First Year / Admission Requirements

For all applicants, a completed application, including an essay, is required. Students must also submit a non-refundable $40 application fee or acceptable fee waiver. A complete list of application requirements is provided below.

High School Transcript

We’ll review your coursework for academic rigor and your grades for success. Meredith uses an unweighted grading scale when reviewing transcripts.

Minimum completed units in grades 9-12:

  • English – 4
  • Mathematics – 3 (Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry or a higher level course for which Algebra II is a pre-requisite.
  • Science – 3
  • History/Social Science – 3
  • Foreign Language – 2
  • Academic Elective – 1


Standardized Tests

SAT or ACT scores are required. Meredith does not require subject tests. Beginning Spring 2016 writing portions of the ACT or SAT are not required.

Secondary School Report

Your high school counselor's recommendation is an important component of your application. Complete the top portion of the secondary school report, print and deliver to your counselor. Please ask your counselor to mail, email or fax the completed form to the Office of Admission.


Provide a recommendation from a teacher or school official who can attest to your academic ability during your junior or senior year. Additional academic recommendations are welcome.


A writing sample is an important component of your application. Your response provides deeper insight into who you are - your passions, your strengths and what you will bring to the Meredith community. Your essay helps us understand the experiences that have shaped you. 

Please submit your thoughtful response to the following question (maximum length should be no longer than 500 words):

  • StrongPoints®, Meredith's unique advising and personal coaching program, will help you identify, develop, and use your strengths to build a plan for success at Meredith and beyond in four areas: academic planning, experiential planning, career planning, and financial literacy. Please reflect on your strengths, as you know them, and describe an experience in which you used your strengths to plan for success during your high school years - in the classroom or beyond.


Home-schooled Students

In addition to the requirements above, an interview with an Admissions Officer and two recommendations are required. One of the recommendations should be completed by a non-relative.

For complete admission guidelines, contact the Office of Admissions at (919) 760-8581 or 1-800-MEREDITH or The current Undergraduate Catalogue also provides detailed admission information.


Contact Information:

2nd Floor, Johnson Hall
(919) 760-8581
Fax: (919) 760-2348
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