About Lee University

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  • Lee University is a private, comprehensive university located in Cleveland, TN, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Lee is emerging as a leader in higher education in the southeastern region and is consistently ranked in the "Top Tier" in the South by U.S. News & World Report (Comprehensive Medium-Size Universities). Lee is also ranked by Princeton Review's "Best Colleges" and is one of the 141 colleges named Best in the Southeast.

    Over the past two decades, Lee has become one of the largest Christ-centered private institutions in Tennessee and the largest in the Appalachian College Association. During that period, the university has undergone a remarkable transformation that has included significant growth in academic programs, student enrollment, faculty expertise and diversity, as well as an expanded sense of mission and vision.

Quick Facts


The Quick Facts chart gives basic information about Lee, including enrollment, retention, campus size, athletic membership and other data. Data is provided by the Office of Institutional Research an...

Our Mission


Lee University is a Christian institution which offers liberal arts and professional education on both the baccalaureate and graduate levels through residential and distance programs. It seeks to prov...

Meet the President


Charles Paul Conn-->CHARLES “PAUL” CONN has served as president of Lee University for twenty-eight years. During his administration, the university has seen significant growth: enrollment has increas...

Core Values


Lee seeks to nurture the individual student holistically; thus, faculty and staff involvement with students in and out of the classroom is a priority. Our Mission states: “The foundational purpose of...