Raleigh, North Carolina
Meredith College | Going Strong
Meredith College has been educating strong, confident women for more than a century. Students at Meredith are seen as the unique individuals they are while they identify and learn how to use their innate strengths. And most importantly, Meredith’s personal approach to education means that each student is prepared for a successful career and a satisfying life after she graduates.
Get to know Meredith College
Meredith attracts strong students who participate in experiential learning throughout their four years. In fact, 97.7% of students participate in an internship, study abroad, undergraduate research, community-based learning, or another kind of applied learning.
“I was able to have five internships at four different companies. Meredith helped connect me with them and prepared me to go into these internships with confidence. They really helped me hone in on what I wanted to do with my future.” – Holly Watkins, ’18
Meredith offers enriching study abroad opportunities, with over a third of students studying in 33 different countries over the past five years. The Office of International Programs not only works closely with students to find the right program, but also helps navigate financial assistance options.
Meredith’s permanent study abroad location in Sansepolcro, Italy, offers students a unique semester-long international experience. In addition, recent faculty-led programs include
- Humanities programs in Italy, Switzerland, and England
- Business, child development, and interior design programs in Denmark
- Fashion programs in France
- Science field research programs in Costa Rica
The Undergraduate Research program at Meredith allows students to work on research projects one-on-one with a faculty member in their field. The program supports partnerships between faculty and students across all departments and may fund student travel to conferences where research is presented. Students frequently present their research at regional and national conferences.
“Meredith helped me to be a strong candidate and feel confident in the grad school application process. I feel ready for grad school thanks to everything I’ve learned here.” – Molly Smerko, ’18
Community-Based Learning connects classroom learning with service projects that benefit the community. Students who participate in community-based learning report strengthened academic performance, increased motivation to engage in their coursework, and a heightened awareness of issues impacting the community.
The Meredith Honors Program gives students the opportunity to delve more deeply into areas of interest. Honors students complete 28 hours of Honors courses as well as an Honors senior project, which they design themselves and present in a public forum. Honors students take at least two interdisciplinary, team-taught Honors colloquia, which allow them to expand their knowledge and think about a subject through the perspective of multiple disciplines. Honors students participate in independent research, conferences, weekend trips, study abroad, and convocations.
The Meredith Teaching Fellows program offers a dynamic educational experience, enriched with opportunities to gain hands-on classroom experience, learn from education professionals, participate in study abroad, and enroll in Honors courses. Teaching Fellows participate in a superior academic program that blends the liberal arts, a major in their chosen academic field, and professional courses that lead to teacher licensure.
Meredith students participate in programs such as the LeaderShape® Institute, Emerging Leaders Seminar Series, Sophie Lanneau Women’s Leadership Development Program, and the annual LEAD Conference. Additionally, women hold all of the more than 500 leadership positions available on campus.
“I feel comfortable being the first person to raise my hand in class and always feel that my contributions are valued by my classmates and professors. The sense of empowerment I feel as a woman has been cultivated at Meredith.” – Mary Ashley Rose, ’18
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 146 | 10-19: 257 | 20-29: 150
30-39: 19 | 40-49: 6 | 50-99: 0 | 100+: 0
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 1%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 8%
White, non-Hispanic: 69%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 6%
Meredith faculty are as passionate about teaching as they are about scholarship. Professors help students discover their strengths, academic and personal, and then develop ways to build on them. This approach affects the kind of college experience students have and the kind of lives they’ll lead. Meredith faculty also have the impressive accolades expected at a top-ranked college. They publish articles in leading academic journals, present at global conferences, and win local, national, and international awards.
“I love the fact that my identity is so infused in my job—and it’s such a fun job. It allows me to share the joy of discovery, of understanding the universe, with students. I really want them to make sense of the world and make sense of the physics concepts that we cover, and creativity is often one of the best ways to do this. So I’m always encouraging my students to think creatively and to apply physics concepts in a creative way.” – Bill Schmidt, Professor of Physics
ADVISERS AND TUTORS
Advisers in Academic Advising and Career Planning present workshops on such topics as time management, study skills, academic problem solving, mid-term guidance, securing a job, and communicating with faculty. The Learning Center is free academic resource for students staffed by trained student tutors who provide assistance in study skills and in subjects across the curriculum.
IN-DEPTH, COLLABORATIVE LEARNING
Each program of study at Meredith incorporates interdisciplinary study, experiential learning, and global awareness. The Fashion Merchandising and Design program, for instance, sponsors trips to Paris, New York’s Garment District, and the Atlanta Merchandise Mart. Students in the education program select a major of their choice and earn education licensure alongside their degree. And health science students have access to the Human Performance Lab and humanities students learn from Raleigh’s archives, museums, and historic sites.
The Science and Mathematics Building (SMB) and the Gaddy-Hamrick Art Center are just a couple of examples of the College’s commitment to ensure students in all disciplines receive the best education modern technology allows. SMB features 80,000 square feet of learning space, including 13 dedicated research labs. The Gaddy-Hamrick Art Center features studios, graphic design labs, an art history theater, and the Frankie G. Weems Gallery.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
Cooperative education program
Teacher certification program
Meredith’s campus is a lively mix of active scholarship and social involvement. The College spirit is collaborative, supportive, and engaged.
