Meredith College
Raleigh, NC, USA

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Meredith College
4.35 Average Rating

Emily from Raleigh, NC

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
A Sisterhood. An Experience. An Education.
Tips for prospective students
Visit the school!
Academic Rigor
Don't doubt for a moment that this school will be easy. They may accept in more students but they are equally challenging to any top university.

There is a reason why we have such great test scores, and pass rates....
Dorm Life
Dorms are great! All dorms offer free cable, and most of the dorms have bathrooms within the room (rather than the hall). Each floor has a small kitchen area for cooking, baking, and heating up food.
Food and Dining
For a small college, their food and dining and exceptional. The employees are really nice!

They have at least about 3 different hot food options available at each meal, and always have sandwiches, pizza, burgers, salads, cereal, and bagels available. Not to mention they have an ice-cream machine (with toppings!) and will provide weekly special cuisines (like Indian food, or vegetarian specials, etc).

The meal plan given to students is unlimited (which is nice) so you never have to worry....
What to do for fun
Meredith is a sisterhood, so we often like to hang out together and simply relax.
Bang for the buck
This school costs a lot of money but its worth it! My older sister attends a community college and while its cheaper, she doesn't enjoy it and doesn't have much experience to put on her resume. After being at Meredith for only a year and taking part in the opportunities they offer, my Resume is larger and more impressive than hers (and she has been in college for 3 years)
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Do I even need to mention Corn Husking? I'm sure everybody else would have explained it.
Great for these types of students
This school is great for those who want more than just a degree. They offer experience and friendship....

Meredith is also very self sufficient which means that its great for students who can't rely on their families or who are moving far away from family.
Clubs and Activities
They have plenty of clubs and activities for every interest and major.
Campus Safety
They have very good campus security. There is 24hr security, and after 11pm males are carded at the gates (we have strict male policies)
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Yovani from Seven Springs, NC

accepted here and planning to attend soon
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
It is a small and private school . The people are really nice and helpful. I rate this college a 10 and the campus is really beautiful.
Tips for prospective students
Always visit the campus and make sure you ask a lot of questions. Always have a backup plan because you will never know what kind of situation you might fall in. Make sure to ask if you have more opportunities later on to apply for their scholarships.
Food and Dining
They have a cafe so it good and nice dinning area.
What to do for fun
There is a lot of clubs you can join and a lot of traditional activities.
Bang for the buck
It is expensive no doubt but that's way you can apply for many scholarships and a have job.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
They have their own little beach area.
Great for these types of students
This school is great for any type of students; there is many types of ethnicity and religions.
Clubs and Activities
There is a lot of clubs so definitely you will find one.
Campus Safety
Good no need to worry.
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Niki from Wake Forest, NC

a current student here
25 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
At Meredith College all of your professors will know your name and how well you are doing in their class. They continually strive to challenge and introduce students to new topics and conflicts that our generation faces and provide students with the tools they need to be leaders and overcome these struggles.
Am enjoying being here
The college is very tight nit and has some of the best school spirit there is! I love being at Meredith because no matter how diverse or out of the ordinary you are, everyone fits in. There are so many traditions that all classes get involved in and it is truly a home away from home.
Bang for the buck
Although the college is private and very expensive, the education that you will find here is better than any other school. You're paying for quality professors, small class size, and personal relationships you won't find anywhere else. Plus, Meredith gives great scholarships and job opportunities that will make those tuition dollars well worth the while.
Tips for prospective students
If you're planning on applying to Meredith, attend all the visitation days and programs that the college offers for prospective students. You'll be able to meet current students, learn your way around campus, and see what it's like to live in the Meredith Community. And get involved! The school loves students with innovative idea, ways to keep the campus more green, and diversity too.
Great for these types of students
This is a great college for those who are leaders or want to be but never thought it would be possible. The campus is very welcoming to all students regardless or race, ethnicity, documentation, or sexual orientation.
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Brittney from Wilson, NC

a current student here
16 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Don't expect to escape homework just because you escaped high school. Meredith makes you work to learn, and it's worth it. The professors are nice and care about you. Sometimes, they're even more than a little bit crazy. What's great about Meredith is that put an emphasis on undergraduate research and study abroad and are willing to provide financial assistance for both.
Am enjoying being here
The community here is excellent. The whole college truly is a sisterhood, and the ring is an excellent way of identifying family you never even knew you had. Also, Cornhuskin' (you just have to experience it!) is a major way that the entire campus comes together.
Bang for the buck
As a private college, the tuition is high, but there are many scholarships available to help pay for you education. The technology initiative also helps. You receive a laptop as a freshmen (as long as you are classified as a full-time student), and you turn that laptop in and get a new one your junior year, which is yours to keep upon graduation.
Tips for prospective students
Many students go home over the weekend, but that doesn't take away from the feeling of community here. The honors program is definitely worth looking into.
Great for these types of students
Hard-working, potential leaders, those not wanting a large university but still desiring some amount of anonymity.
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Emily

a current student here
11 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Before I write: I just wanted to say that I wrote a lot due to lack of student reviews on this college. When I was researching this school, I wish I had more student reviews.

