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Next Steps for First Year Students

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Congratulations on your acceptance to Meredith College. Below are next steps that will ensure a successful transition to college. We look forward to welcoming you to Meredith!

Visit Campus

Consider this your invitation to get to know Meredith – in person or virtually. Meet with your admissions and financial assistance counselors. Connect with a faculty member. Take a tour of campus and the residence halls. 

Register for a visit

Reserve Your Space

Officially reserve your space for Fall 2021 by submitting your $300 non-refundable Commitment Deposit (plus a $5 processing fee for online payments).  Early Decision deposit is due December 15. Regular Decision deposits should be submitted by May 1 – National Reply Date.

You can make a secure online payment through PayPal or by mailing a check or money order to the Office of Admissions, 3800 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27607-5298. Cash is also accepted.

Make a Commitment Deposit Now

After submitting your Commitment Deposit, be sure to review the Enrollment Tab in your Applicant Portal for the complete list of documents that must be submitted before arriving on campus. You can learn more about the required documents and submit many of them through the links provided below. Questions? Email

Register for StartStrong
(Due to the pandemic, the dates and venue for StartStrong are to be determined. Registration will open in February 2021.)

At StartStrong you’ll speak with an enrollment counselor and discuss a course schedule for your first semester at Meredith. You’ll also meet your classmates and learn more about academic success and student life. Attendance is required of all new first-year students (exception for students living abroad). Registration Steps to StartStrong

If you are unable to attend please contact your admission counselor and then submit the Regrets Only Form for Students Living Abroad.

Living on Campus – Submit Your Housing Request

Living on campus is a once in a life-time opportunity to build strong bonds and lasting friendships within the community. Submit your Housing Request after you’ve officially reserved your space in the class and no later than June 1. Requests made after June 1 are granted on a space available basis. Housing assignments are mailed in early July to students who have officially reserved their space in the class.

All new students under the age of 21 are required to live on campus for their first two years at Meredith unless commuting from the home of parents. Be sure to read page five of the Enrollment Handbook, browse Residence Life webpages, or reach out to to learn more. 

To request to commute while living in the home of parents, submit the First Year Student Off-Campus Housing Request or Transfer Student Housing Request; all requests must be approved by the Dean of Students.

Disability Services – Voluntary Disability Disclosure & Request for Accommodation

Meredith College values the diversity of its community and promotes inclusivity for all students. We are committed to creating an accessible community and providing reasonable accommodations to qualified students while respecting their right to confidentiality and choosing whether or not to disclose a disability and accommodation needs. In a college setting, the student is responsible for initiating the eligibility process and requesting accommodations. New students who wish to submit a voluntary disability disclosure and request an accommodation must submit the request form and other required items that are specified on the form. Should you have questions, please email

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Meredith's Office of Financial Assistance coordinates over $50 million annually in merit and need-based awards. Generous merit scholarships and tuition grants are an important part of each student’s aid package. All students are encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to ensure access to Meredith, state, and federal assistance options.

Review the Enrollment Handbook 

Looking for information about advising, registration, or campus services? For new students beginning in January, you’ll find this information in the 2021 Spring Enrollment Handbook. For new students beginning in August, you’ll find this information in the 2021-22 Fall Enrollment Handbook. Be sure to submit all required documents by their stated deadlines.

Complete your Academic Records

Upon completion of your senior year, request that your official transcript, AP, IB, dual credit and/or college transcript be sent to the Office of Admissions.

Attend New Student Orientation

After reserving your space for enrollment, mark your calendar for New Student Orientation. This multi-day event takes place prior to the first day of classes and includes important meetings with faculty and student advisors, opportunities to learn about campus resources, and events to help new students engage in the campus community.

Contact Information
1st Floor, Johnson Hall
(919) 760-8581
(919) 760-2348
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