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Adult Education Second Degree

Whether you’re seeking additional education for your personal enrichment or pursuing the career you’ve always wanted, as a Wings student you’ll enjoy a range of benefits including personal advising and guidance from expert faculty - and because you'll be building on your first degree, many majors can be completed in less than two years.

Learn more about earning my second degree.

Contact Information
Jordan Richards
Assoc. Director of Admissions
1st Floor, Johnson Hall
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(919) 760-8103
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Second Bachelor's Degree FAQs

Find out how long it will take to earn your degree, how to apply, and more.

Get answers to my questions.

1. How will my previous degree apply toward my second degree?

If your previous bachelor’s degree was granted by a regionally-accredited college or university, our second degree policy allows for all of your general education requirements to be considered “met,” meaning you will typically only focus on completing the course work for your major.

You will not be required to take foreign language or PE classes and you are exempt from completing all other general education requirements.

You also may receive transfer course credits that apply toward your major if they meet Meredith’s program requirements, which could further decrease your investment of time and money.

2. How long will it take to complete a second bachelor’s degree?

It depends on your needs. Taking a full-time course load (typically four–five classes a semester) will give you the quickest turnaround, in some cases allowing for completion in as little as four semesters.

Faculty advisers know that you have a busy life and will help determine the optimal completion schedule for you, even if you take only one or two classes per semester.

See a list of majors and times to completion

3. How does the application process work?

The first step is to submit a completed application form, including essay, and a $40 application fee. You will need to submit an official transcript from each college or university attended, even if credit was not earned.

If you have taken classes since graduation, you will also need to submit a School Official Recommendation Form completed by the Registrar’s Office at your most recently-attended institution.

Professor recommendations may be submitted as part of the application, but they are optional.

Once all materials are received and your transcript(s) are evaluated, all pieces of the application will be reviewed and you will be notified of your admission decision as quickly as possible.

Don’t worry about getting lost in the process; you will work with your Admissions Counselor who will walk you through each step.

4. Will I “fit in” on campus and have opportunities to be involved?

As a second degree “Wings” student, you would be among more than one hundred undergraduate students aged 23 and older, and part of a tradition of adult education at Meredith spanning more than four decades.

Faculty and traditional students are welcoming, and through a wide variety of activities and events, you could choose to quickly become part of the campus community.

New Wings students are invited to a Brunch and Learn series designed specifically to help new Wings students quickly acclimate to Meredith and meet other Wings students. The student-led campus organization for undergraduate adult students, Women In New Goal Settings (WINGS) also provides opportunities for socializing with other Wings students and participating in its events. Wings students are encouraged to connect with the campus and network by joining other clubs and organizations as well, including honor societies for their majors.

5. Are there expenses beyond normal tuition and fees?

An annual commuter parking charge applies for parking a car on campus. Depending on your major, there may be course-specific fees for software, supplies, books, etc.

Why Meredith?

At Meredith, we’re committed to helping our students achieve their professional and academic goals. That’s why we have a number of resources to help you make the most of your time at Meredith and help you succeed – in the classroom and in life.

How we support you.
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Cullen Moser

Cullen Moser

Cullen Moser, '07, earned a second degree at Meredith to pursue the career of her dreams in interior design..

Emily Johnson

Emily Johnson

Emily Johnson, ’16, came to Meredith to earn a second bachelor’s degree in computer science after earning her first degree in psychology.

Annie Poslusny

Annie Poslusny

Annie Poslusny, ’19, dreamed of going back to school to study art history. With an undergraduate degree in French, she chose to earn a second undergraduate degree with a self-designed contract major in art history.