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Parents of First Year Students Welcome to Meredith College! As a parent or guardian, you play a vital role in your student's transition into the college community. This can be both an exciting and a challenging experience.

Meredith College values its partnership with parents and family members of Meredith students.  The College has developed a statement that outlines expectations for students, family members, and Meredith College in an effective partnership that supports students' growth and development as adults and responsible individuals.  This "Partnership for Success" statement is followed by frequently asked questions and answers that provide information and resources for parents and family members of Meredith students.

Survival Tips for Parents of First Year College Students

DO Share in the enthusiasm and excitement.

DO Expect homesickness and times when college life seems overwhelming.

DO Encourage your student to accept responsibility and become her own problem-solver.

DO Expect change and give her space to grow.

DO Listen, write, call and send care packages.

DO Find new interests to help you let go.

DO Encourage your student to get involved on campus and to participate in weekend programs.

DON'T Overreact and rush to the rescue. Encourage and support, but let her handle concerns and issues.

DON'T Encourage coming home often. Students make smoother transitions and are happier if they stay on campus long enough to make friends and get involved.

DON'T Expect many letters or phone calls. Sometimes students get caught up in a whirlwind of activity and forget to stay in touch.

DON'T Be surprised if she changes her mind on her major and career interests.

Recommended Reading for Parents

You're On Your Own (but I'm here if you need me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years
by Marjorie Savage

Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years

by Karen Levin Coburn and
Madge Lawrence Treeger 

Empty Nest ... Full Heart: The Journey from Home to College
by Andrea Van Steenhouse, Ph.D
Almost Grown: Launching Your Child from High School to College
by Patricia Pasick, M.Ed., Ph.D. 

Hey Kid: Letters from a Dad
by Alan Packer
The Debt-Free Graduate: How to Survive College or University Without Going Broke
by Murray Baker 

Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money:
The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years

by Helen E. Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller
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Welcome to Meredith College 2018

Meredith College welcomed approximately 460 new students when the Class of 2018 arrived for Move-In Day on August 16, 2014. Members of the Class of 2018 came from 18 states and 17 countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, South Korea, Liberia, Mexico, Russia, Venezuela, and Vietnam. The Class of 2018 includes 38 honors scholars and 28 students who will be Meredith College Teaching Fellows. Meredith also welcomed more than 190 students in the IMPACT Raleigh program, which includes students from Wake County and out-of-state students who provide service and work each semester in their new home of Raleigh.

First Year Experience


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