You will learn a lot at this school. This college does its best to help you succeed. The teachers care about you, they have free tutoring for full time students, and more. THe smaller class settings allow you to ask more questions, and the fact its all girls makes the classes a bit more chatty.
Am enjoying being here
Its a beautiful and warm-hearted place. Many of the commuters I know, wished they chose to stay on campus because its just a big sisterhood full of things to do. The students clearly run the school, because the staff actually listen to what students want. Because of this, I have found Meredith more fit for a young student than any other college I visited.
Bang for the buck
I will admit that the college is expensive. However, they do not waste your money. They put it to great use. From unlimited meal plans, tutoring, counseling, fitness center, library, pool, sports, activities, and more. THey spend your money on things for YOU.
Tips for prospective students
Research the school. Take advantage of all the oppurtunities the school offers. Don't pass up on the 'big sis-lil sis' tradition. If you decide to go, make sure to fill out the form to recieve a big sis (aka, a junior level mentor).
Great for these types of students
This school is great for those who want a family-like community, but also want the ability to spread their wings and fly. Its great for those who are moving far away from family, or are not able to rely on family through-out college. THe college is highly self-sufficent and everything needed to survive is right there on campus.

This college is also good for those who truly want experience. Unlike at big universities, experience is very easy to get. Countless oppurtunities are given and students are strongly encouraged to gain some experience. 80% of students intern or study abroad.
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Elizabeth from Cary, NC

a current student here
6 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
My classes are challenging but generally not painfully difficult. There are occasionally classes that are either very easy or ones that are a constant struggle, but most are engaging without sapping your will to live.
Am enjoying being here
The friends I've made here at Meredith are some of my favorite people in the world. I've met plenty of new people and a couple of really close friends. I have enough free time that I get to do the things I love even when they don't line up with the classes I'm taking.
Bang for the buck
As has been mentioned, Meredith is expensive. My experience, however, is that the merit scholarships are generous and the experience is definitely worth the excess cost.
Tips for prospective students
If possible, try to meet a current student at Meredith and spend a night in the dorms. The more you're here, especially outside of the tours and Q & A sessions, the more clear it will be if Meredith is the place for you.
Great for these types of students
Students who are more concerned with the quality of education than the quality of boys they will meet. In case you haven't heard, we don't have any.
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Morgan from Gastonia, NC

