Lees–McRae College is a private four-year college in Banner Elk, North Carolina affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Lees–McRae College has the highest elevation of any college or university in the United States east of the Mississippi River at 3,720 feet (1,130 m) above sea level. It is one of the few colleges to be named after two women, Suzanna Lees and Elizabeth McRae. In 2005, Lees-McRae became the first expansion site for New Opportunity School for Women, a program that helps educate and employ women in Appalachia.
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