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New Student Orientation

WELCOME TO MEREDITH!

Immerse yourself in the campus community, connect with new classmates and upperclass Student Advisors, explore academic and campus resources, and have tons of fun!

Through New Student Orientation you will find everything you need to get off on the right foot at Meredith. We look forward to welcoming you to campus, balloon arches and all. 

Spring Semester Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students that are new to life at Meredith—this includes first-year students, transfer students, and Wings students—regardless of where a student elects to live (on or off campus).

Contact Information  
Chrissie Bumgardner
Co-Director, First Year Experience
bumgardner@meredith.edu

Lisa Brown
Co-Director, First Year Experience
lmbrown@meredith.edu

New Student Orientation
January 8-9, 2024

Monday, January 8th

  • Resident Student Move-In (between 9 AM and 12 PM)
  • Optional New Student Meet Up & Dinner (5:30 – 7:00 PM)


Tuesday, January 9th

  • Fast Track New Student Orientation Program required for all new students (between 9:30 AM and 5:30 PM)

 

View the full orientation schedule.

More Information:

Move-In Day
New students and their families receive a fun-filled arrival on campus starting at the front gate! Our boisterous team of students (known as the OCrew) pay forward the welcome shown to them while alumnae, members of our Parent’s Council, and upperclass Student Advisors are on hand all day to extend the welcome. 

Honor Code Ceremony
During this long-held tradition, new students recite the honor pledge and sign pledge cards to “faithfully uphold the principles of the Honor Code.” According to the Student Handbook, a student’s enrollment is not considered complete until the Honor Pledge has been signed.

Tour of the Massey House
Since the 1970s, it’s been a tradition for new students to visit the President’s home during their very first few days on campus. President Jo Allen hosts tours of the lovely residence, more formally known as the Massey House, and personally greets each student upon arrival. 

As a first-year commuter student you will participate in the one-day orientation program which will take place on Tuesday, January 9.  We invite you to join us for the optional Meet Up & Dinner the evening before—the meal in Belk Dining Hall is on us!

As an international student, you will need to familiarize yourself with so much more beyond Meredith College. To help you in your transition to the states, be sure to visit our page for International Students.

We recognize that you have been to college before and may have different needs than our first-year students do. Therefore, our orientation for transfer students is designed to help distinguish Meredith from your previous institution, while not to devalue your growth that has occurred along the way.

Transfer students will be placed into groups with other transfers to foster an environment for you to meet and get to know other students like you. These groups will be led by our Wings and Transfer Advisors (WTAs) who are upper-class students, many of which were transfer students too.

As a transfer student, you are expected to participate in the one-day program on Tuesday, January 9th as well as the two other programs scheduled once classes start. Trust us, you will be glad you did!

We recognize that as an adult student, you have different needs as well as unique time constraints compared to other new students. Therefore, we have condensed our New Student Orientation program for the Spring Semester into a one-day program on Tuesday, January 9th. Please consider participating in the optional programing once the semester starts. Trust us, you will be glad you did.

Resident students are assigned parking permits, which allow them to park in designated residential parking areas. Commuter students must park in designated commuter parking lots between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Between 4 p.m. and 7 a.m. during the week and throughout the weekend, all students may park in the following areas: Alumnae Parking Lot, Chapel Parking Lot, Cate Center Parking Lot, and the small parking lot behind Martin Hall. If students plan to bring their car to campus, they must purchase a parking permit from the Campus Police Building during their first week on campus.

The Campus Police Building is located behind Poteat Residence Hall and is open from 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Students may also visit Campus Police to have their CamCards created during Orientation. Campus Police can be reached at (919) 760-8888.

Meredith College is pleased to provide support during New Student Orientation for students or family members with disabilities or other special needs. If you need accomodations for a disability, please contact Disability Services at (919) 760-8427 or disabilityservices@meredith.edu  to inquire about available services and to make the appropriate arrangements.

Greetings!

Welcome to Meredith College and the Meredith College family.  The strength of Meredith is in its people – the students, the faculty, the staff, and…the parents and families of our students.  We are proud and very excited that you and your family have chosen Meredith for your student’s higher education.  We understand that so much of the success that she has attained so far has resulted from your support and encouragement.

Your continued support will be critical to your student’s success at Meredith.  Families are invited to the first day of New Student Orientation, and we have provided information below that may assist you in supporting your Meredith student during the course of the year.  Additionally, we want you to contact us if you have questions and concerns.  We look forward to seeing you in August!  Welcome to the MC family!

Ann Gleason, Dean of Students
(919) 760-8521 | deanofstudents@meredith.edu

Stay Involved With Your Student’s Meredith Experience!

