NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

WELCOME TO MEREDITH!

We are so excited to welcome our incoming students. Meredith College faculty, staff, and student leaders will help guide students through orientation activities in August. Here you will find the orientation schedule, tools, and resources to get off on the right foot at Meredith.

New Student Orientation is a required program of all new students. Programs will cover academic expectations, campus resources, and how to get involved. You will also have the opportunity to meet staff and other students, and participate in Meredith traditions, such as the Honor Code Ceremony. Families are invited for the indicated activities.

Contact Information  
Chrissie Bumgardner
Co-Director, First Year Experience
bumgardner@meredith.edu

Lisa Brown
Co-Director, First Year Experience
lmbrown@meredith.edu

Orientation Schedule 2022

First-Year, Commuter, Transfer, and Wings Students

Fall Orientation:
Saturday, August 20 – Tuesday, August 23, 2022

We had a GREAT Fall Orientation program where we welcomed our newest students into the Meredith community and now wish all students a successful Fall Semester. 

January Orientation information will be posted later this Fall. 

First-Year/Commuter Student Orientation Schedule »

Wings/Transfer Student Orientation Schedule »

Resources

Honor Code Ceremony
During this long-held tradition, new students recite the honor pledge and sign pledge cards to “faithfully uphold the principles of the Honor Code.” According to the Student Handbook, a student’s enrollment is not considered complete until the Honor Pledge has been signed.

Tour of Massey House
President Jo Allen will host tours of the Massey House. Transportation will be provided.

Resident students are assigned parking permits, which allow them to park in designated residential parking areas. Commuter students must park in designated commuter parking lots between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Between 4 p.m. and 7 a.m. during the week and throughout the weekend, all students may park in the following areas: Alumnae Parking Lot, Chapel Parking Lot, Cate Center Parking Lot, and the small parking lot behind Martin Hall. If students plan to bring their car to campus, they must purchase a parking permit from the Campus Police Building during their first week on campus.

Parking permit fees are $200 for the academic year for residents and $125 for commuting students. The Campus Police Building is located behind Poteat Residence Hall and is open from 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Students may also visit Campus Police to have their CamCards created during Orientation. Campus Police can be reached at (919) 760-8888.

Residents 

Students planning to live on campus will receive an email from Residence Life with instructions for parking and moving into the residence halls. If you have questions about campus housing, please contact reslife@meredith.edu.

Commuters

During Orientation, commuter students should park in the P-4-5-6 Commuter Lots.

Disability Services 

Meredith College is pleased to provide support during New Student Orientation for students or family members with disabilities or other special needs. Please contact Disability Services at (919) 760-8427 or disabilityservices@meredith.edu  to inquire about available services and to make the appropriate arrangements.

In the event of inclement weather, updates about changes to the New Student Orientation schedule will be posted on this website and Meredith’s social media channels.

Greetings!

Welcome to Meredith College and the Meredith College family.  The strength of Meredith is in its people – the students, the faculty, the staff, and…the parents and families of our students.  We are proud and very excited that you and your family have chosen Meredith for your student’s higher education.  We understand that so much of the success that she has attained so far has resulted from your support and encouragement.

Your continued support will be critical to your student’s success at Meredith.  Families are invited to the first day of New Student Orientation, and we have provided information below that may assist you in supporting your Meredith student during the course of the year.  Additionally, we want you to contact us if you have questions and concerns.  We look forward to seeing you in August!  Welcome to the MC family!

Ann Gleason, Dean of Students
(919) 760-8521 | deanofstudents@meredith.edu

Stay Involved With Your Student’s Meredith Experience!

See these tips for being an involved and supportive parent:

  • DO Share in your student’s enthusiasm and excitement.
  • DO Expect homesickness (if your student lives on campus) and times when college life seems overwhelming.
  • DO Encourage your student to accept responsibility and become her own problem-solver.
  • DO Expect change and give her space to grow.
  • DO Listen, write, call, and send care packages – discuss what would work best in keeping the communication lines open.
  • DO Find new interests to help you let go.
  • DO Encourage your student to get involved on campus and to participate in weekend programs, traditions and events.
  • DON’T rush to the rescue. Encourage and support, but let her handle concerns and issues. If she needs additional support, remind her of on-campus resources and offices available to her.
  • DON’T Encourage coming home often.  Students make smoother transitions and are happier if they stay on campus long enough to make friends and get involved.
  • DON’T Expect many letters or phone calls.  Sometimes students get caught up in a whirlwind of activity and forget to stay in touch.
  • DON’T be surprised if she changes her mind on her major and career interests.

Important campus offices and resources.

Meredith College has a strong history of parent and family programming and philanthropy. For more information, click here.
Join the Meredith Parents and Families Facebook Page! Facebook

Raleigh is often cited as one of the best places to live and work in America. We’re proud to call it home.

Find more information at https://www.visitraleigh.com/ to plan your stay while attending New Student Orientation.

Meredith is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina’s capital city and one of the fastest-growing urban centers in the country. Our campus is just minutes from downtown, which boasts a bustling arts, nightlife, retail, and culinary scene. Raleigh is home to renowned museums of art, history, and science; several colleges and universities; the Carolina Hurricanes pro hockey team; and a number of the region’s top companies. Raleigh-Durham International Airport and the Research Triangle Park are just minutes away.

Raleigh is often cited as one of the best places to live and work in America. We’re proud to call it home.

Find more information at https://www.visitraleigh.com/ to plan your stay while attending New Student Orientation.

Please email deanofstudents@meredith.edu if you have any questions.

Arrival Chart for Resident Students

We ask that you adhere to the following “Arrival Windows” to make the unloading process as smooth as possible. Our experience has shown that varying arrival times by floor and by even/odd room numbers reduces wait times and lessens bottlenecks in high traffic areas. Please plan to use the main entrance to campus off of Hillsborough Street. 

Download the arrival chart. (pdf)

8:00 AM

3rd Heilman

3rd Brewer

3rd Faircloth

Even Rooms

8:45 AM

2nd Heilman

2nd Brewer

2nd Faircloth

Odd Rooms

9:30 AM

1st Heilman

1st Brewer

1st Faircloth

Even Rooms

10:15 AM

3rd Heilman

3rd Brewer

3rd Faircloth

Odd Rooms

11:00 AM

2nd Heilman

2nd Brewer

2nd Faircloth

Even Rooms

11:45 AM

1st Heilman

1st Brewer

1st Faircloth

Odd Rooms

Important Reminders for New Students

Academic and Medical Records

Acceptance for admission to Meredith College is contingent upon the receipt of a satisfactory final academic record and a completed medical form. Students must submit their completed medical forms promptly. The Health Center staff will advise students if any required health information was omitted. Both medical and academic records must be complete and submitted to the Office of Admissions before attending classes. Questions? Contact the Office of Admissions at (919) 760-8581.

Health Insurance

All required students must take action in the Meredith BCBS insurance portal. Required students include: all full-time undergraduates, licensure only, pre-health, I/O Psych, international, study abroad, and dietetic interns.

The Health Insurance Waiver Portal will reopen for Fall 2022 in early July. Once the portal opens for Fall 2022, changes can be made through 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 14, 2022.

Enroll/waive in the Meredith BCBS portal

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