Move-In Day for incoming students in the Class of 2023 started bright and early, with the first cars pulling into Meredith’s Hillsborough Street gate and under the College’s famous balloon arch just before 8 a.m. But for the campus community, Move-In Day preparation begins much earlier, and the support offered new students continues well beyond.
“Move-in is special for so many reasons,” said President Jo Allen. “From the blaring welcomes at the balloon archway entrance, to folks eager to help unload boxes, to the tent with forgot-to-pack items, the message is clear: we are glad to have you join us in this extraordinary experience that is Meredith College.”
Alumnae volunteers were distributing gifts from the Alumnae Association and water in the residence halls as well as staffing water tents and serving sno cones.
President Allen notes that alumnae are eager to be part of Move-In Day as well, which illustrates the strong connections between Meredith students and alumnae.
“The sense of tradition and connections with generations of other students is in full view as over 100 alumnae stand ready to help welcome students to campus and to reassure parents,” President Allen said. “I love the opportunity to meet new students and their families and friends, every bit as much as I love seeing our alumnae return to renew their own friendships and to help new Meredith students feel at home.”
Director of Alumnae Relations Hillary Allen, ’01, says Move-In Day brings back great memories for alumnae.
“Many alumnae can recall moving onto campus and whether or not you lived on campus, you were welcomed by eager upperclassman, a helpful advisor or student advisor, and a Big Sis who loved you at first sight,” Allen said. “For many of us, Move-In Day at Meredith conjures up many treasured memories because it was the beginning of creating our new home in Wonderland. There are probably many alumnae who would trade places with a member of the Class of 2023 in a heartbeat.”
About the Incoming Class
Meredith College welcomed approximately 450 new undergraduate students for the 2019-20 academic year. New students come from 16 states and four countries, including China, Kenya, The Netherlands, and Trinidad.
When the new academic year begins on August 21, Meredith expects to enroll approximately 550 new undergraduate and graduate students. The College’s total student population is expected to be approximately 1,800 students.