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LACROSSE AT MEREDITH COLLEGE Meredith College will add lacrosse as a varsity sport for the 2012-13 athletics season. Meredith will be the first college or university in Raleigh, N.C., to offer women’s lacrosse. Meredith lacrosse players will have the opportunity to play on one of the premier athletic facilities in the USA South Athletic Conference. Opened in 2008, Meredith’s state-of-the-art Athletic Field and Track complex will be the home field for the College’s lacrosse team. The complex includes a lighted competition level track, a FieldTurf artificial playing surface capable of supporting soccer and lacrosse games and a storage facility. Future phases of the project will include a grandstand, hospitality areas, support facilities, restrooms, brick arcade and locker rooms. The field also supports Meredith’s soccer and cross country teams.


the opportunity to become well-rounded individuals who successfully

Athletics have been a part of the Meredith experience for more than

integrate athletics and academics while experiencing all aspects of

100 years. The first competitive games against other schools were

college life. Division III athletics feature athletes who can receive only

held in 1904. Since then, Meredith’s athletic teams have enjoyed

academic financial assistance and athletics departments that are staffed

many successes. In 1952, the basketball and field hockey teams

and funded like any other department in the College.

pulled out impressive victories against the University of North Carolina and Duke. In 1980, the golf team won the NCAIAW state champion-


ship while the tennis team took the conference title. The golf team

Meredith College’s commitment to academics is exemplified by its

finished second in the AIAW Division III national tournament in 1981,

athletics teams. Each year, the USA South Athletic Conference recog-

in Meredith’s first bid for a national championship.

nizes its student-athletes’ hard work in the classroom by naming an Academic All-Conference team. A student-athlete must have earned

In the mid-1980s, Meredith began expanding its varsity offerings.

a 3.0 GPA in each of the two semesters of a given year to be eligible.

Softball was added during the 1985-86 academic year. Soccer was

The athletics department also offers a special Athletics Director’s

added in 1993, followed by the addition of cross country in 2005.

List that recognizes the athletes that receive a 3.5 each of the two

Meredith will field its first varsity lacrosse team in 2013.

semesters. During the 2010-11 season, 45.8% of Meredith’s student athletes finished with a 3.0 or higher and 18.8% received the Athlet-

In the last decade, Mer-

ics Director’s award with a 3.5 or higher.

edith has seen an increase in the competitiveness of


the athletics programs on

Meredith’s athletic training staff provides excellent care for partici-

a regional and national

pants. The athletic training support staff consists of head athletic

level. The program has had

trainer, Sharon Malley, student athletic trainers from the University of

seven NCAA tournament

North Carolina and on-call physicians. Some of the services and equip-

bids across three differ-

ment provided include a whirlpool, hydrocollator, ultrasound, injury ice

ent sports since 2001 (basketball 2001, 2003; tennis 2003, 2007,

and electrical stimulation. Meredith College serves as a clinical site for

2009; and soccer 2007, 2008). The 2007-08 season marked the

the UNC-Chapel Hill Undergraduate Athletic Training Program.

first year of competition in the USA South Athletic Conference. Meredith was the first single gender institution to win a conference title


with both tennis and soccer tournament wins in 2008-09. The soccer

Members from each team are elected to the Student Athlete Advisory

team added a regular season title in 2009.

Committee that organizes support for each sport and also coordinates community service. Past volunteer work includes Special Olympics


of Wake County, Habitat for Humanity, Service Raleigh, and the USA

Meredith athletics teams participate in Division III of the National Col-

South Athletic Conference’s Cans Across the Conference and Pennies

legiate Athletic Association. Division III athletics offers student-athletes

for a Purpose.

ABOUT MEREDITH learning center, an autism lab, an astronomy observation deck, an indoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a dance studio, lighted tennis courts, a putting green, an athletic field and track complex and two miles of greenway connecting our campus to the community.

