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First Year Admission Requirements


For all applicants, a completed application, including an essay, is required. Due to the many obstacles the global health pandemic presents to students and families, the $40 application fee will be waived. Please select “Pandemic Fee Waiver” from the list of waivers on The Common Application or the Meredith Application.

A complete list of application requirements is provided below.

High School Transcript

Your high school record provides the most comprehensive record of your academic accomplishments in high school, making it one of the most important aspects of your application for admission.  We’ll review your coursework for academic rigor and your grades for success. Meredith uses an unweighted grading scale when reviewing transcripts.

Minimum completed units in grades 9-12:

  • English – 4
  • Mathematics – 3, 4 preferred (Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry or a higher level course for which Algebra II is a pre-requisite.)
  • Science – 3
  • History/Social Science – 3
  • Foreign Language – 2
  • Academic Elective – 1

SAT or ACT Scores

As a result of the pandemic and cancellations of the administration of the SAT and ACT and the uncertainty of administering equitable test options during the 2020-2021 application cycle, submission of the SAT/ACT is an optional component of the application for admission for students graduating in 2021. Meredith College is temporarily test-optional.

If you’ve taken the SAT or ACT and feel the score represents your ability, submit the score(s). If your access to the exam(s) has been limited, submission of the scores is not required. Whichever option you choose is okay; you will not be penalized for the option you choose.  If you choose to apply test-optional do not send us a score. All applicants will indicate their choice when completing their application for admission.

Students submitting a test score(s) may submit an official score directly from the testing agency, email a Student Score Report(s) to your admission counselor or admissions@meredith.edu. You may also upload your Student Score Report in your applicant portal AFTER you've submitted your application for admission. If you apply with a test score and enroll at Meredith, official test scores sent directly from the testing agency will be required. Meredith's SAT code is 5410. The ACT code is 3126. Meredith super-scores. Be sure to send all score reports.

The essay portion of the SAT and ACT are optional.

School Report - School Official Recommendation

Your high school counselor's recommendation is an important component of your application. Complete the top portion of the school report - school official recommendation, print and deliver to your counselor. Please ask your counselor to mail, email or fax the completed form to the Office of Admission.

Recommendations

Provide a recommendation from a teacher or school official who can attest to your academic ability during your junior or senior year. Additional academic recommendations are welcome.

Essay

A writing sample is an important component of your application. Your response provides deeper insight into who you are - your passions, your strengths, your writing skills, and what you will bring to the Meredith community. Your essay helps us understand the experiences that have shaped you. 

Meredith Application Essay Prompts:
Please submit your thoughtful response to the following question (maximum combined length should be no longer than 500 words):

  • Describe the attributes of a Meredith education that make it a good fit for your future.
  • Provide a personal example which demonstrates your commitment to planning, pursuing, and reaching your goals in the face of challenge. 

The Common Application Essay Prompts can be viewed here.

ZeeMee Profile - optional 

Meredith is pleased to partner with ZeeMee, a free service that provides students with a creative tool to bring their application to life. Tell us more about yourself than an application can tell! Sign up at ZeeMee.com, create your profile and then cut and paste your link into your application.

Home-schooled Students

In addition to the requirements above, an interview with an Admissions Officer and two recommendations are required. One of the recommendations should be completed by a non-relative.

For complete admission guidelines, contact the Office of Admissions at (919) 760-8581 or 1-800-MEREDITH or admissions@meredith.edu. The current Undergraduate Catalogue also provides detailed admission information.



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