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Meredith College

Raleigh, NC


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A Private, Independent Women's College in the Research Triangle

Chartered in 1891, Meredith College is one of the largest private women's colleges in the United States. Meredith has been consistently ranked both a top regional and national college by U.S. News and World Report, and is one of the "Best Colleges in the Southeast" according to Princeton Review.

Meredith's academic programs - undergraduate and graduate - challenge each individual student to think deeply, push hard, discover new strengths, and grow even stronger. Through StrongPoints ®, a comprehensive personal coaching program unique to Meredith, each student identifies her primary strengths and then uses those strengths to shape her academic goals, experiential involvement, financial plans, and career choices. Mentored by trained advisers, every student develops a plan to prepare for the life she wants to live after she graduates.

The school's lush, historic 225-acre campus is located in the vibrant capital city of Raleigh, North Carolina. Students have access to a wide range of cultural opportunities, and Meredith's proximity to downtown Raleigh and North Carolina's Research Triangle Park provides ample internship options.

Traditional Majors and Pre-Professional Programs

Meredith College offers more than 80 majors, minors, and concentrations, including accounting, business administration, biology, chemistry, child development, communication, computer science, criminology, environmental sustainability, exercise and sports science, fashion merchandising and design, graphic design, hospitality management, interior design, mathematics, and psychology. Many students also pursue teacher licensure in conjunction with their major through Meredith's renowned teacher education program.

Students interested in obtaining advanced degrees in law, dentistry, or medicine can participate in pre-professional programs that combine Meredith's traditional, liberal arts coursework with clinical experience and work-study programs. In addition, Meredith College has new partnerships with Elon University and Campbell University that give Meredith students the opportunity to complete a law degree at an accelerated pace. And an Accelerated MBA option allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree and an MBA in just five years. Meredith’s competitive, nationally-ranked MBA program is the lowest-cost AACSB program in the Triangle.

Engineering Dual Degree Program

Engineering students may pursue dual degrees from Meredith College and North Carolina State University (NCSU). Participating students earn Bachelor of Arts degrees in chemistry or mathematics from Meredith and Bachelor of Science degrees in chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, or environmental engineering from NCSU.

Students take classes at Meredith for the first two years of the program. During the third year of the program, they take classes at both campuses. Although students officially transfer to NCSU for the fourth year of the program, they may choose to live at Meredith until they complete the program.

To ensure completion of the program in five years, students should declare their majors during the first semester of their freshman year. Students in the dual-degree engineering program are required to maintain 3.0 GPAs or higher.

Unique Opportunities for Education Students

Students wishing to become teachers benefit from Meredith's excellent reputation in teacher education. Meredith students do not major in education; rather they complete a major in the field of their choice and at the same time take courses in the teacher education program. Completion of the teacher education program, taken in addition to the major, leads to a North Carolina teaching license.

Undergraduate students interested in pursuing advanced degrees in K-12 special education can begin taking graduate courses during their senior years through Meredith's "5 Plus" program, which leads to a Master of Arts degree in teaching.

Liberal Arts Curriculum + Professional Preparation

Meredith College encourages students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become leaders and critical thinkers. All degree programs are designed to help students gain a better understanding of themselves and the world around them.

To fulfill graduation requirements, all students are expected to complete several courses in the humanities; natural and mathematical sciences; global and ethical perspectives; health; art; composition; and a foreign language.

Additionally, all students are required to participate in at least one experiential learning program, such as an internship or a semester abroad. Students must also attend 8 cultural or academic events such as plays, lectures, or film festivals.

A Wide Variety of Study Abroad Options

A student interested in spending a semester, a summer, or a year learning in a different country can choose to participate in Meredith's study abroad program. Past programs include a fashion program in Paris; a tropical ecology program in Costa Rica; and an interior design program in Denmark. Many students choose to study in Meredith's study abroad location in Sansepolcro, Italy.

Exciting Internships in the Capital and the Research Triangle

Meredith's strong reputation among employers locally and nationally leads to abundant internship options for students. Because Meredith College is located in the state capital and just minutes away from the heart of North Carolina's prestigious Research Triangle, students have access to exciting internship opportunities with a wide variety of companies and organizations - some even intern while studying abroad.

