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Fall 2017



Orientation Crew members cheer arriving students on Move-In Day

Meredith Provides Warm Welcome to Class of 2021

A Meredith College Move-In Day welcome features smiling faces, a balloon arch, a cheering section of students along Main Campus Drive – and even a Welcome Angel. On Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, the College greeted approximately 400 new first-year students. Move-In Day is a favorite tradition of residence life staff, including the resident assistants who help serve their fellow students.



Meredith College front gate

New Textbook Options for Meredith Students

At Meredith, student concerns are very important to us. And, like Meredith students and their families, College leaders have grown concerned over the years about the rising textbook costs. This year, the College set out to find a way to lower textbook costs and give professors more flexibility in choosing up-to-date readings and instructional materials. After reviewing vendor options, Akademos was identified as the vendor that will save students significantly on Meredith textbook purchases. Through this new vendor, course material ordering will be done entirely online through the new Meredith College Online Bookstore.



A group of students cheering after the 2016 Cornhuskin' parade

Less than a Month Until Cornhuskin’ 2017!

Let the countdown begin! Cornhuskin’ is perhaps Meredith College’s largest and most well attended tradition, and many students appreciate their families’ attendance. It’s a great way to support your student and cheer on their efforts. For students, Cornhuskin’ includes an entire week of events, but here are some that parents and families may enjoy attending:



Student uses stationary bike in Meredith fitness center

New Fitness Center Opens as a Result of Parent Philanthropy and Major Donor

The Meredith community gathered on August 28, 2017, for the unveiling of the new Lowery Fitness Center in the Weatherspoon Athletic Center. The Parents Fund raised $135,000 in the last two years to support the fitness center renovation, and a $1 million gift from Ann Lowery, ʼ74, named the new fitness center after her parents, Herman and Ruth Lowery. In addition to these gifts, a gift from The Cannon Foundation helped to support the renovation in an effort to enhance enrollment and retention.



Side view of Johnson Hall

Introducing Academic Skills Coaching

The Office of Academic Advising is excited to announce Academic Skills Coaching for students at Meredith College. Many very smart students find themselves overwhelmed, when all they need to do is polish their study skills. Academic Skills Coaching is a new service which may make your student’s college experience more productive.



Two students working together in class

Helping Your Student Connect on Campus

Each fall semester is a new beginning for freshmen and a time for the campus to come to life with sophomores, juniors and seniors. Unfortunately, the Residence Life staff hears from students who are having a hard time making friends which then in turn becomes a reason they are dissatisfied with college in general. Commuter students may also feel challenged in connecting with others because they are not living on campus and interacting with others throughout the day. 



Students at a career fair speaking to a recruiter

Fall 2017 Opportunities for Career Exploration

The Office of Career Planning is excited to meet your student(s) this fall! Whether she is just getting started at Meredith, or getting excited about graduation this May, our counselors are available to support her as she navigates her career path every step of the way. It’s never too soon for her to start thinking about her post-graduation plans. Choosing a major, being intentional about experiences gained, and interacting with professionals to make strong connections are part of this process for your student that begins now!



Banner showing Meredith College wordmark in white on maroon background

Flu Prevention at Meredith

It is that time of year again and Meredith is preparing for our upcoming Flu Shot Clinics.



Student makes tie dye shirt at 1891 Club kickoff

1891 Club Connects Students with Meredith College

Meredith College’s Student-Alumnae Association, also known at the 1891 Club, is devoted to helping current students prepare for lifelong relationships with the College as partners, advocates, and investors. The club provides students with an opportunity to be involved without adding another commitment or any responsibilities to their already full plates. The emphasis for student members is to enjoy the benefits of membership, focus on their education, and build a lasting relationship with Meredith. 



Gate at Meredith's Faircloth entrance

Fall 2017 Updates from Financial Assistance

Meredith's Office of Financial Assistance shares the following important dates and reminders for 2017-18.



Student on carnival ride at 2017 Sizzlin September Street Fair

Special Events Kickoff Fall Semester

Meredith's Office of Student Leadership and Service, and student organizations, presented two special events to help kickoff the 2017 academic year. Learn more about Sizzlin' September and SPLASH! Into Service, which help introduce students to different aspects of campus life.



Meredith residence hall and fountain seen from courtyard

Meredith College Fire Safety Precautions

Meredith College provides fire safety measures for students who live in the residence halls and the Oaks apartments.



Meredith College wordmark in white on maroon background

Personalized Meredith Tervis Tumblers® Available

Meredith's Alumnae Relations Office will be selling personalized Meredith College Tervis Tumblers®! Sales for personalized tumblers will end Friday, October 13, 2017