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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.  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 a number of programs during 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

Orientation Schedule

Detailed Fall Orientation schedule (PDF)

Freshmen Residence Hall Move-in: Saturday, August 17
New Student Orientation Fall 2019: Saturday, August 17- Tuesday, August 20
Classes Begin: Wednesday, August 21

A general schedule of Fall Orientation activities is listed below.

Saturday, August 17 
Parents & Families Welcome! Registration is not necessary for parents and family members.

8-12pm: Residence Hall Move-in

12-1pm Family Lunch

1-2pm Commuter Check-In

2-4pm Orientation programming for students, parents, and families

4-7pm Family Dinner, Belk Dining Hall

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Stay Involved With Your Daughter'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.

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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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