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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. 

New Student Orientation is a required program of all new students– first year, transfer, and Wings– regardless of living on or off campus.

Below you will find links with useful information to ensure your orientation experience is a successful one. 

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

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

Important Dates - Fall 2023

New Student Orientation

Orientation occurs between Move-In and the First Day of Classes. Programs for First-Year, Transfer, and Wings students are held concurrently, regardless of living on or off campus.

  • New students will be assigned a unique move-in window of time between the hours of 8 a.m. to 12 noon. This information will be shared once housing assignments are complete in early July.
  • Some students may arrive early for some of our pre-arrival programs. International students, students enrolled in Bridge, and Fall season student-athletes will move in on Wednesday, August 16, 2023.
  • Programming begins for all new students—first-year and transfer—at pm on Saturday, August 19. Commuting students should plan to arrive on campus between 3 and 3:45 p.m. for check-in. All new students should expect to be busy with orientation programming throughout the four-day experience. A detailed schedule will be available in early August. 
  • Wings Students will have a condensed orientation program on Tuesday, August 22, 2023.

Resources

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 Massey House
President Jo Allen will host tours of the Massey House. Transportation will be provided.

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.

Parking permit fees are $200 for the academic year for residents and $125 for commuting students. 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.

Residents 

Students planning to live on campus will receive an email from Residence Life with instructions for parking and moving into the residence halls. If you have questions about campus housing, please contact reslife@meredith.edu.

Commuters

During Orientation, commuter students should park in the P-4-5-6 Commuter Lots.

Disability Services 

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

In the event of inclement weather, updates about changes to the New Student Orientation schedule will be posted on this website and Meredith’s social media channels.

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.

Meredith is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina’s capital city and one of the fastest-growing urban centers in the country. Our campus is just minutes from downtown, which boasts a bustling arts, nightlife, retail, and culinary scene. Raleigh is home to renowned museums of art, history, and science; several colleges and universities; the Carolina Hurricanes pro hockey team; and a number of the region’s top companies. Raleigh-Durham International Airport and the Research Triangle Park are just minutes away.

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.

Transfer Students

Welcome to Meredith! We recognize that you have been to college before and may have different needs than our first-year students. Therefore, our orientation for transfer students is designed to help distinguish Meredith from your previous institution, while not devaluing the 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 whom were transfer students too. 

New Student Orientation is required for all new transfer students. Programming begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, regardless of whether you are living on or off campus. New transfer students should expect to be busy with orientation programming throughout the four-day experience. A detailed schedule will be available in early August.

Students walking on campus on the first day of class in spring.
three students looking at laptop

International Students

Welcome to Meredith! 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 United States, there is a pre-orientation program designed specifically for you before you join our campus-wide program. This International Orientation will take place August 16 – 18, 2023.  Wednesday, August 16 is students’ arrival (and on-campus move-in) day, and the orientation itself will take place all day Thursday and Friday. Undergraduate students will then join their peers for New Student Orientation from August 19 – 22, 2023. For more information, be sure to visit our page for International Students

New Student Orientation is required for all new international students. Programming begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, regardless of living on or off campus. Students should expect to be busy with orientation programming throughout the four-day experience. A detailed schedule will be available in early August.

Commuter Students

Welcome to Meredith! New Student Orientation aims to help your transition to college life. As a commuter student, you will participate in the full four-day orientation program which will take place from Saturday, August 19 – Tuesday, August 22. Plan to arrive on campus between 3 and 3:45 p.m. on Saturday for your special commuter student check-in. 

We do our best to arrange the schedule so that commuter students are able to maximize their time on campus. Expect to be busy with orientation programming throughout the four-day experience. A detailed schedule will be available in early August.

Commuter Students.
Parimala Prahalad smiling at the camera.

WINGS Students

Welcome to Meredith! 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 four-day experience to occur on Tuesday, August 22, 2023 –  the day before classes start. Your orientation program will connect you to the right people at the right time and give you the information you need to start strong. You will have the opportunity to meet other adult students, receive advice from our Wings and Transfer Student Advisors, and participate in some of our favorite New Student Orientation traditions.  

While the one-day program for Wings students is required, we also encourage our adult students to attend several key programs during the four-day program, if your schedule allows.  These include the Welcome Session for New Students, the Campus Life Skit, the President’s Dinner, and the Honor Code Ceremony. A detailed schedule will be available in early August.

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.

Health Insurance

All required* students must enroll in Meredith’s BCBS insurance or opt out by completing a waiver with your personal insurance information in the Meredith BCBS insurance portal. 

*Required students include all full-time undergraduates, licensure only, pre-health, I-O Psych, international, study abroad, and dietetic interns.

The Health Insurance Waiver Portal will open June 1st for the Fall 2023 and can be accessed for wavier or enrollment actions through 5:00 P.M. EDT on Wednesday, September 13, 2023. 

Access the Meredith BCBS insurance portal

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