Meredith College: Narrative Description

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3800 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC 27607-5298
Tel: (919)760-8600
Free: 800-MEREDITH
Admissions: (919)760-8581
Fax: (919)829-2348
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, women only. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1891. Setting: 225-acre urban campus. Endowment: $60.3 million. Total enrollment: 2,168. Faculty: 262 (128 full-time, 134 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 1,138 applied, 91% were admitted. 20% from top 10% of their high school class, 51% from top quarter, 85% from top half. 4 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,578 students. Part-time: 430 students. Students come from 33 states and territories, 20 other countries, 12% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 9% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 20% 25 or older, 46% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 79% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; visual/performing arts; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Cooperating Raleigh Colleges, American University, Marymount College (NY), Drew University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay, interview, SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 2/15, 10/15 for early decision. Notification: continuous, 11/1 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $25,550 includes full-time tuition ($19,950) and college room and board ($5600). Part-time tuition: $525 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 93 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Entertainment Association, Recreation Association, Class Organizations, choral groups. Major annual events: Cornhuskin', Day of Celebration, Spring Formal. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, self-defense instruction. 1,115 college housing spaces available; 825 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: women-only housing available. Carlyle Campbell Library plus 1 other with 186,100 books, 15,626 microform titles, 669 serials, 12,997 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.2 million. 140 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Meredith is located at the western edge of Raleigh, NC, the state capital and home of five other colleges and universities. The area is served by air, bus and rail. The campus is easily accessible from I-40, bordered by US 1 and Wade Avenue, with the front entrance facing Hillsborough Street. Raleigh is a part of the Research Triangle Area, which includes Durham and Chapel Hill, NC. It is a cultural center with the N.C. Museums of Art, History and Natural Science, the North Carolina Symphony and numerous theaters. Meredith itself is a center for many cultural events including the Fletcher School of the Performing Arts and the National Opera Company.

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