At Meredith College, the Triangle’s only women’s college, Going Strong is not just a tagline – it’s a fitting description of Fall 2015 enrollment expectations.
Meredith is experiencing strong enrollment of new undergraduate and graduate students and its highest retention rate in more than a decade.
When the new academic year begins on August 19, Meredith expects to enroll approximately 670 new undergraduate and graduate students. This includes approximately 440 new first-year students, who make up the third largest freshman class to enroll at Meredith in the last seven years.
The College’s total student population is expected to be around 1,900 students, marking the second year in a row that Meredith’s total student population has increased.
President Jo Allen attributes this enrollment success to Meredith’s long history of strong outcomes for its graduates.
“One of the biggest attractions to Meredith is its 125-year reputation for academic excellence. That kind of history and stability are attractive to women who see the investment of time and resources in the college resulting in big pay-offs for career pursuits,” Allen said. “Among our recent graduates, 94% are employed or in top tier graduate programs within a few short months of graduation.”
Meredith’s emphasis on building strengths through StrongPoints®, an innovative advising and personal coaching model for students, is also drawing students.
“StrongPoints teaches the value of setting goals, determining passions and priorities, and then planning throughout one's education and life experiences,” Allen said. “The StrongPoints strategy makes clear to each student that this is a personal journey, focusing on individual strengths, passions, goals, resources, and decisions.”
Growth in Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Programs
One of the biggest areas of Meredith’s new student enrollment growth is among graduate students, which is up nearly 40% compared to last year. The largest increase in new graduate students is in Meredith’s coeducational MBA program, which recently added a new Human Resources concentration. Meredith’s School of Business just had its accreditation renewed by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Meredith is one of only two women’s colleges in the world to hold this distinction.
Meredith is also expecting a 23% increase in new pre-health post-baccalaureate students. This co-educational program, which is the only one of its kind in the Triangle, prepares students to go on to medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy school, and other health professional programs. One hundred percent of Meredith’s 2014 cohort of pre-health graduates were accepted into a graduate program in the health professions field.
Strong Retention Rates
The College’s student retention rates for returning sophomores and juniors are at their highest levels since 2000.
Senior Vice President and Provost Matthew Poslusny, who oversees academic programs and enrollment, attributes increased satisfaction levels among students “to a heightened focus on student success, through the creation of StrongPoints, the hiring of a director of retention and student success, and the implementation of a new software system designed to better support advising and retention.”
President Allen says Meredith’s location in Raleigh contributes to the College’s ability to attract and retain students, and offer innovative programs.
“Meredith could not be more fortunate than to be located in Raleigh, the heart of the state’s educational, artistic, cultural, entertainment, technological, historical, and political spheres.”
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