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More than one hundred years ago, Meredith College opened with just over 200 women. Today, our student body has grown to include nearly 2,000 students, and we're nationally ranked. In fact, we've been named one of America's Best Colleges according to U.S. News, Forbes, and Princeton Review.

Meredith College is located in Raleigh, North Carolina's capital city. More than 115,000 college students reside in Raleigh and the Research Triangle Park area, the country's premiere research and development hub. Meredith's historic 225-acre campus includes a 1,200 seat amphitheater, seven residence halls and student apartments, student center, fitness center, athletic field and track complex.

In addition to providing recent graduates with strong job prospects, Raleigh's thriving local economy gives students the opportunity to receive valuable experience through various internships, which are available in all majors. Study abroad options for students include a semester-long program in Sansepolcro, Italy, with additional opportunities worldwide including Costa Rica, Iceland, and France.

At Meredith, our StrongPoints® program is a unique advising and personal coaching model based on leading educational research on how the most successful students make the most out of college. Our Carlyle Campbell Library has more than 190,000 volumes, 16,000 microforms, and 3000 newspaper and journal subscriptions. The science and mathematics building includes unique classroom settings, specialized labs, and a telescope observatory deck.

So what's the result of a Meredith education? Over the past five years, 92.2% of graduates are employed or pursuing graduate study within a few short months of graduation and 98% of our alumnae were satisfied with their academic experience

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Overview

Applicants
1,737
Acceptance Rate
69%
Average HS GPA
3.37

GPA Breakdown

22%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
20%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
15%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 610
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 585
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 25

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
222
with Terminal Degree
137

154
Women
68
Men
23
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business/Commerce, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Art Teacher Education.
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Child Development.
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General.
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Public Health, General.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • International/Global Studies.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • American Government and Politics (United States).
  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Dance, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other.
  • Fashion/Apparel Design.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Interior Design.
  • Music.


Students Say

Students pick Meredith College, a women’s college in Raleigh, North Carolina, for its “small class size, welcoming students and faculty, high academic standards,” “strong financial aid” packages, and for the “traditions and unity” that school maintains. Meredith students say the school lives up to its “Go Strong” motto by “empowering and educating women to be outstanding citizens of the world.” The school’s “intimate atmosphere” means that students “[work] closely and personally with [their] professors” and develop “close relationships” with classmates. Among the college’s notable programs, students say the “strong and academically rigorous teacher preparation program” has a reputation “in our area for developing highly qualified educators,” as well as a fellowship program that provides financial aid to students who are committed to becoming teachers after graduation. Meredith also boasts “excellent arts programs,” “great study abroad” opportunities, and a “close knit community” where students “feel at home.” Students say that Meredith’s “personable” professors “hold students to a high standard,” but they “sincerely care about their students” and “will take the time to get to know you,” offering “to help you in any way possible” inside and outside of the classroom. In the classroom professors “do a great job making the classes very interesting” by creating a “fun learning environment filled with many opportunities to get involved in class discussions” and by “[incorporating] guest speakers, field experiences,” and “fun activities related to the subject.”

Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Betsy Cochrane
Fomer N.C. State Senator

Sarah Parker
N.C. Supreme Court Justice

Margaret Currin
First woman US Attorney in N.C.

Judy Woodruff
Anchor and Correspondent for CNN

Dr. Phyllis Trible
Theologian

Beth Leavel
Broadway Actress

Silda Wall
President and Co-Founder of Children for Children

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Overview

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 10

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,218

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$20,935

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,348

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
69%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$33,993

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$35,816
Required Fees
$100
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$850

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,718
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
No

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,682
Foreign Countries Represented
24

Demographics

2.87%
Asian
8.12%
African-American
8.30%
Hispanic
70.88%
Caucasian
3.54%
Unknown
1.77%
International

100% female
0% male
12% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Students Say

