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First Year Experience / Summer Reading Program

Meredith College’s 2015 Summer Reading Program selection is a memoir by Carlotta Walls Lanier, one of the nine students who first integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957. The book, "A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School," was written by Lanier and Lisa Frazier Page. 

The publisher describes the book “an inspiring, thoroughly engrossing memoir that is not only a testament to the power of one to make a difference but also of the sacrifices made by families and communities that found themselves a part of history.”

After reviewing books on topics ranging from sustainability to women’s empowerment, the Summer Reading Program committee concluded that issues covered by this book about race and American society merit continued attention by the Meredith community. 

The Summer Reading Program enhances the academic climate on campus by engaging incoming first-year students in a shared intellectual endeavor with the entire campus community, including students, faculty, staff, and alumnae.


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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