Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 34.83
Liaison Katie Wall
Submission Date March 24, 2022

STARS v2.2

Lees-McRae College
IN-50: Innovation D

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Katie Wall
Program Coordinator
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Pet-Friendly Campus

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Lees-McRae College was recently named no. 2 on College Raptor’s list of pet-friendly colleges and universities. One of a handful of pet-friendly campuses in the nation, Lees-McRae allows students and their pets to enroll.

Lees-McRae’s pet-friendly policy was established in 2011 and allows second-year students to apply for a pet-friendly room. In addition to allowing pets in select residence halls, faculty and staff members are encouraged to bring their pets to work and many professors will allow students to bring their furry friends to class. Today, more than 24 pets can be found living on campus.

“My dog comes to nearly every class with me and when he doesn't, there is always someone smiling at the door when I get back,” said Melissa Hooper ’17. “Not only does he make me happy, he’s showing me what it takes to be a responsible adult. He’s a comfort, a friend and a teacher all wrapped in one, and I’m so grateful to Lees-McRae for allowing me to have him.”

In April 2014, the College’s pet-friendly campus received national attention when it was featured on Fox 46 based out of Charlotte. After the initial airing, news quickly spread to networks in Philadelphia, St. Louis and Denver.

College Raptor is a college matching platform that allows students and families to make smart decisions when choosing a college. Click here to view College Raptor’s full list of pet-friendly campuses.

Allowing pets on campus has shown the following positive outcomes for our campus community:
- Opens additional access to students/faculty/staff with disabilities
- Provides companionship
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Increases physical activity

For more information about Lees-McRae’s pet-friendly campus, please visit lmc.edu/petfriendly or contact the Office of Admissions at 828.898.5241.


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