First the statistics: Meredith College ranks 2nd among regional colleges in the South and 6th for 'Best Value' according to U.S. News & World Report. The 50th percentile SAT ranges for admitted students are 450-560 for Critical Reading and 460-563 for Math with an average unweighted GPA of 3.05. Meredith boasts an impressive average class size of only 17 students, which allows professors to really get to know their students. Meredith women are not just a name on a roster, but part of an interconnected learning community.
An amazing 94 percent of Meredith students participate in non-classroom based learning experiences including internships, study abroad, and undergraduate research. Thirty-one percent of Meredith students study abroad and the programs are based upon the student's choice of study. Business students may study in China, and marine biology majors can experience a semester in Costa Rica. For students interested in Italian, Meredith College owns the Palazzo Alberti located in the Tuscany region of Italy in the medieval town of Sansepolcro. Students can immerse themselves in Italian and earn general education credits while living in a 16th century palazzo. Impressive.
As anyone with a laptop and WiFi can pull up additional admission statistics, I also want to discuss Meredith as an institution steeped in traditions. Meredith graduates love their experience at the college; 93 percent of them indicate they would choose Meredith again. And their love for the college is passed down from one generation to the next as Meredith has many legacies coming through those iron gates.
Winston Churchill stated, “A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril.” Meredith College's traditions are many, and they do indeed strengthen the fabric of the campus community. I could devote an entire blog to all of their traditions, but I had to choose my favorites. Freshmen at Meredith participate in a Fire and Water Dinner each April. As first year students reflect upon their experiences at Meredith, they note their remembrances on paper and float their successes in the fountain or burn their non-accomplishments in the fire. The symbolism is not lost on anyone, and this celebration is a part of every freshman experience. During their junior year Meredith students happily anticipate receiving their onyx ring at the Ring Dinner. However, prior to the Ring Dinner, each junior is given a candy ring pop to wear for a full day on campus which only serves to heighten the excitement. But it is the onyx ring that is so important to Meredith women. Any Raleigh resident can attest that the flash of an onyx ring around town is frequent, as many women wear their rings through adulthood.
Do you want a sense of tradition along with a top notch education? Do you crave the feel of a small community close to city living? If so, I encourage you to peruse Meredith College's website or schedule a tour of their lovely Raleigh campus. I am certainly glad I took the time to do so.