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Meredith College exceeded all of the expectations I had for a college during my application process. I did not apply anywhere else in my search for a location as my future education home, because I immediately felt the connection I had with the campus and the people. Meredith is a spectacular learning and living atmosphere with instructors, peers, and faculty that are truly concerned with the well-being and advancement of the students.
Tips for prospective students
Attending Meredith College means that one is genuinely interested in receiving the highest level of education possible, as well as realizing and achieving one's dreams. Enrollment at Meredith is a wise investment in one's future and is not to be taken lightly. College life at Meredith, or any school, must be well-balanced. This balance can be achieved by responsibly appointing time to both a social life and school work. Procrastination is the enemy. Don't allow it to be an option.
Meredith is a private college, and at a private college there are smaller classes where individualized attention is encouraged by professors if it is needed. Don't hesitate to make use of this opportunity. A private school is designed specifically for asking questions and getting answers. Don't be afraid to connect with the instructors. Their job is to help you.
Don't be intimidated by the other students. I promise they are just as nervous as you are about making friends and finding classrooms. Being nervous is actually a pretty good ice-breaking topic. Talk to someone and the two of you can be scared together!
Get involved. There is a ton of stuff that happens on campus year round. Take advantage of all the chances to interact with other students and get to know all of the school's activities and traditions. There is almost always something to do with all the clubs, dinners, socials, and get-togethers.
Have fun! Make time to relax! College is meant to be a growing experience, so give yourself room to do just that! Take a breather, go for a run, enjoy the campus and schedule some down time!
Most importantly... take a lot of pictures. Your college memories will last a lifetime. Make them count and let them live long past graduation!
Academic Rigor
The academic standards at Meredith College are very high and are expected to be met. The professors are paid for their education, instructing capabilities, and knowledge, and it is expected of students to harness the education they provide and make good use of it. It is not the responsibility of the instructors to force school work upon a student. It is a student's duty to perform the necessary tasks and meet the important requirements of the classroom.
The classes are challenging, but they allow the mind to develop and entice you to work hard. All of the courses at Meredith require thought and dedication to working rigorously, but the outcome is rewarding. The general education program might seem tedious and difficult, but it works toward creating a well-rounded student and a future successful member of the community and society as a whole. Once a student dives into courses involved in one's major, the work becomes more time-consuming and commitment becomes necessary, but that is to be expected. And if the major is something a student is passionate about, then the required work becomes a goal instead of a just school work.
Dorm Life
Meredith is comfortably nestled in the Raleigh, North Carolina, with the city's beautiful green-way trail wrapped around the campus. With quad dormitories and on-campus apartments, the living conditions at Meredith are excellent. The dorms have suite-style rooms that share a joint bathroom between two rooms that house four people total, though some of the dorm building fourth floors have community bathrooms with rooms for two people. The suites are surprisingly spacious, making a comfortable environment, and the hall-mates are easy to connect with due to hall socials organized by the RA. The on-campus apartments, reserved mostly for juniors and seniors, house four people at a time with a kitchen, bathroom areas, and individual bedrooms. Both the dorm buildings and the apartments have stunning views of the very green and well-kept campus. The Residence Life staff at Meredith seek to make every student's dorm experience comfortable and memorable, and are always willing to work through kinks that may occur. There are, of course, rules and restrictions to maintain the safety of the students, and since the college is an all-female school, there are designated boy hours that are specifically for weekends. These guidelines do not take away from the dorm-life experience, however. With a lounge located in the center of the hall there is always an opportunity to microwave some dinner, stare out at the campus, and bond with other dorm-dwellers. Dorm life at Meredith is fun and is definitely a home away from home.
Food and Dining
The cafeteria at Meredith College is definitely well-equipped with a variety of food to meet the needs and wants of students. With different labeled areas designated for home-cooking, pizza/pasta, sandwiches, daily specials, and vegetarian meals, the dining hall is well organized and loaded with options for every student. The food is tasty, and if there doesn't seem to be anything a student likes on any given day, there are also salad and cereal counters. In addition to the dining hall, there is the Beehive Cafe which is located on the second floor of the campus Cate Center. Here there are a variety of food options including burgers, fries, pizza, and plenty of refrigerator goods such as salads, wraps, sandwiches and lunch-ables. The Beehive also comes equipped with a sub station where a cafe assistant creates a sub sandwich to meet your requests. Chic-fil-a options are also available throughout the week, and quick snacks and goodies are always in stock to keep tired students going, as well as health-conscious choices to satisfy a healthy lifestyle. Apart from the cafeteria and Beehive Cafe, there are several snack and drink machines located around the campus to ward off thirst and the munchies.
What to do for fun
If there isn't a social or campus-wide activity going on, there are plenty of pass-times around campus to occupy free time. The campus offers nature-based attractions and activities such as the green-way (available for walking, jogging, running, and bike-riding), as well as a lake-side gazebo, a wide open amphitheatre (for campus concerts and ceremonies), and a regular outdoor film showing.
Since Meredith College resides directly on Raleigh's well-known Hillsborough Street, there is an array of fun locations off campus. All of Hillsborough is loaded with restaurants, shops, coffee houses, markets, and other fun attractions. The down town area of Raleigh is all filled with these same attractions and more! Also, no more than ten minutes down the highway is the Crabtree shopping mall, packed with restaurants and stores of all kinds, which is always a plus in a college city. There is also fun around Raleigh and Meredith's campus that I'm sure are yet to be discovered, and students are encouraged to come and seek them out for themselves!
Bang for the buck
I highly believe that Meredith is well worth the price of tuition. Students receive the entire package deal with the Meredith College experience. The education, connections, friendships, activities, and campus life are all rewarding in more than one way and are specific to every student who attends. Meredith offers so much to students and firmly believes in giving women the opportunity to pursue their dreams and do so successfully with the support of the college.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Though Meredith partakes in numerous traditions and activities throughout the school year, I would have to say that the most outrageous and memorable tradition at Meredith is the annual Corn Huskin' event that takes place over the course of a week during October. Corn Huskin' consists of immense student involvement in class skits, competitions, games, songs, and a final performance at the end of the week, to which family and friends are invited. This outrageous and thrilling tradition is a fantastic way to get connected with the peers in your class and participate in a little friendly competition. There is so much that goes on during the week of Corn Huskin' that is it difficult to recall all that happens. The summation of the week-long event is fun and interactive for everyone, whether in the audience or in the performances.
Great for these types of students
Meredith College is a fantastic place for young ladies who are interested in receiving a quality education in an atmosphere that promotes the success of women and provides a learning environment without common distractions. With a variety of available majors, including an excellent art department, Meredith College is a versatile learning facility that caters to students' interests and goals. With so much faculty and staff concern for the success of their students, Meredith provides an environment in which students can prosper and develop at a rate that is right for them.
Meredith College is perfect for students that are self-motivated and driven. It is also a great advocate of athletes and performing art students. Meredith College is focused on the creative energy that students have to offer, as well as embracing the career skills that abide in every woman. It is also a fitting place for those who prefer smaller, more individualized and focused learning experiences that a private school has to offer. Meredith is a remarkable institute for any young woman to discover success and a home away from home.
Clubs and Activities
At Meredith College, students have access to an array of clubs ranging from language-based and academic clubs to common and personal interest clubs. Students are encouraged to join as many clubs as meets their available free time and academic schedule, but are also advised to select only the quantity that will not overwhelm them. There are designated days on which clubs set up information tables and boards in the court yard to display facts about activities and to provide students the chance to sign up and explore options.
As far as activities go, those available at Meredith could fill a novel. Apart from clubs, there are annual activities that connect students, advocate community, and incorporate fun. Activities on campus range from religious community gatherings and socials to annual student art sales and regular student on-stage performances. Whatever a student's style and preferences, there is something to fit every personality.
Campus Safety
Campus safety at Meredith College is of the utmost importance. Ensuring the safety of students is a top priority, and there are always security guards on call to escort students anywhere on campus if they ever feel uncomfortable walking alone at night or in inclement weather. The security call number is posted everywhere around campus and is always known by someone who can provide it to other students. Not only is the campus guarded by around-the-clock security, but is also gate-secured after a particular hour of the night. If residence leave campus and return after a given time, they are required to present their Meredith College i.d. cam card to the night guard present at the security post. If a student is being dropped off by a male driver, or is accompanied by males, their i.d. or i.d.'s are requested and kept in the security office and are returned when the male guests exit the campus at the designated boy hours curfew. The campus police are continually available to provide their services and keep students safe at any cost to themselves. Protection and safety are always ensured at Meredith and students are never without peace of mind.
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Caitlin from Newport, NC