See these tips for being an involved and supportive parent:

  • DO Share in your student’s enthusiasm and excitement.
  • DO Expect homesickness (if your student lives on campus) and times when college life seems overwhelming.
  • DO Encourage your student to accept responsibility and become her own problem-solver.
  • DO Expect change and give her space to grow.
  • DO Listen, write, call, and send care packages – discuss what would work best in keeping the communication lines open.
  • DO Find new interests to help you let go.
  • DO Encourage your student to get involved on campus and to participate in weekend programs, traditions and events.
  • DON’T rush to the rescue. Encourage and support, but let her handle concerns and issues. If she needs additional support, remind her of on-campus resources and offices available to her.
  • DON’T Encourage coming home often.  Students make smoother transitions and are happier if they stay on campus long enough to make friends and get involved.
  • DON’T Expect many letters or phone calls.  Sometimes students get caught up in a whirlwind of activity and forget to stay in touch.
  • DON’T be surprised if she changes her mind on her major and career interests.

Important campus offices and resources.

Meredith College has a strong history of parent and family programming and philanthropy. For more information, click here.
Join the Meredith Parents and Families Facebook Page! Facebook

Raleigh is often cited as one of the best places to live and work in America. We’re proud to call it home.

Find more information at https://www.visitraleigh.com/ to plan your stay while attending New Student Orientation.

Please email deanofstudents@meredith.edu if you have any questions.

Student Orientation Schedule
Items in maroon are required
Monday, January 8, 2024
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9:00 AM12:00 PMResident Student Move-In
Plan to arrive on campus during this window of time. Please visit the DOS office in the Cate Center to receive your key before proceding to your Residence Hall.
Residence Halls
9:00 AM5:00 PMCampus Errands (optional)
Use this time to do any necessary business on campus before Tuesday's program begins
Various Locations
5:30 PM7:00 PMNew Student Meet Up and Dinner (optional)*

Connect with others that are starting their Meredith journey and get a jump start on tomorrow's program
Gather at Johnson Hall Rotunda
Tuesday, January 9, 2024
StartEndEventLocation
9:30 AM10:20 AMCheck in and Resource Fair
Get to meet other new students and visit with staff from various departments on campus. During this time make sure to get your CamCard (Student ID), if you have not already.
Cate Center
10:30 AM11:00 AMWelcome
Start the day off with an official welcome to campus.
Kresge Auditorium
11:00 AM11:45 AMAcademic Success at Meredith
Learn what it takes to be successful at Meredith, the resources at your disposal, and how to take ownership of your academic endevours.
Kresge Auditorium
12:00 PM1:00 PMLunch with Orientation Groups*
Connect with your Student Advisor and walk over to lunch where you can enjoy conversation with other sutdents in your group.
Belk Dining Hall
1:00 PM2:00 PMHealth and Wellness at Meredith
Staff will present information and resources related to student health and wellness with an emphasis on healthy relationships and Title IX policies and reporting procedures
Harris 110
2:00 PM2:30 PMGet to Know the Library
Take part in a tour of the Carlyle Campbell Library and learn about the many resources available to you.
Library
2:30 PM3:15 PMConnected @ Meredith
Discover technology resources and services available to you as a student and learn the expectations on how to be safe and responsible online
Freeman Room
3:30 PM4:15 PMGetting Involved on Campus
Join the staff of Student Leadership and Service and several student leaders to learn about how to get involved.
Harris 110
4:15 PM4:45 PMWhat's Next
Debrief the day and ask unanswered questions as we wrap up Orientation and get ready for the days to come.
Harris 110
4:45 PM5:00 PMHonor Code Ceremony
This longstanding tradition provides you an opportunity to undetstand and celebrate both the Honor Code and the Honor System at Meredith
Johnson Hall Rotunda
5:00 PM5:30 PMNavigating Campus (Optional)
Still unsure where your classes meet? Student Advisors will take you around so you feel a bit more familiar with campus.
Walk through your schedule
Wednesday, January 10, 2024
StartEndEventLocation
First Day of Classes!
5:00 PM7:00 PMStudent Organization Fair**
Get involved at MC! The Spring Student Organization Fair is a showcase of Meredith's 100+ student organizations on campus and a chance for you to connect with student leaders to learn about what each group does throughout the year. Whatever you may be passionate about, these groups are eager to meet you and help you get involved! Can't make it? Check out our student involvement software: MC Connect
Cate Center
Friday, January 12, 2024
StartEndEventLocation
10:00 AM10:50 AMStudent Advisor Meet Up**
Now that you have a few days under your belt, use this time to check in with your Student Advisor along with other new students like you.
TBA
Monday, January 29, 2024
StartEndEventLocation
10:00 AM10:50 AMAcclimating to Campus with StrongPoints**
It's been awhile. Explore how your acclimation to Merdith is going during a unique workshop that centers around your 5 Top Strengths. How can you use these strengths to your advantage in the months ahead? StrongPoints will show you how.
TBA
* Resident students use their meal plan. Commuter students receive a meal voucher for lunch and dinner.
** Students that attend both programs held during the first month of classes will receive a gift/incentive

Important Reminders for New Students

Academic and Medical Records

Acceptance for admission to Meredith College is contingent upon the receipt of a satisfactory final academic record and a completed medical form. 

Students must submit their completed medical forms promptly. The Health Center staff will advise students if any required health information was omitted. Both medical and academic records must be complete and submitted to the Office of Admissions before attending classes. 

Questions? Contact the Office of Admissions at (919) 760-8581.

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