While “the majority of students at [Meredith] are white, middle/upper-class women,” the campus is becoming “more diverse” with “a good mix of southern and northern folks who come from all walks of life and all socioeconomic classes.” And, “even if preppy is still the unofficial dress code,” “not all Meredith girls wear pearls and Lilly Pulitzer.” While some say that “Meredith is very cliquey,” most describe the campus culture as “open” and “empowering.” One student who describes herself “as an atheist, veteran, older and bisexual student” found that “this ‘typical [preppy] student’ does not affect how I fit in,” noting that she was “warmly welcomed to the Meredith family” and feels “right at home.” In fact, adult students make up a “growing percentage of the student body,” a demographic trend celebrated by the student body as “really [adding] to the learning experience for the younger students.” Meredith students are “not afraid to voice their opinions” and say that they “become strong and fearless” while maintaining close personal ties, “encouraging one another to strive” personally and academically. Students are generally “very involved outside of class” with the many “clubs and class traditions that [Meredith students] all participate in.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
54%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
84%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Female

Students Say

Meredith’s “rich history” and its “close-knit community” provide students with a “warm and welcoming atmosphere.” Most students “live either on campus or near it” and enjoy a “very welcoming and supportive” residence life staff, who make students feel certain in saying, “I always know that I have somewhere to turn when I need help.” However, students generally look outside campus for entertainment: “The campus is an environment for studying and participating in organized extracurricular activities,” but on weekends the campus witnessed “a mass exodus of students” who “feel forced to leave campus to find entertainment outside of Netflix or homework.” Yet, “the campus is beautiful and great for studying,” and located in the middle of downtown Raleigh, minutes from many bars, restaurants, coffee houses and a movie theatre where tickets are less than $3.00.

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Beth Meier

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
100
Number of Honor Societies
28

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
8

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports ()
0 Sports

Women's Sports (Avenging Angels)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: North Carolina State Univ.
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: North Carolina State Univ.

Sustainability

64/99

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Shery Boyles
Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
3800 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27607

Phone
919-760-8581

Email
admissions@meredith.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Science and Math Building
Cate Student Center/Bee Hive (snack bar)
Lowery Fitness Center
Elizabeth Triplett Beam Fountain Plaza

Most Popular Places Off Campus
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
North Carolina Museum of Arts
PNC Events Arena
William Umstead State Park
Cameron Shopping Village

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F; S
8-5; 10-12
919-760-8581

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Monday – Friday 9:00 am and 1:00 pm, Saturday – 10:00am
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Monday – Friday 9:00 am and 1:00 pm, Saturday – 10:00am

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@meredith.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
During academic year when school is in session.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Raleigh-Durham International Airport, served by all major airlines, is only 8 miles from the Meredith College campus. The Amtrak train station is conveniently located 3.5 miles from campus, as well as the Greyhound bus station. Taxi services are also available to transport students from these stations to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
All directions below guide you to the Hillsborough Street/Meredith College exit off I-440. Take that exit (#3), turn left onto Hillsborough Street, then turn left at the second traffic light into the main entrance to the campus. Johnson Hall is straight ahead. There are signs and an information booth for help in locating other facilities. * From Highway 70 West: Exit onto I-440 South (US 1 and 64 West); take I-440 to Exit #3. * From Highway 70 East and I-40 East: From 70 East, take I-40 West. Follow I-40/440 West to Exit 293. I-40 East travelers, take I-40/440 West as well. At Exit 293, take I-440 North to Exit #3. * From I-40 West-West of Raleigh, follow the Wade Avenue Exit (#289). At the I-440 junction, take I-440 South; stay in right hand lane and take the next exit (#3). * From US 1 South and 64 West- 64 West travelers take US 1 North. US 1 will become I-440 North. Follow it to Exit #3. * From US 64 East- At the I-440 junction, take I-440 North. Follow it around the western part of the city to Exit #3. * From US 1 North and 401 North- At the I-440 junction, take I-440 West to Exit #3. * From US 401 South- Take I-440 South; follow I-440 to Exit 293, which becomes I-440 North. Take I-440 North to Exit #3.


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