Hi, I was wondering if anyone has any experience/insight about Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. Specifically, how intense the religious/evangelical aspect of it is. I’m a Christian (non-denominational Protestant), and I’m considering a few other Christian schools alongside secular schools and I was wondering how Lee compares. I have a 33 ACT, so I think I’m qualified for Lee’s full-tuition Centennial Scholarship, which sounds like a pretty good deal financially.
The main Christian schools I like are Pepperdine University and Belmont University. I know Lee isn’t really considered as high quality academically as those, but financial merit aid from other schools will be harder to come by.
I’m also familiar with Biola University, but it is too intensely religious for me. It requires a pastoral recommendation, church information/address, and an in-depth statement of faith that students are required to sign. I know Lee has a Community Covenant and student handbook that requires a signature on the application, but from what I saw, it seemed broader and more lifestyle-based than Biola’s Doctrinal Statement.
Other Christian schools I’m familiar with but not necessarily interested in for varying reasons are Azusa Pacific University, Grove City College, Wheaton College, Grace College, Malone University, and some others.
So I guess what I’m wondering is, compared to the schools I mentioned, how would you describe the religious intensity of Lee University in terms of academics, social life, etc? Does it require a pastoral/spiritual recommendation? Also how politically conservative is it? With Belmont being on the looser end of the spectrum and Biola being on the more intense end.