Assessment Matters: Creating a Profile of the Class of 2027

In partnership with the Dean of Students, the Office of Research, Planning and Assessment (RPA) surveyed the Class of 2027 to gather data about incoming students’ family backgrounds, high school experience, and expectations for college. Students’ responses will help staff and faculty develop and implement impactful academic and co-curricular services that reflect students’ preferences. 

The incoming Meredith class was asked to complete the Start Strong Survey online during the week of orientation. The Start Strong Survey was developed by RPA in 2020 to supplement the data gathered through other national and/or Meredith surveys. Students were asked about a variety of topics that considered in aggregate will allow RPA and the Dean of Students to create a demographic and attitudinal profile of the incoming class. 

To highlight some of the interesting data points gathered through this survey, RPA has created a printable infographic. Please follow this link to view data from the fall 2023 first year surveys

If you have any questions about the infographic RPA has created for Career Planning or any other assessment-related matter, please contact Dianne Raubenheimer ( or Dilnavaz Mirza Sharma ( in the Office of Research, Planning and Assessment.

Melyssa Allen

News Director
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(919) 760-8087
Fax: (919) 760-8330