosen for inclusion by the John Templeton Foundation to the Honor Roll for Character Building Colleges.

  • In 2012 Lee was ranked #2 as the top choice of universities for Valedictorian's in the Times Free Press area

At Lee, students will have many opportunities to gain hands-on experience in their field of study. Education majors, as well as all majors with a teacher licensure, will complete a semester’s worth of student teaching consisting of two six-week placements. Majors including Accounting, Business, Church Music, Intercultural Studies, Communication, Public Relations, Telecommunication, Theatre, Political Science, Athletic Training, Children’s Ministry, Discipleship Ministry, Youth Ministry, and Pastoral Ministry require at least one internship.

Study Abroad

All Lee students complete a trip to study abroad, experiencing life in other cultures while getting credit in their areas of study. OPEN Doors ranks Lee’s study abroad program as one of the top 5 in the nation. With over 30 trips to choose from, Lee students study abroad in places like Egypt, England, Scotland, China, Australia, Israel, South America, and more.

Service Learning

Lee prides itself on not only community service, but also a lifestyle of service learning. In 2011, Lee was ranked #13 among the 20 Colleges Most Committed to Community Service by USA Today College. Students will complete 80 hours of service during their four years at Lee. Service learning is an integral part of the Lee experience and the core of the University.

Applied Learning Through Service

With more than 50 classes that are service enhanced, Lee University faculty integrate service-learning within their courses. For example, the Public Relations class creates a campaign for a local non-profit; a drawing class makes portraits of people in an assisted care facility; and members of the Communication Capstone class do interviews and create videos of the life stories of people in assisted care.

Language Tutoring

Students in languages classes have a language café where they meet for two hours a week in small groups to speak with a thoroughly trained, native speaker using the forms and vocabulary they have covered in class.

Facilities for Higher Learning

Most of the computer labs on campus are “social labs” that are arranged to allow collaboration on projects and research. There is also a “war room” in the Business Department with a stock ticker and other instant financial information that students use to prepare for group presentations.

There is a writing studio for every ENGL 105 class. In the studio, students work collaboratively with peers to improve their writing skills under the guidance of a carefully trained junior or senior English major. All writing studios are seminar-style with enhanced technology.

All of the new buildings have group study spaces to encourage community, even while learning.

Honors Program

Kairos Scholars is one of the larger honors societies on campus. Through this group, students grapple with controversial and complex topics across disciplines.

Clubs & Organizations

With over 100 clubs on campus, it is easy to get involved. No matter what passion a student wants to pursue, they are guaranteed to find a club that is right for them. Clubs range in topic from social justice and service to honors and academic clubs.

Spiritual Life

Lee University believes that spiritual growth is vital to a well-rounded college experience. Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, the campus comes together to worship and hear from challenging speakers such as Louie Giglio, Reggie Dabbs, Ravi Zacharias, and Jentezen Franklin, along with local pastors and Lee faculty.. Lee also sets aside a week each semester to refocus on Christ and gather as a community of believers. This week, called Convocation, is dedicated to campus-wide spiritual renewal.

Beyond Campus Walls

Lee University is located just 30 minutes from the Ocoee River. The area offers whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, hiking trails, and rock climbing. Chattanooga, TN, is just 30 minutes in the opposite direction, offering numerous professional opportunities as well as concert venues, movie theaters, retail stores, parks, and restaurants.


Many majors—including those in business, communication, political science, religion, and the arts—require that each of their students complete at least one internship before graduating.

A Mission for Success

Lee prepares students for success after college by using five benchmark points:

  • Level of academic challenge: Challenging intellectual and creative work is central to student learning and collegiate quality. Lee promotes high levels of student achievement by emphasizing the importance of academic effort and setting high expectations for student performance.
  • Active and collaborative learning: Students learn more when they are intensely involved in their education and are asked to think about and apply what they are learning in different settings. During their time at Lee they will collaborate with others in solving problems and mastering difficult material to prepare them to deal with the messy, unscripted problems they will encounter daily during and after college.
  • Student-Faculty interaction: Students at Lee interact with faculty members both in and out of the classroom, seeing first-hand how experts think about and solve practical problems. As a result, their professors become role models, mentors, and guides for continuous, lifelong learning.
  • Enriching educational experiences: Inside and outside the classroom, students at Lee receive complementary learning opportunities to augment their academic programs. Internships, community service, and senior capstone courses provide students with opportunities to synthesize, integrate, and apply their knowledge. Such experiences make learning more meaningful and, ultimately, more useful. What students know becomes a part of who students are.

Supportive campus environment: Lee is committed to the success of its students, cultivating positive working and social relations among different groups on campus.


Admissions Fall 2014

1,745 Total Applicants
1,554 Total Admissions
756 Total Freshmen Enrollment

89.05% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 450 590
SAT Math 420 540
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 21 27
ACT Math 19 26
ACT English 21 29
ACT Writing    

Application Information

Lee University accepts students on a rolling admission basis and considers all aspects of the student’s application. Applicants can apply at http://www.applytolee.com. An application is considered complete when Lee has received:

  • Admissions Application
  • ACT/SAT scores
  • Official High School Transcripts
  • $25 Application Fee


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $13,680
Fees $600
Total $14,280
Room and Board (on campus) $7,520
Room Only $4,160
Board Only $3,360
Estimated Total On Campus $21,800


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

95% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
51% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$11,231 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$7,198 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates


Lee offers merit based scholarships, endowment scholarships, and three automatic, academic scholarships. The academic scholarships include:

  • Centennial Scholarship: 32-36 ACT score or 1400-1600 SAT score. This scholarship covers full tuition freshman year and has the potential to carry over based on the student’s GPA.
  • Presidential Scholarship: 27-31 ACT score or 1230-1390 SAT score. This scholarship covers full tuition freshman year.
  • Dean’s Scholarship: 24-26 ACT score or 1120-1220 SAT score. This scholarship covers half tuition freshman year.


*Scores exclude the writing portion of the test. 
Lee also accepts outside scholarships, loans, and grants.

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