Information focused on the health, safety, and well-being of the Meredith community.

Staying Strong and Staying Safe at Meredith College

As we transition to a new academic year, Meredith leaders are making decisions that are based on the latest guidance and directives from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the State of North Carolina. Our plans for 2020-21 are developed with the health and safety of our community as the highest priority.

All Meredith community members, including students, faculty, and staff, will play important roles in reducing the spread of COVID-19. Please visit this site regularly for information on academics, community standards for safety, and other guidance.

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Message from President Allen About COVID-19

In this special message, President Jo Allen, '80, provides an update on Meredith College’s plans for the Fall 2020 semester.

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Community Standards

Meredith College has established Community Standards for the campus in response to COVID-19.

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Safety Protocols

As students, faculty, and staff return to campus for the 2020-21 academic year, we continue to take precautions to safeguard the health of our community. 

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Incident Response Team

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, members of Meredith College’s Incident Response Team (IRT) have met to prepare. This team is now focused on planning for the Fall 2020 semester. 

Remember the Three Ws

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Wear a face covering, especially when safe distancing isn't possible.

Wait six feet apart. Avoid close contact.

Wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.

Daily Screening Checklist

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. All employees, students, and campus visitors should self-screen for the following factors:

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  • Close contact (longer than 10 minutes within 6 feet) with someone with a known positive COVID-19 case or who is sick with fever and cough
  • Fever (above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
Student Faqs Student FAQs
  • Academics

    Has the academic calendar changed for 2020-21?
    Meredith College has made several adjustments to the Fall 2020 calendar. 

    Changes are as follows:

    • Fall classes will begin on Monday, August 17, which is two days earlier than originally planned. 
    • Monday, September 7 (Labor Day), will also be an instructional day instead of a holiday.
    • Fall Break is being moved to Tuesday, October 6, as a single day event. 
    • The last day of classes will be Tuesday, November 24. 
    • Virtual academic activities may be scheduled from Monday, November 30 - Tuesday, December 8, 2020. 

    Fall Semester Exams: Online final exams will be held from Tuesday December 1 through Tuesday, December 8.

    The amended academic and exam calendars are posted on the Registrar’s Office website.

    How will Meredith classes be taught during the Fall semester?
    Faculty continue preparing to safely teach face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses. The College has invested in technology to help ensure students receive a well-designed, engaging experience regardless of course format. Read more about these preparations

    The Fall 2020 semester schedule includes face-to-face, online synchronous, online asynchronous, and hybrid courses. What do these terms mean?
    Face-to-face is the traditional classroom setting.
    Online synchronous is an online class that has real-time course meetings. 
    Online asynchronous is a true online class with no real-time meetings. 
    Hybrid is is a class with a mix of face to face and online (synchronous, asynchronous, or both) learning.

    Meredith's Registrar sent a detailed message to students explaining these terms and how they are represented in WebAdvisor. 

    Is there a timeline for making additional decisions about the Fall semester?
    In order to provide the best and safest possible living, learning, and working environments for our students, faculty, and staff, decisions are based on the most up-to-date information available. 

    For everyone’s health, safety, and well-being, we anticipate plans continuing to evolve throughout the summer as new data and national, state, and local recommendations become available.

    How does Meredith’s decision relate to what Wake County public schools and other Cooperating Raleigh College (CRC) schools decide?
    Meredith’s planning is informed but not driven by decisions made by other schools in the area. President Allen represents Meredith on the CRC executive board and is a past chair of the board. She has initiated 2020-21 planning conversations with presidents of other CRC institutions (NCSU, Peace, Shaw, St. Augustines, Wake Tech).

    We are strategic and mindful of where Meredith’s plans need to align with those of other schools in the area because of shared faculty and dually-enrolled students. We are also cognizant of our status as an individual entity with specific strengths and capacities, different facilities, and unique programs that are also considered in our planning.

