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The Meredith College Honors program accepts approximately 40 intellectually gifted and ambitious students each year to participate in special opportunities and capitalize on their strength to fulfill their academic potential.

Incoming First-Year Students

To be considered for admission to the Honors program, incoming first-year students must meet the baseline criteria, which includes:

  • An SAT score of 1200 (or 27 ACT)
  • An unweighted academic GPA of 3.75
  • Inclusion in the top 10% of her high school graduating class

Application Process
Step 1. Students meeting baseline criteria are invited to apply for admission to the Honors program.
Step 2. Applicants who meet the baseline criteria and show promise are invited to campus to interview with a faculty member and a current Honors student.
Step 3. Essays are reviewed by the director of the Honors program and, in some cases, by one additional faculty member.
Step 4. Final decisions on admission to Honors are made by the director of the Honors program.

Criteria for evaluation of applications include the following:

  • Strength of academic record
  • Number of Honors/AP/IB classes and performance in these classes
  • Strength of senior year courses and performance
  • More specific testing information including SAT (verbal and math only) / ACT subscores; end-of-course tests (EOCs); AP exam scores; SAT II (when available)
  • Essay or writing sample
  • Academic honors and awards
  • National honors (e.g., NHS, National Merit finalist)
  • State and other honors (Governor’s School, Park nominee, Morehead nominee)
  • Leaderships positions in school, church and community
  • Letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors and alumnae


Current Students


While most Honors students are admitted as new freshmen, a small number of exceptional students are accepted to the program mid-year. Meredith College students who meet the following requirements are encouraged to apply:

  • Completion of a minimum of 15 credit hours at Meredith College (current semester included) and at least 60 hours remaining until graduation
  • An outstanding Meredith College GPA (most students admitted at mid-year have a GPA above 3.85)
  • A challenging course selection
  • A consistent record of academic and/or personal challenge and accomplishment prior to attending Meredith College
  • Motivation and desire to participate fully in the Honors program

We are looking for individuals who will both benefit from and contribute to the community of scholars that form the Honors Program.

Mid-Year Honors Application »


Meredith College Honors Students

The learning environment for Honors students includes a rigorous curriculum that reflects the highest accomplishment in research, creativity and thought at the College.


Contact Information:

115 Joyner Hall
(919) 760-8814
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