Meredith College

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3800 Hillsborough Street

Raleigh, NC 27607-5298

Phone: (919) 760-8600
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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U.S. News Rankings

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#2 Overall Score: 95 out of 100. Regional Colleges (South)

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Meredith College is a private institution that was founded in 1891. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,665, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 225 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Meredith College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (South), 2. Its tuition and fees are $30,642 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Preparing students for their lives as engaged global citizens and leaders is a key goal of Meredith College. Students typically choose this women's college of approximately 2,000 students because of its academic reputation, size and location. What they find are academic and co-curricular experiences that challenge them to excel and empower them to make a difference in the world. As a result, most entering freshmen become Meredith graduates, and alumnae report strong satisfaction with the Meredith experience.

Meredith's academic program provides a strong liberal arts emphasis that includes a core curriculum focusing on cultural understanding and connections. Students choose from over 45 majors and concentrations that prepare them for careers, professions and graduate study. Students expand their learning through study abroad, the Undergraduate Research Program, LeaderShape, and community involvement. Meredith's capital city location affords abundant opportunities for internships with such organizations as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, SAS Institute, and GlaxoSmithKline. The Meredith Technology Initiative provides each full-time student with her own laptop computer.

General Information

School type private
Year founded 1891
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $75,673,912


When applying to Meredith College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early decision deadline is October 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Meredith College is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 62.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 62.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Meredith College is 12:1. The most popular majors at Meredith College include: Psychology, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Business/Commerce, General; Interior Design; and Child Development. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 75.8 percent.

Class sizes N/A
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 48%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Psychology, General 11%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 9%
Business/Commerce, General 9%
Interior Design 9%
Child Development 6%

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Student Life

Meredith College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,665, with a gender distribution of 0.3 percent male students and 99.7 percent female students. At this school, 58 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 42 percent of students live off campus. Meredith College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,947
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Meredith College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Meredith College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Meredith College, 96 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Meredith College.

Students who have cars on campus 96%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Meredith College, 75.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $17,011.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $30,642 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,766 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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