First Year Students / Application Requirements

First Year Admission Requirements

For all applicants, a completed application, including an essay, is required. Students must also submit a non-refundable $40 application fee or acceptable fee waiver. A complete list of application requirements is provided below.

High School Transcript

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 (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

Standardized Tests

Standardized tests are required for admission. Applicants must submit either SAT or ACT scores, or both. The SAT and ACT essay component(s) are optional. Meredith does not require SAT subject tests. The Meredith curriculum is writing intensive. Your Meredith application essay and/or The Common Application essay(s) play an important role in the application review.

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.


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.


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

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. 

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, 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 The current Undergraduate Catalogue also provides detailed admission information.

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