StartStrong
Pre-Orientation

StartStrong will help you prepare for the fall term, connect with your new community, and make a successful transition to college life at Meredith.
All new first-year students are required to attend StartStrong.

Contact Information 
1st Floor, Park Center
(919) 760-8062
advising@meredith.edu

What will I do at StartStrong?

  • Meet with your enrollment counselor to talk about your fall course schedule
  • Discuss your top strengths and how to make the most of them (the first of many such conversations!)
  • Learn more about academic technology at Meredith
  • Get your student ID (also known as your CAM card)
  • Meet your student advisor who will guide you throughout your first year
  • Take a class picture with your new classmates
  • Eat lunch on campus

What will my family members do?

While students are the primary focus of StartStrong, we understand that this is also a big change for families.

  • Learn how to help your student successfully navigate the transition to college, especially the first semester
  • Get an overview of student accounting services*
  • Connect with many of Meredith’s student services including tech services, study abroad, disability services, and more

*Individual financial aid package discussions are available by appointment.

Step 1:

Four sessions available - choose one:

  • Saturday, June 4, 2022
  • Monday, June 13, 2022
  • Thursday, June 16, 2022
  • Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Two StartStrong students greeting each other.Students attending StartStrong may bring a maximum of two parents/guardians. Programming for parents/guardians is specific for them (including lunch) and separate from the student schedule. 

If you intend to enroll in the Dual Degree Engineering Program, please fill out the Declaration of Intent.

If you are a new first-year student living abroad and are unable to attend, submit the Regrets Only Form for students living abroad.

Step 2:

Take the Online Placement Exams

Hands typing on a computer.After you submit your Enrollment Deposit, be sure to request your MyMeredith Student Account and Meredith email. You must set up your MyMeredith Student Account and Meredith email before you can complete the Online Placement Exams.

To take the placement exams, log into Brightspace with your Meredith login credentials. You will be able to access the language placement test under the courses section in Brightspace. Please complete the placement test for the language you plan on pursing while at Meredith.  You are not required to take the placement test for a language that you do not wish to take courses in. If you took a language other than Spanish, Latin, or French, you will not need to complete the placement test.

New students who need to take the online English assessment will be contacted by the English Department. The language placement exams opens April 8 at 8 a.m. Please complete your testing as soon as possible. We recommend that placement tests be completed before MIDNIGHT on Sunday, May 22. Completing the placement test by May 22nd will ensure that your results are available for enrollment counseling meetings occurring at StartStrong.

Step 3:

Participate in StartStrong!

After you register for StartStrong, the Office of Admissions will confirm your date of participation. 

We look forward to seeing you in June!

Participation is required of all new students. Students who cannot participate due to extreme circumstances will be contacted separately.

In this video, Assistant Provost Sarah Kibler provides an overview of Meredith's fully online bookstore. The online bookstore offers a range of pricing, shipping, and payment options, and allows students to sell their books back once they have completed the course.

Step 3:

Participate in StartStrong!

StartStrong Admission Counselors preparing to greet students

After you register for StartStrong, the Office of Admissions will confirm your date of participation. 

We look forward to seeing you in the summer!

 

Participation is required of all new students. Students who cannot participate due to extreme circumstances will be contacted separately.

StartStrong Resources

In this video, Assistant Provost Sarah Kibler provides an overview of Meredith's fully online bookstore. The online bookstore offers a range of pricing, shipping, and payment options, and allows students to sell their books back once they have completed the course.

At Meredith, students discover what makes them uniquely strong and then learn how to use their strengths to prepare for the life they want to lead. Find out what makes you strong.

At Meredith, students discover what makes them uniquely strong and then learn how to use their strengths to prepare for the life they want to lead. Find out what makes you strong.

Summer Symposium

Sunday, June 26 - Monday, June 27

Meredith Summer Symposium is an overnight experience that offers community-building activities and speaker-led workshops, action, and reflection sessions centered around topics of culture, identity, advocacy, and social justice to incoming historically underrepresented students who are committed to creating and maintaining culturally inclusive communities. 

Summer Symposium

Sunday, June 26 - Monday, June 27

Meredith Summer Symposium is an overnight experience that offers community-building activities and speaker-led workshops, action, and reflection sessions centered around topics of culture, identity, advocacy, and social justice to incoming historically underrepresented students who are committed to creating and maintaining culturally inclusive communities. Students attending the Symposium are encouraged to attend the StartStrong Session on June 28.

Students at a majors fair

Not yet sure what you plan to study? No problem! Many first-year students are undecided about their majors, and one in three change their major at least once. Meredith offers more than 90 majors, minors, and academic programs. Feel free to explore your options – that’s what college is all about. 

At Meredith, students discover what makes them uniquely strong and then learn how to use their strengths to prepare for the life they want to lead. Find out what makes you strong.

At Meredith, students discover what makes them uniquely strong and then learn how to use their strengths to prepare for the life they want to lead. Find out what makes you strong.