At Meredith, we believe that college should be both fun and life-changing. Here, you can create in-depth research projects in areas that interest you, guided by caring and experienced professors. Discover your own, unique leadership style, and explore the world through a study abroad program of your own design. Along the way, you’ll make new friends, discover new ways to enjoy life, and become a part of a diverse and exceptionally friendly community.
At Meredith, our personal approach shapes the way we work with every student, beginning with a holistic review of your application for admission. Students are selected for admission based on their potential for success in the classroom and engagement in the Meredith community and beyond. Demonstrate your academic preparedness and potential. Express yourself! Tell us why you’re a great fit for the Meredith community and about your plans for making a difference in our world.
Applications for admission are evaluated on the following:
- Rigor of your high school course work
- Success in the classroom (Meredith uses an unweighted grading scale)
- Writing ability as demonstrated by your essay and test writing component
- Potential for success and engaging in the community as demonstrated by your recommendations.
Standardized test score – SAT or ACT
Freshmen Admission Programs
We offer two freshmen admission programs: Early Decision and Regular Decision.
Early Decision is designed for students who are ready to commit to Meredith at an early stage and, if admitted, withdraw applications to other colleges/universities.
Regular Decision candidates are those who wish to apply to a number of colleges, and should complete the application process during fall or early winter of their senior year.
Decision notification begins on a rolling basis in mid-October.
Information for Homeschooled Applicants
In addition ot the above requirements, we ask that you schedule an interview with one of our admissions officers. To read more about additional items that might be requested, please go to our Admission Requirements page. We welcome your contributions and look forward to helping you continue your studies at Meredith.
Visits are an essential part of your college search process—it’s the only way to really get a sense of whether each college is a good fit for you. You can visit Meredith’s campus in a variety of ways. Participate in a visitation day, schedule an individual tour, observe a class, or even request to spend the night.
You are invited to come for a visit and experience life as a Meredith student. For more information about campus visit opportunities, click here, call 1-800-MEREDITH or email the Office of Admissions.
Even if you are unable to visit Meredith's campus right now, we might be coming to you! Click here to see when our admissions counselors are coming to your area - we look forward to seeing you.
If you are considering Meredith but are concerned about how to finance your education, please don't hesitate to contact our Office of Financial Assistance. Our staff is available to answer your questions and provide assistance based on your unique circumstances.
To apply for financial assistance, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority deadline is February 15; applications received after this date will be considered for assistance as funding permits. FAFSA applications are available beginning January 1 at www.FAFSA.ed.gov.
For information about scholarships, please click here. To help you thoughtful, informed decision about your college choice, you may find The Value of Meredith helpful - it's an interactive online college comparison workbook.
Meredith enhances academic study for students through a range of offerings that include study abroad, undergraduate research, PRISM and the honors program. Discipline-specific academic enrichment programs include the Meredith College Teaching Fellows and the Paschal Scholars program for freshmen and transfer students who intend to major in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics or engineering (STEM fields).
When you're trying to decide where to go to college, one of the most important sources of information is current students. Our website offers several ways to hear from Meredith students what it's really like to study and live here:
- Follow student blogs of current Meredith students, who talk about what it is like to be a student at Meredith
- Watch videos of current Meredith students, who answer some of the most common questions asked by prospective students, and a video of Meredith's president that answers the question "Is Meredith right for you?"
- Read profiles of current or recent Meredith students, who talk about different aspects of learning at Meredith, from studying abroad to research opportunities
- If you're interested in studying abroad, you may want to read students' travel journals - check out the Italy journals for a firsthand look at Meredith's semester-long program in Sansepolcro, Italy
- If you're a visual person, you may enjoy these photo galleries that show a range of student experiences at Meredith
- Learn more about how Meredith prepares you to succeed after graduation
- Total enrollment: 1,980
- Freshmen enrollment: 407
- Average High School GPA: 3.3
- Average SAT: 1024
- Average ACT: 22
- Class Rank: 20% in Top 10 percent of high school class; 48% in top quarter of high school class
- States represented: 19, including Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, New York, North Carolina, Vermont, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Florida
- Countries represented: 14, including Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Egypt, Iran, India, Kenya, Mexico and Myanmar
- Multicultural population: 27%
Please click here to see Meredith's Viewbook.