  • Campus Services

    Is Campus Police still on duty?
    Campus Police continues to provide 24/7 assistance to campus community members. 

    Is the Carlyle Campbell Library open?
    The Carlyle Campbell Library is open to the Meredith community, with some changes to the facility and to library operations. An email was sent from Dean  of Library Information Services Laura Davidson summarizing many of these updates. Visit the library's Staying Strong library guide for more information and links to services. 

    Is the Learning Center available?
    Learning Center tutors are available for virtual appointments via Zoom. Appointments can be scheduled online on the Learning Center website

    Will health services be available?
    Health services and counseling are available through telehealth delivery. Email or for more information.

    Are career planning services available?
    The Office of Career Planning is open and offers virtual appointments. Schedule an appointment via Handshake or email Opportunities to connect with employers virtually are available throughout the summer, visit Handshake regularly for event updates. Recent graduates are invited to sign up for a four week coaching program, Unstuck, to move forward on career or professional goals. Contact with questions. 

    What other campus resources are available?
    Meredith has an array of virtual resources available for prospective students and current students. Most Meredith offices have adapted their offerings to a virtual model. Students should check department sites on MyMeredith for full details.

    Meredith’s Campus Store is currently open from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Admissions: Small private tours can be scheduled with Admissions. Prospective students can also explore Meredith through the Virtual Welcome Center.  

  • Student Life

    What is the status of Fall 2020 New Student Orientation? 
    Orientation for first year, transfer, and Wings students will be held virtually through MC Connect on Friday, August 14 - Sunday, August 16. Sessions will be a combination of pre-recorded and live Zoom sessions and will provide them with important information, connections with campus resources, and introductions to campus life. 

    The orientation schedule and instructions on how to navigate the virtual Orientation site will be posted on the New Student Orientation website and sent to incoming students electronically in early August.

    What is the move-in schedule/process this year?
    Move-In will take place over several days this fall, in order to allow for safe physical distancing. Each student’s move-in date will be communicated to her by the Office of Residence Life in the room assignment message. 

    For additional details, refer to Residence Life newsletters:

    What is the deadline for changing a housing request?
    Please contact Residence Life at with housing requests or concerns. The office will be maintaining a waiting list for anyone who requests changes, though changing is not guaranteed this semester.

    I have a question about moving on campus or my room assignment - who do I contact?
    Questions about room assignments or moving on campus should be directed to the Office of Residence Life. Residence Life staff can be contacted at either or (919) 760-8633. Voicemail messages will be returned as quickly as possible. Emails will be responded to within 48-hours.

    Has the Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 been rescheduled?
    Celebrating the accomplishments of the Class of 2020 is important to Meredith College. A committee of faculty and staff continues to work on plans for a rescheduled celebration. After careful consideration, it has been determined that Spring 2021 is the earliest that an in-person celebration can be scheduled. Read the August 2020 update that was sent to the Class of 2020 for more information.

  • Tuition

    My financial situation has changed because of COVID-19. What should I do?
    We understand that the shifts in the economy have personally affected many of our students and their families. As always, students should be in touch with the Office of Financial Assistance to discuss any changes to their income status. Contact or (919) 760-8565.

    I’ve received my Fall 2020 schedule and all of my classes are online. Will I still pay full tuition?
    Yes, tuition will be the same regardless of the mode of instruction. Though many courses have been adapted for online this year, the value of a Meredith education stands strong. We’ve taken a number of steps to ensure students still receive the highest quality of instruction from home or on campus.

    Our expert faculty and staff have spent the summer training and developing their skills in online instruction, and are prepared to offer the same quality of teaching and support they always have. This additional training, combined with the hybrid learning technology we’ve invested in, allows us to continue providing a highly valuable learning experience worth the full cost of tuition.


Stories of Courage and Innovation

Strong will change the world.

COVID-19’s effects on our communities have been devastating. Meredith College alumnae, students, faculty, and staff are responding with courage and innovation.