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Lee University

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ADDRESS: 1120 N Ocoee Street City Cleveland
State TNZip 37320


Lee University

Cleveland, Tennessee

4-year, Regionally accredited

Affiliation: Church of God

Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's

Current enrollment at Lee University is about 5,300 including 4,600 undergraduates over 80% of whom attend fulltime.  Located on 106 acres in Cleveland, Tennessee, which is 30 miles northeast of Chattanooga, Lee University is sponsored by the Church of God and promotes what they refer to as Service-learning.  They emphasize Christian citizenship and take this very seriously – and the students love it!  A great number of positive remarks by Lee’s students puts it among the most admired colleges and universities we researched for our 2017 Best Value School Awards.

While bachelor and master degree programs in education, psychology and business are among the most popular of Lee’s 52 majors, their number one program by degrees awarded in 2015-16 is theology/religious vocations, which also offers bachelors and masters.  We saw that Lee has interesting bachelor programs in advertising/digital media/PR and in health services.  Some of the courses are available online but most are delivered in a campus classroom.

Net cost to attend, for first year fulltime students according to the Department of Education’s College Navigator website, is around $18,000.  We think this is very reasonable as financial aid for 96% of Lee’s students brings the sticker price of around $30,000 down to a much more manageable level.  Three-quarters of its students receive generous institutional grants and scholarships, so Lee University bends a bit to allow those who will benefit from a “Lee education” to attend.


What our Students are Saying...

"Lee University has a wonderful southern appeal and quality professors. Even with a plethora of clubs and activities Lee University manages to keep a small campus feel while maintaining a progressive attitude toward the future."

"Lee University has an atmosphere of friendliness and joy. Everything here is done with excellence; from the faculty, to chapels, to campus maintenance, to the students in various academic apartments. "

"I've been attending Lee University for a little over a month now and I am in love. The students and faculty are warm, welcoming, and helpful. I would give Lee a five star without thinking twice."