CAMPUS LIFE • Total enrollment for 2011-12 is 1,982, which includes 1,709 undergraduate students and 273 graduate students. • Meredith sponsors juried student exhibitions, an active concert schedule, visiting artists and exhibitions featuring professional artists. Founded in 1891, Meredith College is one of the largest independent women’s colleges in the U.S. Meredith offers comprehensive liberal arts and professional studies for undergraduate women. Meredith also offers coeducational M.B.A., M.A.T., M.Ed. and M.S. in Nutrition programs and coeducational business, paralegal, dietetics and prehealth certificate programs. In 2011, Meredith was cited as one of

• Students participate in theatre and dance performance troupes and a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles. • Meredith students advance their leadership skills in programs such as the Emerging Leader Seminar Series, Officer and Advisor Training, Sophie Lanneau Women’s Leadership Development Program and the LeaderShape® Institute.

the “best colleges” in the region and the country by U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review and For more information, visit

ABOUT RALEIGH With a population of more than 350,000, Raleigh, N.C.,


consistently ranks among the best places to live and start a

• Meredith offers 32 majors.

career. In 2011, Raleigh was named “America’s Best City,” the

• The Undergraduate Research Program supports student/faculty

second best place nationally for young professionals, and the

partnerships in the pursuit of research and creative activity in all fields. College funds support these projects and underwrite travel costs for students presenting their work at conferences. 41% of Meredith students participate in undergraduate research with a faculty member (the national average is 21%). • Study abroad options include faculty-led summer programs in Italy, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Iceland, France, Spain and the United Kingdom. Meredith offers a semester study abroad program in Sansepolcro, Italy; students can also choose from a variety of semester and year-long travel opportunities throughout the world. Semester programs at the United Nations in New York City or in Washington, D.C., are also available.

FACULTY • The undergraduate student-faculty ratio is approximately 11:1. The average class size is 17. • Of the 124 full-time faculty members, 91% have earned doctoral or terminal degrees. Sixty-six percent of the full-time faculty is female and 34% is male.

CAMPUS AND FACILITIES • Meredith’s 225-acre campus includes a 1,200-seat amphitheater on a lake, seven residence halls, a music library, art galleries, a research greenhouse, music practice rooms, auditoriums, a theater, concert halls, a student center, computer labs, a child care lab, a

number one best place for business and careers. • Raleigh, the capital city of North Carolina, is located 150 miles west of the Atlantic Ocean and 190 east of the Great Smoky Mountains. • Raleigh has an annual average high of 70 degrees and low of 47. • Raleigh is a true college town; in addition to Meredith, it is home to NC State University, William Peace University, St. Augustine’s College and Shaw University. NC Central University, UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University are also located within 30 minutes of Meredith’s campus. • Area sports teams include Carolina Hurricanes (NHL) Carolina Mudcats (AA baseball), Durham Bulls (AAA baseball) and Carolina Railhawks (USL-1 soccer). • Raleigh is home to entertainment venues including the RBC Center, Time Warner Cable Music Pavillion and the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Some recent artists: Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay and John Mayer. • Raleigh’s active arts scene is supported by the N.C. Museum of Art, which is connected to Meredith by a greenway that runs through campus. Other museums include the North Carolina Museum of History and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

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The USA South Athletic Conference is home to 13 institutions, five in Virginia, five in North Carolina, two in Georgia and one in Tennessee. The conference consists of Averett University,

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Christopher Newport University, Ferrum College, Greensboro College, William Peace University, Shenandoah University, Methodist University, Mary Baldwin College, Meredith College and North Carolina Wesleyan College. The two Georgia institu-

South Carolina

tions, Agnes Scott College and LaGrange College, became competing members of the conference in the fall of 2009 as women’s lacrosse only members. The lone Tennessee institution, Maryville


College, entered the conference in 2005 as a football-only member. The 2012-13 season will see the departure of Shenandoah University and the addition of Maryville College, LeGrange College and Piedmont College as full members.




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requests, and other related sports information areas should be sent The site features game notes, schedules,

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rosters, player and coaches’ bios, game recaps and special news related

(919) 760-8811.

to the program.

BROADCASTING INFORMATION The 2011-12 sports season will feature at least 45 Meredith College

athletics events to be broadcast live and archived on the athletics website. Meredith’s athletics broadcasting team is made up of faculty member Michael Novak and guest broadcasters. All broadcasts can be found on Meredith’s official athletics web site at www.

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