“Meredith offers the best of both worlds. I knew that I wanted to pursue an engineering degree while playing lacrosse. There were no other schools in the country like Meredith that offered the small school benefits combined with the opportunity to attend one of the best engineering programs in the country, and had a lacrosse program.” – Carlee Joseph, ’19, Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s 2018 Division III Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Meredith students have the opportunity to learn and explore their strengths on a campus that is as strong as it is beautiful. The 225-acre campus features an outdoor amphitheater, seven residence halls, LEED-certified on-campus apartments, an organic garden, a recently renovated fitness center, and access to Raleigh’s Capital Area Greenway network.
Distinguished speakers visit campus for special events, lectures, and convocations. Guests have included Nobel Laureates, former leaders of the United States and Great Britain, U.S. Senators, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, and social and human rights activists.
UNIQUE ON-CAMPUS FACILITIES
Meredith is home to the Meredith Autism Program, an early intervention program for children diagnosed on the autism spectrum. It is one of the only programs of its kind in the U.S. to offer hands-on clinical course experience to undergraduates. Also available are the Ellen Brewer House, a five-star child care program that gives child development majors real-world experience, and the Human Performance Lab, where exercise and sports science students conduct research and learn to conduct fitness assessments.
CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Students have the opportunity to get involved on campus through more than 100 clubs and organizations, including service organizations, performing arts groups, and academic, social, and religious clubs. Meredith’s Student Government Association is one of the oldest in the southeast.
Meredith hosts frequent lectures, juried student exhibitions, an active concert schedule, visiting artists, and exhibitions featuring professional artists. Students participate in theatre and dance performance troupes and a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles. Some are just for dance, music, and theatre majors, but many are open to all students.
Meredith’s 128-year history is rich in traditions, which include the Honor Code Ceremony, Cornhuskin’, Crook Hunt, and Ring Dinner.
Meredith fields nine NCAA Division III teams (basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, and volleyball). Field hockey is coming in 2020-21.
A member of the USA South Athletic Conference since 2007, Meredith’s Avenging Angels have claimed six tournament titles in lacrosse, two in volleyball, and one each in soccer and tennis; five regular season championships in soccer; four regular season championships in lacrosse, two in volleyball, and one in softball; and three cross country championships. Meredith blends intercollegiate athletics with a strong academic program. Athletes meet the same academic standards as other students and frequently earn weekly and all-conference recognition.
Meredith is ideally located in Raleigh, North Carolina’s capital city. With a thriving downtown and booming economy, Raleigh has been named the #1 Best Big City in the Southeast and the #7 Best Place to Live. Meredith students enjoy combining a classic collegiate experience on a green, historic campus with having access to an urban setting that includes extensive internship, research and job opportunities as well as the ability to connect with other area college students.
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 85%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for single students
Meredith graduates are accomplished CEOs, doctors, attorneys, scientists, teachers, volunteers, artists, and political and civic leaders. All are using their intelligence and strength to make an impact in their fields.
“A women’s college education can make anyone feel like their voice will be heard and appreciated. I am more articulate in my thoughts, more articulate in my opinions—I am not one to shy away from a question or change my beliefs for others anymore.” – Maria Fernanda Diaz Jimenez, ’18
Most students at Meredith complete not one but several internships. The Office of Career Planning and faculty internship coordinators work with students to identify ideal internships, and the College’s strong connections with professionals in the community lead to a range of internship choices, often more than can be filled by students. Internships frequently turn into full-time jobs upon graduation.
Over the past five years, 92.2% of Meredith graduates were employed or pursuing graduate study within a few short months of graduation. Schools attended by recent graduates include Columbia University, Oxford University, UNC-Chapel Hill, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, and NC State Veterinary School. Meredith graduates work for top companies such as Credit Suisse, Lenovo, Red Hat, and SAS.
96% of seniors reported receiving career guidance from professors and advisers. Meredith hosts career fairs, connects students with mentors in their field, conducts mock interviews, and hosts résumé workshops and networking events. StrongPoints ensures that students graduate with a clear plan for their career and strong financial literacy, including knowing how to develop and adhere to a budget and how to negotiate their first job offers.
Of Meredith alumnae surveyed:
- 96% would choose Meredith if they could begin college again.
- 99% would recommend Meredith to others.
- 99% of alumnae agree that there are important benefits to attending a women’s college.
Academic GPA | Application Essay
Recommendation(s) | Character/personal qualities
Rigor of secondary school record | Class rank | Standardized test scores
Interview | Extracurricular activities | Talent/ability
Volunteer work | Work experience | Level of applicant’s interest
First generation | Alumni/ae relation
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 510 | 75th Percentile: 610
25th Percentile: 490 | 75th Percentile: 590
25th Percentile: 17 | 75th Percentile: 24
25th Percentile: 17 | 75th Percentile: 24
25th Percentile: 18 | 75th Percentile: 25
Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $11,360
A Meredith education is life changing, and the College takes steps to ensure that it’s available to strong women everywhere. With helpful admissions counselors and generous financial aid packages including merit- and need-based scholarships, grants, and loans, professional staff work with students and their families to apply to Meredith and develop a plan to pay for their college education.