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Meredith College
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Meredith College

Raleigh, North Carolina

Meredith College | Going Strong


Meredith College has been educating strong, confident women for more than a century. Students at Meredith identify and build upon their strengths. Classes are small, so students are seen as the unique individuals they are. And most importantly, Meredith’s personal approach to education means that faculty and staff know when students are ready for the next challenge, which keeps them going strong.



Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
1,645 undergraduate students
96% of undergrad students are full time
0% male — 100% female
8% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
124 full-time faculty
95 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

60% of students live on campus (93% of freshmen live on campus)
Meredith’s seven residence halls offer unusually large and comfortable rooms and on-campus apartments for upper-level students are LEED-certified.

School Location

Meredith’s 225-acre campus is located in Raleigh, North Carolina – the state’s capital city. Raleigh and nearby Durham and Chapel Hill make up the Research Triangle, home to 115,000 college students and one of the country’s premier research and development hubs.

Retention Fall 2014

79% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

62% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 4%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Black or African American 11%
White 73%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 3%


NCAA Division III, USA South athletic conference. Eight  varsity sports – basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, volleyball. In 2015, Meredith was awarded the USA South Women’s President’s Cup.


Meredith College is a private, independent women’s college at the undergraduate level, with co-educational programs at the graduate. Founded in 1891, Meredith is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate and masters degrees.One of only two women’s colleges in the world accredited by AACSB International, Meredith also holds program accreditation in education, social work, nutrition, music, and interior design.

Academic Programs

With more than 70 majors, minors, and academic programs, Meredith provides a comprehensive liberal arts undergraduate education and offers majors in:

Accounting, Art Education, Biology, Business Administration (Human Resource Management concentration), Chemistry, Child Development, Communication (Interpersonal Communication and Mass Communication concentrations), Computer Science, Criminology, Dance Studies, Economics, English, Environmental Sustainability, Exercise & Sports Science (Health & Physical Education and Health & Wellness concentrations), Family & Consumer Sciences, Fashion Merchandising and Design (Merchandising and Design concentrations), Food & Nutrition, Graphic Design, History, Interior Design, International Studies, Mathematics, Music, Music Education, Political Science (Law and Justice Concentration), Public Health, Psychology, Religious & Ethical Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Studio Art, Theatre. Education students complete a major of their choice and the teacher education program to earn licensure. Engineering students participate in the dual degree program and earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Meredith and an engineering degree from North Carolina State University. Students may also pursue programs in pre-health professions, pre-law, and pre-veterinary medicine, and have the option to design a major.

StrongPoints™, found only at Meredith, is an innovative program designed to help students make the most of college. Through this comprehensive initiative, students identify their strengths and then build on them. They explore academic and experiential activities. Increase their financial literacy. Examine potential career paths. And with the guidance of expert faculty and staff advisers, students develop a plan to achieve their goals in college – and throughout their lives.

More Distinctions

  • Meredith is among the “Top 50 Alma Maters of National Board Certified Teachers.” Meredith was one of only two private institutions in the U.S. to make the list, which is compiled by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

  • Meredith was named a 2015 Military Friendly School. This list honors the top 15% of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

Meredith attracts strong students who participate in experiential learning throughout their four years. 94% of students participate in internships, study abroad, undergraduate research, community-based learning, or another kind of experiential learning.

Study Abroad

Meredith offers enriching study abroad opportunities. Options 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, Mexico, Australia, and Kenya.

Meredith’s study abroad location in Sansepolcro, Italy, offers students a unique semester-long international experience. The Office of International Programs is available to work with students to find an individualized program and financial assistance options.

Undergraduate Research

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.

Community-Based Learning

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 heightened awareness of issues impacting the community.

Honors Program

The Meredith Honors Program gives students the opportunity to delve deeper into areas of interest. Honors students complete 28 hours of Honors courses and an Honors senior project, which is designed by the student and her adviser and presented in a public forum. Honors students take at least two interdisciplinary, team-taught Honors colloquia, which allow students 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.

Teaching Fellows

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.

Faculty Mentors

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 those strengths. That 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.

Advisers and Tutors

Advisers in Academic Planning and Career Planning present workshops on topics including 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 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. Health science students have access to the Human Performance Lab and humanities students learn from Raleigh’s archives, museums, and historic sites.

Strong Facilities

The Science and Mathematics Building (SMB) and the Gaddy-Hamrick Art Center are 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 learning space, including 13 dedicated research labs. The Gaddy-Hamrick Art Center features studios, darkrooms, an art history theatre, and the Frankie G. Weems Gallery.

Meredith’s campus is a lively mix of active scholarship and social involvement. The College spirit is collaborative, supportive, and engaged.

Welcoming Spirit

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 amphitheatre, seven residence halls, LEED-certified on-campus apartments, an organic garden, a fitness complex with an indoor swimming pool, and access to Raleigh’s Capital Area Greenway network.

Standout Speakers

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.

The Arts

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.

Rich Traditions

Meredith’s 123-year history is rich in traditions, which include the Honor Code Ceremony, Cornhuskin’, Crook Hunt, and Ring Dinner.

Strong Athletics

A member of the USA South Athletic Conference since 2007, the Avenging Angels have claimed three tournament titles in lacrosse and one in soccer and tennis; two regular season championships in soccer and one in volleyball and lacrosse; and three cross country championships.In the tradition of Division III athletics. 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 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.


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.

Successful Graduates

Over the past three years, 95% 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, Nordstrom, and Disney.

Career Guidance

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 resume 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.

Satisfied Alumnae

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.



1,797 Total Applicants
1,101 Total Admissions
471 Total Freshmen Enrollment

61.27% of applicants admitted


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $32,100
Fees $40
Total $32,140
Room and Board (on campus) $9,516
Estimated Total On Campus $41,656


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
66% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$18,004 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$7,890 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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