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New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is a required program of all new students. Programs will cover academic expectations, campus resources and getting involved. Students will also have the opportunity to meet many staff and other students. Orientation also includes Meredith traditions, such as the Honor Code ceremony. Finally, students will have opportunities to get a campus ID and buy a parking permit. Families are also invited for the indicated activities.

Schedule of Events

New Student Orientation Fall 2018: Saturday, August 18-Tuesday, August 21

Classes Begin: Wednesday, August 22.

A more detailed schedule will be available in early Summer and will be posted on this website.

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Orientation Parking 

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  

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


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  to inquire about available services and to make the appropriate arrangements.  Please note Meredith College will be closed for winter break Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Student Leaders

All new students have access to upper-class students, who serve as guides throughout New Student Orientation and students' first year at Meredith.

Student Advisers (SA): Student Advisers are a group of highly trained upper-class students who work with freshmen during orientation and through the first year to help them make a successful transition to campus life. SAs also serve as liaisons to faculty advisers as well as peer advisers to new students.

WINGS & Transfer Advisers (WTA): WINGS and Transfer Advisers are upper-class students chosen each year to assist new adult and transfer students during orientation and through the first year. WTAs provide support for the unique needs of transfer and adult students, particularly in regard to balancing the demands of college, work, and family roles.

Orientation Traditions

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. 

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, updates about changes to the New Student Orientation schedule will be posted on this website.  You may also call the Inclement Weather Line at (919) 832-8878 for updates.

Questions about New Student Orientation

Please call (919) 760-8521 or email

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Contact Information
Chrissie Bumgardner
Co-Director, First Year Experience
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Holly Weakland
Co-Director, First Year Experience
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