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Find out more about how Lee University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Lee University Ranked?

2020 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 14 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is theology and religious vocations.

Overall Quality

Lee University landed the #1,095 spot in College Factual's 2020 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,727 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Lee University held the #1,237 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 45 colleges in Tennessee, Lee University is ranked at #24.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Lee University?

Acceptance Rate

Because it has a high acceptance rate of 85%, some consider Lee University to be a safety school. But don't just assume that admittance is in the bag. Make sure to spend enough time on your application so that it is in tip-top shape.

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 510 and 630. Math scores were between 490 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Lee University  ( 510 to 630 )

SAT Math Scores for Lee University  ( 490 to 610 )
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 28.

ACT Composite Scores for Lee University  ( 21 to 28 )

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Lee University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1, Lee University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

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

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 81% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Lee University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  81 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from Lee University have a four-year graduation rate of 35%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  35 out of 100

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Average Overall Diversity at Lee University

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,860 undergraduates at Lee University with 3,854 being full-time and 1,006 being part-time.

Lee University Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

Lee University scored 54.82 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  54.82 out of 100
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How Much Does Lee University Cost?

The overall average net price of Lee University is $18,168. 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 +
$15,805 $15,953 $17,380 $19,012 $19,647

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Lee University, approximately 87% of students took out student loans averaging $6,420 a year. That adds up to $25,680 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Lee University is 8.2%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Lee University Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Lee University make about $34,200 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is about 16% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at Lee University make the most money.

Location of Lee University

Lee University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Cleveland, Tennessee. Cleveland is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Location of Lee University

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 48 majors graduated from Lee University. Of these students, 911 received undergraduate degrees and 137 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
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 89 $25,100
Business Administration & Management 77 $36,400
General Psychology 76 $25,400
Liberal Arts General Studies 57 $21,600
Public Relations & Advertising 46 $28,000
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 45 $24,900
Teacher Education Grade Specific 39 $36,100
Teacher Education Subject Specific 35 $34,100
Health Sciences & Services 33 NA
Nursing 29 NA

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

Online Learning at Lee University

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 751 students took at least one online class at Lee University. This is an increase from the 734 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 751 540
2016-2017 734 623
2015-2016 710 648
2014-2015 660 639
2013-2014 657 613

Learn more about online learning at Lee University.

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