Lee University

1120 N Ocoee St, Cleveland, TN 37311

School Details

Lee University is a four-year private school located in Cleveland, Tennessee. The school was established in 1918 as a Bible Training School until 1947 when the name was changed to Lee College. The school was granted university status in 1997. Lee has become one of the largest Christ-centered private institutions in Tennessee and the largest in the Appalachian College Association. From 1986 to 2011, the school’s student body size more than tripled.

Lee University is located between Chattanooga and Knoxville and is located near the Ocoee River. The 120-acre campus is made up of various old and newly constructed buildings as well as residence halls, which spread throughout the campus.

Lee University offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and post-master certificates. Academic programs are made up of four colleges and schools: the College of Arts & Sciences, the Helen DeVos College of Education, the School of Music, and the School of Religion. 

There are 12 academic departments and four graduate areas of study within the colleges and schools. Lee University offers 43 on-campus undergraduate majors in 87 programs of study. Graduate programs of study are offered in Business, Counseling, Education, Music, and Religion. The school has an Encore Program that allows adults ages 60 and over to take courses for credit or for enjoyment.

Online classes are offered through the division of Adult Learning using a program called Moodle. Courses are offered fully online, in an intensive format (hybrid online and onsite mix), or fully onsite at Lee education centers. The division of Adult Learning currently offers class's onsite at the Cleveland, TN education center and the Charlotte, NC education center.

Study abroad programs are offered in more than 30 locations around the world in North America, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Lee University has 4,954 students and 455 faculty members, giving the university a 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 165 teach full-time and 290 teach part-time. About 88% of undergraduate students study full-time and 12% study part-time. Most graduate students (63%) study part-time and 37% study full-time. 

The student body contains 58% female students and 42% male students. About 77% of all students are white with the remaining students being black (5%), Hispanic (4%), Asian (1%), or their race/ethnicity is unknown (13%). About 86% of students are ages 24 and under with 14% of students being ages 25 and above. About 44% of students are from Tennessee, 50% are from out-of-state, and 6% are from a foreign country. The student body represents 49 states and 57 countries. 

The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 72% and the overall graduation rate is 49%. The overall graduation rate by gender is 44% for males and 52% for females.

On-campus living is estimated to cost $6,234 per year with $3,610 in additional living expenses.  Dormitory rooms are set up as double-occupancy. There are six residence halls for males only, nine halls for female students, and one hall for married students. The University has a curfew policy for all students under 20 years of age or older that hold 29 credit hours and below.

Off-campus living is estimated to cost $11,130 per year with $5,300 in additional living expenses.

Student life includes over 60 student clubs and organizations,, including:  academic organizations, diversity groups, Greek life, spiritual groups, and social service groups.

The Campus Ministries Office serves the students through the Campus Pastor and the Chapel Coordinator’s Office.  Services are offered weekly on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:40-11:30 a.m. and Sunday once-a-month services, called U-Church, are held at 7:30 p.m.  Each full-time student must attend 70 percent of the chapels offered during the semester. Convocation is held once a semester, calling students to come together for five days of community worship.

The Lee University “Flames” participate in the NAIA division 1 and the Southern States Athletic Conference. Men’s sports include: baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, and track. Women’s sports include: basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, softball, volleyball, and track.

Students have access to services such as: remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, and placement services for completers.  

Tuition costs $13,370 per year and books and other supplies are estimated to cost  $1,100 per year. The average tuition and fees for graduate students per year is $12,720 and $650, respectively. Tuition payment plans are offered. Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, students must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 96% of those attending Lee University receive financial aid. The deadline for FAFSA forms to be submitted is March 15.

Lee University receives almost 2,000 applications per year and accepts about 89% of those students. Statistically, 88% of men and 89% of women who apply will be accepted. Lee accepts applications on a rolling deadline. The average ACT scores earned by students accepted into Lee is 23 and the average high school GPA is 3.41.

Lee University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:
    Church of God
  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Post-master's certificate
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