Meredith College

Meredith College

Raleigh, NC
student ratio
total students
Tuition Cost $35,816 | $35,816
in-state | out-of-state
Average Financial Aid Package $24,977
February 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


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 advising and personal coaching program found only at 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 achieve her goals in college and 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, computer science, criminology, environmental sustainability, exercise and sports science, fashion merchandising and design, graphic design, 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 and Campbell Law School have a new 3+3 Program partnership that provides Meredith students with 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.

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. Recent research topics include "Forgiveness: Study on Attitudes and Perceptions;" "Deviant Behavior in Post-World War I Society;" "A Manipulation of Perceptions of Leadership among College Women," and "HIV Protease Inhibition through Tylosema Fassoglensis and Oxymatrine."

Meredith offers merit-based stipends to students participating in approved summer research or creative projects.

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 eight varsity sports teams including lacrosse, basketball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, softball, cross country, and Track & Field, as well as Club Golf, and competes in the NCAA Division III/ USA South Athletic Conference.

Admissions and Financial Aid

Each student interested in applying to Meredith College must submit the following: an application; an essay; ACT or SAT scores (Meredith does not require subject tests); 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 must each submit a letter of recommendation from a non-relative, and a GED certificate. An admissions interview is also required for all homeschooled applicants.

Fees include tuition, room and board, books, and other supplies. Students may apply for scholarships and financial aid.

Location & Contact

3800 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27607-5298

Shery Boyles

Director of Admissions

Phone: 919-760-8026
Fax: 919-760-2298

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fashion Merchandising
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Art Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Family and consumer sciences
    • Child Development
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Dietetics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Health
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • International/Global Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Dance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts and Stagecraft Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fashion/Apparel Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Graphic Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Interior Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


68% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied1,737
    • Accepted1,197
    • Acceptance Rate68%
    • Enrolled1,682
    • Female Applicants1,737
    • Females Accepted1,197
    • Female Acceptance Rate68%
    • Male Applicants
    • Males Accepted
    • Male Acceptance Rate
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $40
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Minimum high school GPA of 2
    • Required for Some Essay or personal statement
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.37
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen February 15th --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan October 15th November 1st --
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer February 15th --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 510 610
    • SAT Math 490 585
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 20 26
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$35,816
    • Out-of-state tuition *$35,816
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$100
    • Room and board *$10,718
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Financial Aid

    • Average Financial Aid Package:$24,977
    • Average Freshman Financial Aid Package:$25,635
    • Average Loan Aid:$4,348
    • Average Grant Aid:$13,427
    • Average Scholarship and/or Grant Aid Awarded:$20,935
    • Percentage of Students with Need who Receive Financial Aid:100%
    • Average Percentage of Financial Need Met: 72%
    • Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met: 16%

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,682
    • Male Student Percentage%
    • Female Student Percentage100%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino8.26%
    • Black or African American8.32%
    • White or Caucasian70.57%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.77%
    • Asian3.21%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.12%
    • Two or more races3.51%
    • Unknown or International Student3.51%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout1.72% representing 33 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students12% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Female-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 54%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Student Government Association, Entertainment Association, Recreation Association, Class Organizations, choral groups
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported


Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • 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 No No No
    • Volleyball No No No
  • 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 No Division 3 No
    • Volleyball No Division 3 No


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty222
    • Full-time Percentage59%
    • Part-time Percentage41%
    • Female Percentage69%
    • Male Percentage31%
    • Student:Faculty RatioNot Reported



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