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Besides learning a ton from my General Education classes that Meredith requires you to take in order to graduate, the classes I take for my major is where I find myself learning the most. The teaching staff is wonderful and teaches from their own experiences and knowledge of each subject, rather than following a syllabus.
Am enjoying being here
Meredith College has a variety of events every year from Cornhuskin, Ring Dinner, Dances, Formals, Big Sis Lil' Sis, and atheletics. There is always something going on, so there is never a bland weekend. I love how updated the dorms are with suites that share a bathroom instead of a community bathroom. The location is perfect with Crabtree Mall three miles down the road, NC State two minutes down the road, and various shops and restaurants along Hillsborough Street.
Bang for the buck
Although Meredith College's tuition is high, people tend to forget about the benefits. You have a secured, fenced in campus with active security, receive a laptop as a freshman and have it updated as a junior, rewarded amounts on you cam-card per each start of the semester, and great athletic facilities (Brand new track and turf soccer field). Located in the best part of Raleigh with NC State right down the street and the campus is beautiful!
Tips for prospective students
Discuss the benefits Meredith College offers within the tuition and do not just shoot it down because it is a high number. There are multiple scholarships to apply for, so do it! Do not think of it as an all-girls school when you have NC State boys right down the street! Look into being a part of an athletic team.
Great for these types of students
For students who like to be involved in clubs and athletics. For students who love to sing and dance, there is a huge music program that Meredith offers (my suitemate is a music major and loves it). For students who like to be a part of the campus life and participate in exciting events!
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Mykayla from Apex, NC

accepted here and planning to attend soon
4 people found this review useful
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Will learn a lot
This college has many opportunities not only at this school but at many other schools they are partnered with including NC State. If you can't find what you want at Meredith, you can take classes at one of their partnered schools while still enrolled in Meredith.
Will enjoy being here
The campus is beautiful and small. The city it is in has a lot to offer. I really admire what there is to do here.
Bang for the buck
It is a tad expensive but, for being a private school, it has many things to do, see, and learn.
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Jessica from Raeford, NC

