What’s It Like to Attend Meredith As An Early College High School Student?

Three students walking to class on Meredith's campus.

At Meredith, we welcome early college high school and dual-enrolled students and we’re committed to working with you to make a successful transition to a residential college. That commitment includes financial support – you’ll be automatically considered for all first-year scholarships, including an Academic Merit Scholarship, awarded to all first-year students who meet our admission requirements, which provides $20,000 – 27,000 annually.

But you’re probably still wondering what it’s really like to attend Meredith as an early college high school student. Read on to hear from some of our current students about their experiences.

Itzel Zuniga

Interior Design Major

“I entered Meredith College with dual enrollment from Bladen Community College. Being a first-generation student, it was extremely difficult for my parents to let me attend college in the first place. But once I was finally here at Meredith, my friends allowed me to really open up and understand how to juggle college, personal life, mental health, and more. My success coach was another person who helped me stay in college and would check up on me, which I always appreciated.”

Read More of Itzel’s Story

Rosemary Vega Escutia, ’23

Spanish and Psychology major with K-12 Licensure

“I came into Meredith with a full associate degree that I obtained through an early college program. When I began my journey during the height of the pandemic, I was worried about finding my place on campus and getting access to all of my resources. However, I quickly realized just how supportive my faculty and staff were. They helped me develop a plan based on my interests and goals, taking into account my prior credits and experiences. I was able to have one-on-one conversations with my professors, which led me to declare my majors in psychology and Spanish, pursue my K-12 licensure, and study abroad in Costa Rica.

My experiences have opened so many possibilities for my future. After graduation, I plan to teach Spanish, something I never saw myself doing before coming to Meredith. I would love to one day continue my education in a program that would lead me to work in higher education so I can help others the way my faculty and staff helped me.”

Olivia Roy, ’26

Psychology and Dance Major

“I came into Meredith with 62 credits through dual enrollment at my community college. The transition was rough in the beginning – I am very close to my family so it was difficult to be far from them. I have found support gradually and slowly the adjustment has gotten better with the help of friends and campus resources like my fabulously supportive success coach. One thing that really helped me was the checkup emails I received from various campus resources – it alerted me that resources were there and made me feel less ashamed to admit I needed help.”


Interested in learning more about how you can finish your degree at Meredith as an early college or dual-enrolled student?

Explore our early college high school webpage, and then contact the Meredith College Admissions team with questions. Reach them by email at or by phone at (919) 760-8581.


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