How will my application be reviewed?

We review all applications holistically, meaning, we carefully review your application in context with the educational opportunities available in your local community. Ultimately, our objective is to offer admission to students whose application indicates potential for thriving at Meredith.

How will my school transcript, GPA, and class rank be used in an admission decision?

Your academic record is one of the most important aspects of your application for admission. Your transcript provides a picture of how you’ve taken advantage of opportunities that your school has provided and how you’ve approached your classroom studies.

We know that context is also important – coursework and grades at one school may not be offered or awarded in the same way they are at another school. This is also true for class rank. In an effort to review transcripts equally, we use an unweighted GPA and recalculate GPAs that are not on a 4.0 scale.

Students applying with the Meredith College Application should request an official transcript through their school counselor or school registrar. North Carolina students may also request their transcripts from the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC).

If you’re using The Common Application to apply, your transcript will be sent by your school as part of the application process.

Do you require the SAT or ACT for admission?

Meredith College is test-optional for admission. If you’ve taken the SAT or ACT and feel your score supports your application, submit a score. If you’ve taken a test and believe it does not represent your academic ability, apply test-optional. Either way, you will not be advantaged or disadvantaged. You must choose your test submission plan when you’re completing your application for admission.

Read a complete FAQ about applying test-optional.  

What role does my essay play in an admission decision?

Your essay is one of the most important components of your application for admission. If we’ve not met you yet, your essay provides insight into who you are, how you approach the world, your strengths, passions, goals, and why you believe Meredith will be a good fit for your future. And of course, we also gain insight into your writing skills and preparation for a writing intensive school like Meredith.

How will AP, IB, and Honors coursework be viewed when you’re reading my application?

The courses you’ve chosen to take in high school show us how you’ve challenged yourself with the opportunities your school has provided and how you’ll take advantage of opportunities at Meredith. But, again, we know that context is important – courses offered at one school may not be available at other schools.

There is not a minimum number (or magic number) of AP, IB, or Honors courses we look for when we’re reading your application. There’s also no need to fill your schedule with AP courses you’re not really interested in. It’s more important to choose wisely and do what’s right for you! Choose courses that you’re interested in, study hard, and do well. Talk to your school counselor early and make a plan.

When will I be notified about an admission decision?

Check your applicant portal for your decision and also watch your postal mail for a packet of important information. Decisions are released as follows:

Early Decision notification at Meredith occurs in the second week of November. Early Decision is a binding decision and should be used only if you are applying to your first choice school. Apply Early Decision only if you’ve completed all of your research and are certain that you will attend if admitted.

Early Action offers of admission at Meredith are delivered the second week in December. If you plan to apply for Scholars Programs or talent scholarships be sure to apply Early Action or Early Decision.

Regular Decision offers of admission are delivered on a rolling basis beginning in mid-January and as space allows.

I’m a dual-enrolled student. How will my credits transfer?

If admitted to the College, you’ll request an official transcript to be sent to Meredith from the community college or four-year school where you’ve earned college credit. Your college transcript will be evaluated course-by-course by Meredith’s Registrar. You’ll be notified of the credit you’ve been awarded after you have been accepted for admission.

When will I find out if I’ve earned an academic merit scholarship?

You’ll find out the amount of your academic merit award or scholarship at the time you receive your admission decision. You’ll also be able to view the amount on your applicant portal. Be sure to log into your portal often during your application process. You’ll find very important information about the status of your application, admission and scholarship decision, and information about the major in which you’re interested.

Learn more information about academic merit scholarships.

When will I receive a financial aid offer?

Financial aid offers are awarded to admitted students who have submitted the FAFSA or Institutional Aid Application for International and Undocumented Students. The date you’ll receive your aid offer depends on the application plan you used to apply for admission – Early Decision, Early Action, or Regular Decision.

It’s important to know that there isn’t a hard cut-off date for submitting a FAFSA or Institutional Aid Application. If you miss the priority date, submit the FAFSA or Institutional Aid Application as quickly as you can.

View the FAFSA submission priority date for each application plan and the financial aid notification date.

You’ll be able to view your aid offer in your applicant portal and a paper copy will be mailed to your home. After you view your aid offer, let’s be sure to have a conversation to ensure you understand all of the funding sources of your financial aid.

Do you have a question we haven’t answered? 

Ask Us Anything or email us at admission@meredith.edu and we’ll respond as quickly as we can.