• You've spent a lifetime investing in your child, and now it's time for us to share in that responsibility.

    After years of carefully guiding your children toward adulthood, you're now facing the challenge of helping them find the best college experience possible, one that engages their intellect, strengthens their faith, and nurtures their unique talents and interests. You are most likely looking for a place that will enable your child to become all she or he is intended to be.

    Our faculty and staff embrace the call of creating this type of environment and experience for every student who becomes a part of the Lee University family. Our fully accredited programs of study, diverse extracurricular activities and organizations, and foundational focus on the spiritual well-being of each student will provide your son or daughter with an experience that we believe is unique and distinctive from all other institutions.

    Located in the heart of a comfortably sized college town, Lee University's beautiful campus provides all of the services and opportunities that your student needs to learn and grow. Though it has the charm of a much smaller town, Cleveland's moderate size ensures students have access to numerous volunteer, internship, and employment opportunities.

    For parents of new incoming students, we want to encourage you to browse both this page, as well as our New Student Orientation page for more information on how we are ensuring the safety and well-being of our students and their families. Due to COVID-19 restrictions during the weekend, we will not be hosting any parent sessions in person. However, we encourage you to direct your attention to both the University's social media outlets, as well as this page for virtual sessions to take place throughout the weekend. We have also prepared a parent resource guide called The NEST that includes a welcome from our coordinator, several parent FAQs, and various activities and must-see locations in both Cleveland and Chattanooga for the whole family to enjoy.

    Deepening Faith

    Parents in Partnership with the Hub

    Student Health and Wellness Panel

    New Student Information

    Student Support Offices Campus Life Resources Frequently Asked Questions
    What parts of orientation should I plan to attend?

    Parents generally arrive on Friday and leave Sunday morning/afternoon. For more information on orientation, visit New Student Orientation.

    Are all students required to be on Meal Plan?

    Freshmen who are living on campus are required to have a meal plan.

    When does my child’s meal plan begin?

    Meal plans are activated on the Monday following orientation prior to classes beginning.

    Can my student have a car on campus?

    Yes, all students can have a car on campus, but it must be registered with Campus Security. Please visit Campus Security upon your arrival to purchase a parking pass and receive your Student ID.

    What is my student’s curfew policy?

    Curfew is checked for all freshmen (29 hours or fewer) nightly by a Resident Assistant. Students 20 years of age or older do not have curfew.

    Freshman curfew hours are as follows: Sunday-Thursday, 12:00 Midnight; Friday and Saturday, 1:00 a.m.

    Can my student leave for the weekend?

    Yes, they will be asked to fill out a form with their Resident Assistant or Resident Director indicating the dates they will be gone and their destination.

    How can I pay my student’s bill?

    Bills can be paid through the student’s Portico account online or through the Student Financial Services office. They can be reached at sfs@leeuniversity.edu or 423.614.8658

    How can I help purchase my student’s books?

    Once your student has their schedule, we have a campus bookstore located in the Paul Conn Student Union building where you can purchase whatever books your student may need. You can also purchase books through their website. Note: If you would like to pay by check, you must be present at the purchase.

    Where can I send my child mail and packages?

    You can send mail to our on-campus Post Office. All you need to know is your student’s specific mail box number assigned to them, and then add it in to the campus address below:

    Student’s Name | Box #
    1120 N Ocoee Street
    Cleveland, TN 37311

    Do you host a Parent Weekend?

    At this time, there is not a university-sponsored weekend designated for parents to come to campus. That being said, there are always events taking place on campus and you are welcome to connect with your student to plan a time to visit that will work for your schedule.

    What type of support system on campus is there for new students?

    We do our best to connect your students with various individuals who can provide support whenever it may be needed. In the residence halls, students will have a Resident Assistant and a Resident Chaplain, both upperclassmen students, who are available to assist them throughout this transition. These student leaders are led and supported by Resident Directors and Area Coordinators who are Lee University staff members dedicated to ensuring your students has a safe and meaningful experience while living on campus. Each new freshman will also be placed in a Gateway class with one of our all-star faculty members and two Peer Leaders. These instructors and upperclassmen students are fully dedicated to loving and serving your students both inside and outside of the Gateway classroom. Transfer students will be connected with a Transfer Leader, a student leader who recently transitioned to Lee from another institution and who can serve as a guide throughout the first year. These are just a few of the support systems we have in place, but we believe that your child will easily and quickly find many faculty and staff members at Lee who are willing to serve and support them throughout their years with us.

    What is FERPA?

    FERPA, Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, is a Federal law put in place to protect the privacy of student education records. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's educational records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Generally, written permission from the eligible student is required for schools to release any of the student’s education records. Without that permission, there are still some parties that FERPA allows schools to release information to, such as schools to which the student is transferring, auditing officials, or state and local authorities. Schools are also able to give out “directory” information (i.e. name, age, phone number) without consent. However the school must notify the eligible student of this directory information and give the student a reasonable amount of time to request that they not release the information. View more information on FERPA..

    What is the service-learning requirement at Lee?

    As a part of our graduation requirements, all Lee students must complete 80 hours of service-learning throughout their time at the university. The LEEU-101 course will help new students get their first 10 hours of service-learning through organized service projects for each class. These initial hours are also a graded component of this course. Starting with Deke Day at orientation and ending with the Operation Christmas Child shoebox packing party, students will be given a variety of opportunities to serve the community and build relationships with peers. During your student’s time at Lee, many courses offer a service-embedded option that will contribute to the service requirement. It is the responsibility of the student to report any service hours not recorded in connection to a class to the Leonard Center as an individually arranged project. Transfer students are required to complete the equivalent of 10 hours per semester enrolled at Lee University in order to meet the graduation requirement.

    Suggestions for Your Bookshelf
    • Big Questions Worthy Dreams, Sharon D. Parks
    • You Lost Me, David Kinnaman
    • Divine Conspiracy, Dallas Willard
    • Home Field Advantage, Colt McCoy
    • The Life You Always Wanted, John Ortberg
    • Start with Why, Simon Sinek
    • Strengths Quest, Donald O. Clifton
    • Engaging Culture, Changing the World, Philip W. Eaton
    • Cultivating the Spirit, How College Can Enhance Students' Inner Lives, Alexander W. Astin, Helen S. Astin, Jenifer A. Lindholm
    • The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behavior, Steven Garber
    • Encouraging Authenticity and Spirituality in Higher Education, Arthur W. Chickering
    • The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal, Parker J. Palmer