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Meredith College

Meredith College
Motto Lux (Light)
Established 1891
Type Private
Endowment $65.1 million[1]
President Dr. Jo Allen
Undergraduates 2,000
Postgraduates 300
Location Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Campus Urban
Colors Maroon and white
Mascot Avenging Angels
Website meredith.edu
Meredith College logo.png

Meredith College is a liberal arts women's college located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Meredith has about 2,000 undergraduate students and about 300 co-ed graduate students in an evening program. Meredith is the largest college for undergraduate women in the southeastern United States.[2][2] 89% of students come from in-state.[3]

Since 2000, Meredith College has hosted Governor's School East each summer.



Chartered in 1891 by First Baptist Church and named for Thomas Meredith, founder of the Biblical Recorder, 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.

In 1997, the college moved away from a direct connection with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.[3] In 2010, the Board of Trustees revised the mission statement to say: "Meredith College, grounded in the liberal arts and committed to professional preparation, educates and inspires students to live with integrity and provide leadership for the needs, opportunities and challenges of society." [4] The trustees also adopted a revised vision statement for the college and listed the values of the college which include:

  • Integrity…upholding high standards of truth and personal honor;
  • Intellectual freedom…fostering a spirit of openness and inquiry, and respecting a range of perspectives and voices;
  • Academic excellence…promoting scholarship, innovation, curiosity, intellectual challenge, hard work and lifelong learning;
  • Responsible global citizenship…contributing positive change through ethical leadership and civic engagement;
  • Personal development…seeking intellectual, personal and spiritual growth through structured and individual learning and experience;
  • Religious diversity…avowing the College’s Christian heritage while respecting all faiths and spiritual beliefs; and
  • Relevance…meeting society’s needs by educating students in programs that prepare them for the future [4]

Meredith moved to its current location on Hillsborough Street near North Carolina State University in 1924. The campus covers 225 acres (0.91 km2) and is located in close proximity to both Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Research Triangle Park.[4]

As of the 2007-2008 school year, the mascot was changed to the "Avenging Angels" from the "Angels". This was to add a more intimidating edge to their mascot.

For a timeline, go to the Meredith College Library website at http://www.meredith.edu/library/archives/meredith_timeline.html

A rich part of Meredith's history is a strong connection to tradition. A Meredith girl can be spotted by her class ring, a black onyx with an engraving of the Meredith Shield. On either side of the ring, oak leaves represent one of North Carolina's most recognizable trees. The current design, the work of Meredith grad Ann Lovell, has been the same for every Meredith onyx since 1953. Today, this small symbol connects all of Meredith's women, reminding them of their time at Meredith and the history of the all-women's college.


32 majors are offered at Meredith, as well as licensure, graduate, and pre-professional programs. According to the The Princeton Review, the most popular majors are Business Administration/Management, Interior Design, and General Psychology.[5]

Upon completion of a major, students can receive a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, and/or Bachelor of Social Work. Graduate students can receive Master's degrees in business management, education, Master of Arts in Teaching, or nutrition.[6] The John E. Weems Graduate School is coeducational.[7]

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 or mathematics at Meredith. Through this arrangement, students receive a B.A. from Meredith in chemistry or mathematics and a B.S. from NCSU in engineering.[8]

The college's Undergraduate Research Program supports student/faculty partnerships for the purposes of academic research and creative activity in all fields.[9] 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.[10]

In 2001, Meredith became the first women's college to adopt a campus-wide laptop program through the Meredith Technology Initiative.[11] Students receive an IBM ThinkPad loaded with professional and educational software. Internet access is provided through the campus' wireless network.[12]

  Rankings and classifications

U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges guide for 2007 ranked Meredith, which it considers a "selective" college for admissions standards, 15/64 among Southern Master's-level universities, tying it with Spring Hill College and Murray State University.[13] The college was also tied for 15th in 2006.

The Princeton Review lists Meredith as one of its 146 "Best Southeastern Colleges."[14] The college's Carnegie Classification is Master's Colleges and Universities-I.

In fall 2005, Meredith alumnae who had earned their M.B.A. at the college scored better than 80% of other participating colleges in an Educational Testing Service standardized national test designed to determine knowledge of their field. Undergraduate students scored better than 60% of other students across the country in finance; 75% in international business, management, and business law and social environment; and 85% in marketing.[15]


On August 22, 2007, Meredith unveiled its new mascot and logo and became known as the "Avenging Angels." The Meredith "Avenging Angels" compete on seven NCAA Division III athletics teams: basketball, soccer, softball, cross country, volleyball, lacrosse and tennis. Meredith College joined the USA South Athletic Conference in 2006, with the 2007-2008 season being their first as a full member. Meredith has two USA South Athletic Conference championships, winning both the soccer and tennis tournaments in the 2008-09 season.

Meredith teams have enjoyed great success in post-season play in recent years as an independent institution and conference member. The tennis Avenging Angels competed in the NCAA tournament in 2000, 2007 and 2009, while the basketball Avenging Angels competed in the first round of the NCAA tournaments in 2001 and 2003. The soccer Avenging Angels competed in the NCAA tournament 2006 and 2008.

There is also a synchronized swimming team, the Aqua Angels, that does not compete at the NCAA level.[16]

  Notable people


  • Dr. 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



  See also


  External links

Coordinates: 35°47′48″N 78°41′21″W / 35.79665°N 78.68923°W / 35.79665; -78.68923



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