Students have completed internships with Credit Suisse, RBC Bank, Wake County Public Schools, GlaxoSmithKline, Lenovo, SAS Institute, and RTI International.

Meredith's strong reputation among employers locally and nationally leads to abundant internship options for students. Because Meredith College is located in the state capital and just minutes away from the heart of North Carolina's prestigious Research Triangle, students have access to exciting internship opportunities with a wide variety of companies and organizations - some even intern while studying abroad.

Students have completed internships with Credit Suisse, RBC Bank, Wake County Public Schools, GlaxoSmithKline, Lenovo, SAS Institute, and RTI International.

Unique Summer Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

Meredith College encourages students to work collaboratively or one-on-one with faculty members on original research projects or creative endeavors. Individual students or groups of up to three students may work together on a project that culminates in a tangible product such as a presentation or creative work. Meredith offers merit-based stipends to students participating in approved summer research or creative projects, and hosts a day-long undergraduate research conference at which students may present their work. Many go on to present at regional and national conferences.

Extracurricular Activities at Meredith College

There are over 100 clubs and organizations at Meredith College, including service organizations, performing arts groups, and religious, social, and academic clubs. Meredith also has a weekly newspaper, an art and literature journal, and a yearbook.

Meredith has 9 varsity sports teams including lacrosse, basketball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, softball, cross country, track & field, and golf, with field hockey coming in 2020-21. Meredith competes in the NCAA Division III/ USA South Athletic Conference.

Admissions and Financial Aid

Our admissions team is here to assist you with every step of the application process.

Each student interested in applying to Meredith College must submit the following: an application (the Common Application or the Meredith Application); an essay; high school transcript; ACT or SAT (EBRW + M) scores, a letter of recommendation from a school official; and a letter of recommendation from an 11th- or 12th-grade teacher. In addition to these requirements, homeschooled students should  submit two recommendations, one from a  non-relative.  An admissions interview is also required for all homeschooled applicants.

Application Deadlines:

Early Decision: October 30                Decisions released on or before November 15.

Early Action: December 1                  Decisions released on or before December 15.

Regular Decision: February 15          Decisions released on a rolling basis beginning mid-January.

Meredith is committed to providing a strong education at a reasonable cost – our combined tuition, room, and board is below the national average for private, four-year schools. We offer a range of financial assistance options to help make your education affordable. All students are encouraged to submit the FAFSA early. Non U.S. citizens should submit Meredith’s Application for Institutional Aid.

The Meredith Impact Scholarship, a $20,000 scholarship is guaranteed to admitted students with a minimum 3.3 unweighted GPA and 1100 SAT/22 ACT. Students with exceptional qualifications will be considered for Impact Scholarship award amounts up to $23,000.

Location & Contact

Address 3800 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC  27807-5298
United States
Contact Shery Boyles
Director of Admissions
Phone: 919-760-8026
Fax: 919-760-2298

Majors & Degrees

Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
A minimum high school GPA of 2
2 recommendations
Required for some programs Interview
Recommended Essay

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen February 15th Not reported
Early decision plan November 2nd November 15th
Other early decision plan December 1st December 15th
Transfer February 15th Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

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SAT Critical Reading 570 520 620
SAT Math 550 500 600
ACT Composite 22 18 25

Tuition & Fees

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Student Body

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Hispanic/Latino 9.57%
Black or African American 8.63%
White or Caucasian 67.42%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.4%
Asian 3.61%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.13%
Two or more races 3.68%
Other 5.22%


Male (0.2%)
Female (99.8%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Women-only housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 53%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Cornhuskin', Day of Celebration and Spring Formal

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Student Government Association, Entertainment Association, Recreation Association, Class Organizations and choral groups

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Basketball No No No
Cross-country Running No No No
Lacrosse No No No
Soccer No No No
Softball No No No
Tennis No No No
Track And Field No No No
Volleyball No No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Basketball No Division 3 No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Lacrosse No Division 3 No
Soccer No Division 3 No
Softball No Division 3 No
Tennis No Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Volleyball No Division 3 No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 123
Part-time - 94
Male - 63
Female - 154
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