Meredith College is the largest women’s college in the Southeast. This private 4-year school is set on 225 acres in downtown Raleigh, NC and features a grand main entrance lined with beautiful oak trees (Raleigh is called the “City of Oaks”). Founded in 1891 as Baptist Female University, in 1904, the name was changed to Baptist University for Women. The name “Meredith College” was chosen in 1909 to honor Thomas Meredith, founder of the Biblical Recorder. The school moved to its current location in 1924. The campus is located near North Carolina State University (with which it shares a degree program) and is close to Research Triangle Park, a medical and technology center in the Piedmont section of the state. Among notable alumnae of the school is Sarah Parker, former Chief Justice of the NC State Supreme Court.
Meredith College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges and offers Bachelor’s Degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates and Master’s Degrees in 37 majors. Presently, there are no degree programs offered online; the school supports internships (both internal and in the field). The school is noted for its Dietetics, Music and Teacher Education programs; the largest programs on campus are in Business, Biology and Visual/Performing Arts. The school is comprised of 4 Academic Departments: Arts & Humanities, Business, Education, Health & Human Sciences and Natural & Mathematical Sciences. Meredith also partners with NC State University in a dual-degree program for Engineering: a 5-year program where the student graduates with a BA in Chemistry or Mathematics from Meredith and a BS in Engineering from NC State. Per the Mission statement, “Meredith College, grounded in the liberal arts and committed to professional preparation, educates and inspires students to live with integrity and provide leadership for the needs, opportunities and challenges of society.”
There are approximately 1650 undergraduate students enrolled in Meredith College. The campus is bustling with many clubs and student-run organizations, as well as the various and colorful annual traditions. For the varsity athletes, the maroon and white Avenging Angels field teams in 7 sports and participate in NCAA Division III competition. The school’s vision is to be “respected nationally as a vibrant learning environment in which students enhance their strengths, broaden their perspectives, and prepare for lives of impact and distinction.” While enrolled, students learn the Core Values of the school: Integrity…upholding high standards of truth and personal honor; Intellectual freedom…fostering a spirit of openness and inquiry, and respecting a range of perspectives and voices; Academic excellence…promoting scholarship, innovation, curiosity, intellectual challenge, hard work and lifelong learning; Responsible global citizenship…contributing positive change through ethical leadership and civic engagement; Personal development…seeking intellectual, personal and spiritual growth through structured and individual learning and experience; Religious diversity…avowing the College’s Christian heritage while respecting all faiths and spiritual beliefs; and Relevance…meeting society’s needs by educating students in programs that prepare them for the future.