With the deadline for freshmen deposits still several months away, Meredith College is seeing an increase in the number of women interested in attending.
As of February 15, freshmen applications are up by nearly 10% as compared to 2011 and by 11% as compared to 2010.
Highly qualified women have applied to be part of the incoming class of 2016. Applications to the College’s Honors program have increased by 34% and for talent scholarships in music and interior design by 15%.
Meredith has also received 67 applications from women interested in being a part of the Meredith Teaching Fellows program, which provides aid to qualified high school seniors who commit to the teaching profession.
As a result, 179 students participated in Scholarship Weekend February 19-20 to compete for Talent Scholarships and for placement in the Honors and Teaching Fellows Programs.
Inquiries from prospective students, another sign of increased interest, are also higher than in previous years.
President Jo Allen, ’80, cites academic program enhancements and increased visibility in the region as reasons for higher interest.
“Meredith College stands out because of our continuing commitment to an exceptionally high quality education for women undergraduates,” said Allen. “Our strong reputation and programs that prepare students to lead in their communities, in the workforce, and throughout the world are generating positive response from our prospective students.”
Meredith has recently added an undergraduate major in criminology, becoming the first women’s college in North Carolina to offer a B.A. in this discipline. Meredith expanded its engineering dual degree program, which is offered in partnership with N.C. State, to include mechanical engineering.
Another recent addition is a major in environmental sustainability, which began in 2010-11. Meredith is one of the first colleges in North Carolina to offer an interdisciplinary major focused on sustainability.
Earlier this academic year, Meredith announced the addition of lacrosse as its seventh sport. Meredith will be the first college in Raleigh to field a women’s lacrosse team.
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