Meredith College

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Meredith College
Meredith College Seal.png
MottoLux (Latin)
Motto in English
Light
TypePrivate women's liberal arts college and coeducational graduate school
Established1891; 131 years ago (1891)
Endowment$114.6 million (2020)[1][2]
PresidentJo Allen
Undergraduates1500
Postgraduates300
Location, ,
United States
CampusUrban
ColorsMaroon and white
MascotAvenging Angels
Websitewww.meredith.edu
Meredith College logo.png

Meredith College is a private women's liberal arts college and coeducational graduate school in Raleigh, North Carolina. As of 2021 Meredith enrolls approximately 1,500 women in its undergraduate programs and 300 men and women in its graduate programs.[3]

History[edit]

Meredith College students and faculty, 1948
Main building in 1930s

Chartered by the First Baptist Church the Baptist Female University opened in 1891 in a facility in downtown Raleigh. In 1904, the name was changed to Baptist University for Women. The name "Meredith College" was chosen in 1909 to honor Thomas Meredith who was the founder of the Baptist newspaper The Biblical Recorder.

In 1997, the college moved away from a direct connection with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.

Meredith began construction at the current location on Hillsborough Street near North Carolina State University in 1924, and students began attending classes there in 1926.[4] The campus covers 225 acres (0.91 km2) and is located in close proximity to both Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Research Triangle Park.

In 1980 an angel was chosen as the school sports mascot, but in the summer of 2007 this was changed to the "Avenging Angels".[5]

In April 2022, the school renamed Joyner Hall, named for white supremacy advocate James Yadkin Joyner, as part of Anti-Racism Initiatives.[6][7]

Academics[edit]

38 majors are offered at Meredith, as well as licensure, graduate, and pre-professional programs. According to U.S. News & World Report the most popular majors are Psychology, Biology/Biological Sciences, Business Administration and Management, Child Development and Social Work.[8]

Upon completion of an undergraduate major, students can receive a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, or Bachelor of Social Work. The John E. Weems Graduate School is coeducational.

Undergraduate students who wish to study engineering can participate in a five-year dual-degree program, whereby they can receive degrees from both Meredith and North Carolina State University's College of Engineering. To do this, students must major in either chemistry, computer science or mathematics at Meredith. Through this arrangement, students receive a B.A. from Meredith in chemistry, computer science or mathematics and a B.S. from NCSU in engineering.

The college's Undergraduate Research Program supports student/faculty partnerships for the purposes of academic research and creative activity in all fields. College funds support these projects and underwrite travel costs for students presenting their work at conferences. The college hosts an annual one-day research conference in April to present work of Meredith students.

Student life[edit]

Main entrance and building
Jones Chapel

Meredith College is noted for its traditions, which range from the Honor Code at the beginning of each student's time at Meredith to Cornhuskin', a yearly weeklong festival encouraging competition between graduating classes. Each student has the opportunity to enroll in the "Big Sis, Little Sis" program, which has a junior "big sister" pair up with one or two "little sisters" as a mentor and friend. Meredith College also holds events in February of each year to celebrate its Founder's Day and to encourage giving by alumnae, families, friends, and current members of the community. During each college generation, faculty will perform Alice in Wonderland for the students, keeping their involvement in the production a secret up until the students see them on stage.[4]

Meredith alumna often wear their class ring, a black onyx with an engraving of the Meredith shield. The current design, the work of Meredith alumna Ann Lovell, has been the same for every Meredith onyx since 1953. "Ring Dinner," when the students first receive their Onyx, is held in the fall of junior year and is one of the most important traditions at Meredith College.

Meredith College is also noted for its Honor Code, which each student signs at an Honor Code ceremony at the beginning of her first semester at Meredith.

Rankings and classifications[edit]

As of 2021, Meredith College was ranked #136 in the category of Best Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News & World Report [8] , was ranked #119 by Forbes among "In The South",[9] and was categorized by The Princeton Review in the Best Southeastern category.[10][11]

Meredith College was ranked #5 among regional colleges in the South in the 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges rankings.[12] As of 2019 Meredith College is not included in this ranking as a southern regional university.[13][14]

Athletics[edit]

As of August 2021 Meredith athletes compete in basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field and volleyball.[15] In August 2014 Meredith College announced the addition of track and field and in September 2019 announced the addition of golf as well as field hockey.[16][17]

A member of the USA South Athletic Conference since 2007,[5] Meredith has claimed 26 USA South championships, made 15 NCAA appearances, and had 300 student-athletes named all-conference and 670 to USA South All-American.

The main field of Meredith College for outdoor sports

Notable people[edit]

Administration[edit]

  • Jo Allen, president (2011–present)
  • Maureen A. Hartford, president (1999–2011)
  • John E. Weems, president (1972–1999)
  • E. Bruce Heilman, president (1966–1971)
  • Carlyle Campbell, president (1939–1966)
  • Charles Brewer, president (1915–1939)
  • Richard Tilman Vann, president (1900–1915)
  • James Carter Blasingame, president (1899–1900)
  • Thomas Meredith, founding figure and namesake
  • Oliver Larkin Stringfield, founding figure and fundraiser
  • Leonidas L. Polk, founding figure
  • Hoyt Patrick Taylor, former trustee

Alumnae[edit]

Faculty[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  2. ^ February 27, 2019. "Meredith Surpasses Its Fundraising Goal Record". N&O news item. News & Observer. Archived from the original on April 28, 2019. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  3. ^ "About Meredith College: Quick Facts". Meredith College. Archived from the original on 2021-08-01. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
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  5. ^ a b "Meredith College Athletics History". Meredith College. Archived from the original on 2019-12-28. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  6. ^ Allen, Melyssa (6 April 2022). "Meredith College Announces Plan to Change Academic Building Name as Part of Anti-Racism Initiative". Meredith College (Press release). Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  7. ^ "Meredith College to rename Joyner Hall as part of its new anti racism initiative". WTVD. 6 April 2022. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  8. ^ a b "Meredith College | Academic Life". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2022-01-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Meredith College". Forbes. Retrieved 2022-01-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "Meredith College". The Princeton Review College Rankings and Reviews. Archived from the original on 2020-09-20. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  11. ^ "What Makes Us Strong". Meredith College. Archived from the original on 2019-07-19. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  12. ^ "Regional College South Rankings | Top Regional Colleges South | US News Best Colleges". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2019-09-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  13. ^ "2020 Best Regional Universities in the South". US News Rankings. Archived from the original on 2019-04-17. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  14. ^ "Meredith College - Profile, Rankings and Data | US News Best Colleges". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2022-01-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ "Meredith Athletics Home". Archived from the original on 2019-04-04. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  16. ^ "Meredith College to Add Track and Field as Eighth Varsity Sport". Meredith College. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  17. ^ "Meredith College to Add Two New Sports". September 5, 2019. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  18. ^ Dillingham, Kendra. "Kendra Dillingham, Author at Holy Trinity Anglican Church". Holy Trinity Anglican Church. Retrieved 2022-04-29.
  19. ^ "Meet Our Team". Holy Trinity Anglican Church. Retrieved 2022-04-29.

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