The Women’s College Experience: Financial Literacy

As you continue on the college search process, you may be wondering what benefits a women’s college offers as opposed to a co-ed college. This blog will discuss just one of the ways Meredith is committed to preparing women for successful careers and satisfying lives beyond college. 

Through StrongPoints®, our signature advising and personal coaching program, you will learn how to take charge of your own success in all areas of life, including academics, experiential, career, and financial literacy. 

StrongPoints has a particular emphasis on financial literacy, as a recent study shows women are more likely to be financially vulnerable than men (24% versus 17%) – meaning they struggle in nearly all areas of their financial lives.* Assistant Director of StrongPoints Emily Caldwell is a Certified Financial Education Instructor, allowing students to receive one-on-one financial advice for free during their time at Meredith.

Meredith also requires students to take a one-credit course that serves as an introduction to financial literacy topics, as well as provides financial workshops throughout the academic year. 

Additionally, the Office of Career Planning serves all students and alumnae to prepare them to achieve their career goals. You will learn important skills such as salary negotiation to advocate for your value during the hiring process. 

Office of Career Planning Workbook

“Our behaviors normally mirror our family members and people we’re close to. So sometimes, if you don’t know financial information, it’s because what you know has surrounded you your whole life,” said Caldwell. “We’re trying to move beyond financial literacy. We’re really trying to push for financial well-being.”

*The Gender Gap in Financial Health, 2022

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