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Meredith College is a very welcoming place with a loving atmosphere. Everyone is nice and willing to help you and you will make life long lasting friendships. There is not a person there that does not want to see you succeed and prosper in the real world.
Tips for prospective students
Do not go into this college thinking that you are going to fail. College is nothing like high school you have more time to do homework and focus on time management skills and studying habits. If you still have doubts Meredith holds workshops for students that feel they are lacking on those skills as well.
Academic Rigor
I'm not going to lie and say this past semester was a breeze but it wasn't horrific either. You have your busy times and your lax times but for the money you pay you are getting an excellent education and are sure to graduate with tons of jobs lined up.
Dorm Life
I absolutely love the dorms. The dorms are really nice depending on the one you get. I live in Poteat and I love it. There is plenty of storage space and the beds are nice and comfortable. We had a few issues with the shower flooding and the sink leaking but once you send in that work order the handy men get right on it and everything returns good as new or sometimes even new.
Food and Dining
The food is delicious and you have a wide range of options to choose from in the dining hall. There is a salad bar, pizza station, fast food station, vegetarian station, sandwich making station and already made sandwich station, a sushi station, and a sauteed station. Every meal is a buffet and there's a ton to choose from. There is also the beehive which is like a mini gas station in the top of one of our student centers which has a fast food area and a self serve smoothie machine and lots more.
What to do for fun
There is so much to do on and off campus. Meredith holds plays and dance festivals during the weekends. They also have Meredith and a movie where they screen a movie in the courtyard. Off campus you have a wide range of chooses. Since we are located in the heart of Raleigh the mall is fifteen minutes away and there are hundreds of restaurants to go to and hang out at after hours. Also there are clubs no too far away. Plus Ben and Jerry's is right across the street in a little mini mall with a lot of other great restaurants. There is also something to do even if you are just hanging around in your dorm room.
Bang for the buck
I think for the money you pay to go to Meredith you get an excellent education with professors that challenge you and want you to succeed. Meredith also requires their students to have an internship to graduate so that they can know for sure rather their field is the right place for them saving them a lot of money in the end.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
I absolutely love the traditions. First there is Cornhuskin which is this big event that happens at the end of October and lasts a whole week. Basically it's a huge competition between the classes this year it was 2013 2014 2015 and 2016. It's so much fun to participate in and so amazing to watch everything come together over the weeks of practicing. Honestly you really just have to experience it. There is also Stunt which is like a field day for our school in the spring. They have a program called the big sis lil sis program where juniors become big sisters to freshman and help and guide them until they graduate. Most girls become best friend's with their big sis I know I have and a lot other girls have as well this one is my favorite tradition. Lastly there is the onyx ring tradition which is where students with 60 credits or more in the fall semester of their junior year get a ring with an onyx stone in the middle of it. This tradition is the big one for most students and they say this is when they really feel unified to the school.
Great for these types of students
Since Meredith College is a private all women's school you have to be female. You also have to be a student that loves to learn and wants to find themselves and grow into a prosperous woman in an atmosphere full of loving and supportive people.
Clubs and Activities
Meredith College has over 100 clubs and if they don't have one you really want you can start your own. I girl I knew wanted to have a cheer-leading club and she just started one this past semester. Also there are a variety of sports such as softball, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, and track and field.
Greek Life
Since Meredith is an all women's college we think of ourselves as one big sorority so we don't have any form of Greek life. We have Greek affiliated clubs like if you get a certain GPA you can get inducted into the Kappa society and tons more.
Campus Safety
I feel Meredith College is very safe. They have gates in the front and back of campus and campus security is located in the middle of all the dorms. After eleven o'clock p.m. the back gate closes forcing people to have to drive through the front gate where campus security checks people's ID's and if there is someone who does not go to the school they take their driver's license and do not give it back until they drive by to exit the campus. I honestly feel very safe. Plus all the dorms cannot be accessed unless you have your student ID which is also known as your cam-card if you don't have that you cannot get in any of the dorms. Overall the campus is a pretty secure place that covers all their bases. You even have to know about fire safety and what to do if there is a fire and how to prevent starting one. Also drugs and alcohol are not permitted in the dorms and when they have open house hours which are when boys can come in the dorms they have to leave by 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday.
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