Meredith College


Meredith College has grown to be one of the largest women's institutions in the U.S. Ask anyone what Meredith women have in common and they'll tell you, "confidence." That's no accident. Meredith College has been educating strong, confident women for more than a century. You'll be more than a number at Meredith. We'll know you by name! We'll help you discover your strengths, we'll know what sparks your curiosity and even more important- when you're ready for even bigger challenges. Faculty will help you imagine and do more than you may have ever thought possible! First-generation students at Meredith won't get back papers with hastily-scratched grades from a teaching assistant. Instead, you're likely to be invited to find detailed feedback and an invitation to talk about it in person. Faculty are genuinely committed to your success! Academic advisers will ensure you're taking the courses you need to take, when you need to take them. At Meredith, our goal is helping you reach yours.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Scholarship & Financial Aid Merit Scholarships and Tuition Grants

Reward your strength - at Meredith, we recognize and reward outstanding ability and talent by sponsoring competitive scholarship programs for all students. Upon admission to the College, you’re automatically considered for Meredith College Academic Merit Scholarships or tuition grants. Academic Merit Scholarships range from $13,000-$18,000. Tuition Grants range from $7,000-$12,000. Separate applications are required to be considered for additional first-year scholarships, which include: music, art, theatre, and interior design. The Meredith Legacy Scholarship (full ride plus study abroad stipend) and Presidential Scholarships (full tuition plus study abroad stipend) are awarded to students applying to the Honors program. A minimum 3.75 GPA and 27 ACT/1220 SAT is required to apply to the Honors program. Download the application at Learn more about Merit Scholarships and Tuition Grants

Scholarship & Financial Aid Meredith Promise Scholarships

In recognition of academic ability, intellectual promise and leadership skills, Meredith College has established the Meredith Promise Scholarship for students from under-represented groups. The scholarship is renewable up to a total of four years, provided the recipient remains in good standing, is a full-time student and maintains a 2.5 quality point ratio on all courses taken at Meredith.

Summer Bridge & Orientation Summer Symposium

Meredith College’s Summer Symposium is a two-day educational and transitional experience meant to foster a sense of community among incoming first-year and transfer multicultural students.

First-Year Experience & Transition The First Year Experience Class (FYE)

The FYE Class is a one-hour credit class taught by a variety of faculty and staff across campus. This class is designed to help students make a successful transition into college. Topics covered include: effective study skills for college, time management, communicating with professors and academic dialogue, critical thinking skills, diversity, learning about Raleigh and dealing with homesickness. Because the class is small and interactive, it also provides a support group for new students, as well as the chance to develop a strong relationship with a faculty/staff member.

First-Year Experience & Transition Meredith Hues Program

The Meredith Hues Program is a student group run through the Office of Admissions that allows multicultural freshmen the opportunity to assist in the recruitment of new multicultural students.

Academic Advising & Support StrongPoints

A great college experience prepares you for a successful career and a satisfying life. That's why we developed StrongPoints®- an advising and personal coaching program found only at Meredith that's designed to help you make the most of college. Through this comprehensive initiative, you'll identify your strengths and then build on them. Explore academic and experiential activities. Increase your financial literacy. Examine potential career paths. And with the guidance of expert faculty and staff advisers, you'll develop a plan to achieve your goals in college - and throughout your life. Learn more at

Academic Advising & Support The Learning Center

The Learning Center is a free academic support program for all Meredith College students staffed by students who are trained to assist their peers. The Learning Center offers subject specific tutoring in 100 and 200 level courses, including English, writing, grammar, mathematics and other subjects that vary by semester. Writing tutors work with students writing papers for any course, regardless of level.

Student Diversity

  • 1,687
  • 0/100
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • 1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 3%
  • 11%
    Black or African American
  • 3%
  • n/a
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 73%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • 2%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 4%

Student Success

  • 80%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 64%
    Six-year graduation
  • 55%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 88%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 61%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 130
    Full-time faculty
  • 12
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 12:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    STEM majors, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Health-Related Career field majors, Design - Interior Design, Fashion Design, and Graphic Design, Business/Marketing, Education, Visual and Performing Arts

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Association for Cultural Awareness, Meredith International Association, SGA Unity Council, Diversity Council, Meredith Hues, Muslim Student Association, Angelas Latinas, Black Student Union


Cost of Attendance

  • $34,807
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $100
    Required Fees
  • $10,390
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $19,000,000
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $26,713
    Average aid package
  • $33,993
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 33%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 74%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 60%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 16%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 1,920
    # of applicants
  • 60%
  • 3.40
    Average HS GPA
  • 23
    ACT Composite
  • 480—560
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 460—570
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 02/15
    Regular application closing date
  • $40
    Application Fee
  • $40
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 10/30
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 12/01
    Early action application closing date