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Fall Planning at Meredith College


As college leaders announced on April 20, 2020, Meredith College intends to resume face-to-face and on-campus living this Fall although we know that seems a long time away and circumstances could change.

That said, Meredith College leaders continue working every day on plans to bring students, faculty and staff safely back to campus in August to kick off the 2020-21 academic year. 

With circumstances surrounding COVID-19 changing rapidly and new guidance issued frequently, Meredith College is also preparing for a wide-range of scenarios for the 2020-21 academic year.

As our campus community looks toward a new academic year and a return to on-campus learning, we understand and embrace that these times call us all to be flexible, innovative, and personally responsible.

2020-2021 Planning Information

  • Has the academic calendar changed for 2020-21?

    Meredith College has made several adjustments to the Fall 2020 calendar. 

    Changes are as follows:

    • Fall classes will begin on Monday, August 17, which is two days earlier than originally planned. 
    • Monday, September 7 (Labor Day), will also be an instructional day instead of a holiday.
    • Fall Break is being moved to Tuesday, October 6, as a single day event. 
    • On-campus classroom activities will end no later than noon on Wednesday, November 25, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. 

    Virtual academic activities will be scheduled from Monday, November 30 - Tuesday, December 8, 2020. 

    Fall Semester Exams: Academic leaders are still determining whether exams will be held prior to or after Thanksgiving. Once these decisions are finalized, the amended academic and exam calendars will be posted on the Registrar’s Office website.

    Updated 6/15/20

  • Is there a timeline for making decisions about the Fall semester?

    The academic ad hoc planning group is making recommendations to Meredith’s Incident Response and executive leadership teams by mid-June. 

    We plan to announce an update to college-wide plans in early July. We wish we could provide more specific information sooner, but in order to provide the best and safest possible living, learning and working environments for our students, faculty and staff, our decisions need to be based on the most up-to-date information available. 

    For everyone’s health, safety, and well-being, we anticipate plans continuing to evolve throughout the summer as new data and national, state and local recommendations become available.

  • How does Meredith’s decision relate to what Wake County Public Schools or other Cooperating Raleigh College (CRC) schools decide?

    Meredith’s planning is informed but not driven by decisions made by other schools in the area. President Allen represents Meredith on the CRC executive board and is a past chair of the board. She has initiated 2020-21 planning conversations with presidents of other CRC institutions in Raleigh (NCSU, Peace, Shaw, St. Augustines, Wake Tech) in Raleigh.

    We are strategic and mindful of where Meredith’s plans need to align with those of other schools in the area because of shared faculty and dually-enrolled students. We are also cognizant of our status as an individual entity with specific strengths and capacities, different facilities, and unique programs that are also considered in our planning.

  • What is the status of Fall 2020 New Student orientation?

    Meredith will conduct a fall new student orientation program to welcome students and help provide them with important information, connections with campus resources, introductions to campus life, and, of course, fun. Planning for Orientation 2020 began in the spring and will continue throughout the summer, with adjustments being made as necessary for the health and safety of all participants.