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StrongPoints: Financial

Example of Financial Literacy. Completing monthly expenses with calculator

According to a recent study, nearly half of women - 44% - are the primary breadwinners in their households. That same study found that women lack confidence when it comes to making financial decisions.*

At Meredith, we'll prepare you to take responsibility for yourself and your own success in all areas of your life, including your finances. Through StrongPoints, you'll begin to develop the skills you need to care for yourself in this essential, but often overlooked, aspect of your life.

Here are some of the ways you'll build your financial literacy through StrongPoints:

  • Learn to build a budget that distinguishes between wants and needs
  • Develop an understanding of issues that maximize your credit score
  • Understand comparative details of compensation packages
  • Practice negotiating skills for job offers, benefits packages, promotions, and more


*Financial Experience & Behaviors Among Women, 2014−15 Prudential Research Study

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All students who major in Family and Consumer Sciences are required to take a consumer economics course that focuses on personal and family financial literacy. Students taking this course learn about

  • keeping financial records
  • planning spending
  • understanding consumer credit
  • making buying decisions
  • purchasing insurance
  • selecting investments
  • retirement and estate planning
Students discussion

By the end of the course, students know how to develop a personal budget, can compare the advantages and disadvantages of renting vs. purchasing a home, and much more.

"This course helps students not only financially plan for their futures but enables them to assist future students and clients gain skills to better manage their lives. Students have reported to me how much this course helps them both personally and professionally. I have a recent graduate who enjoyed this course so much that she pursued a minor in economics and is now studying for an exam to be a certified financial professional planner."Deborah Tippett, Professor, Department of Human Environmental Sciences

Meredith student Jill Bromenschenkel, '21, is planning to teach Family and Consumer Sciences after she graduates from Meredith.

"Learning about personal finance is helping me to budget and use my resources more effectively. This course has also stressed the importance of financial planning for the future and the impact planning early can have on my finances down the road."

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StrongPoints® is an advising and personal coaching program found only at Meredith that's designed to ensure our students make the most of college.


StrongPoints® is an advising and personal coaching program found only at Meredith that's designed to ensure our students make the most of college.

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Contact Information
Candice Webb
Director, StrongPoints
217 Park Center
(919) 760-2255
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Over 96%

of Meredith seniors receive career guidance from professors and advisers


of students participate in an applied learning experience such as study abroad, undergraduate research, or internships


of recent Meredith alumnae were satisfied with their academic experience


over the past five years, 92.2% of our alumnae are employed or pursuing graduate study within a few short months of graduation