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Lee University Data & Information Overview

149 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
83% Acceptance Rate
This overview covers the essential stats on Lee University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. If you’re interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Lee University Ranked?

#965 Best Colleges in Nation
#18 Best Colleges in TN
Religious Music and Worship, Other Highest Ranked Major

2023 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Lee University was awarded 149 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is religious music and worship, other.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Lee University as #965 out of 2,241 colleges and universities in the country on its 2023 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Lee University held the #1,402 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Lee University also holds the #18 spot on the Best Colleges in Tennessee ranking.

See all of the rankings for Lee University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Lee University?

83% Acceptance Rate
71% Of Accepted Are Women
29% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Lee University has an acceptance rate of 83%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 29% of students accepted to Lee University submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 620. Math scores were between 470 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Lee University  ( 500 to 620 )

SAT Math Scores for Lee University  ( 470 to 580 )
Lee University received ACT scores from 83% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for Lee University  ( 21 to 27 )

Learn more about Lee University admissions.

Lee University Faculty

15 to 1 Student to Faculty
89% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Lee University, this ratio is 15 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Lee University is 89%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  89 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Lee University

81% Freshmen Retention
40% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

Lee University has a freshmen retention rate of 81%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  81 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Lee University the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 40%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  40 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Lee University.

Lee University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,459 Full-Time Undergraduates
11.1% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
63.9% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,670 undergraduates at Lee University with 3,459 being full-time and 1,211 being part-time.

How Much Does Lee University Cost?

$18,219 Net Price
89% Take Out Loans
$26,840 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Lee University is $18,219. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Lee University

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$15,111 $14,471 $17,876 $19,848 $19,820

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Lee University, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Lee University, approximately 89% of students took out student loans averaging $6,710 a year. That adds up to $26,840 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Lee University is 4.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Lee University Graduates Make?

$40,101 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Lee University make around $40,101 per year during the early years of their employment. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at Lee University make the most money.

Location of Lee University

Tennessee State
3,459 Full-Time Undergraduates
Small City Campus Setting
Lee University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Cleveland, Tennessee. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Contact details for Lee University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1120 N Ocoee St, Cleveland, TN 37311
Phone: 423-614-8000

Lee University Majors

57 Majors With Completions
834 Undergraduate Degrees
184 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 57 majors graduated from Lee University. Of these students, 834 received undergraduate degrees and 184 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 78 $53,085
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 77 $26,666
Business Administration & Management 69 $35,450
Liberal Arts General Studies 60 $34,999
General Psychology 60 $22,818
Teacher Education Grade Specific 37 $35,537
Accounting 30 $53,298
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 29 $25,839
Public Relations & Advertising 29 $27,445
Teacher Education Subject Specific 29 $37,045

Learn more about the majors offered at Lee University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Lee University

18% Take At Least One Class Online
12% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 924 students took at least one online class at Lee University. This is an increase from the 736 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 924 619
2018-2019 736 495
2017-2018 751 540
2016-2017 734 623
2015-2016 710 648

Learn more about online learning at Lee University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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