Meredith College - Oak Leaves Yearbook (Raleigh, NC)

 - Class of 1988

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" If you ask about the beginning of Mer- edith, " Richard Tilman Mann once said, " no one can answer you. is an incarna- tion of an idea. Events may be dated an chronicled, but who can trace the genesis of an idea? " More than fifty years before, the idea of an " establishment of a female semi- nary of high order " was already in exist- ence. The cornerstone of ]ohnson Hall re- veals the dates of four events: " Projected 1889, Chartered 1891, Opened 1899, Relocated 1924. " Studies of other female institutions such as Oxford and Chowan College were made to evaluate the success and " degree of confidence . . . with the You ' ve Come A Long Way Lady former education or to receive a different undergraduate or graduate degree. Unlike the situation the incoming students faced that fall day in 1 899, freshmen now arrive well in advance of the upperclassmen to participate in a well planned and informa- tive freshmen orientation and to move into their dorms. The curriculum at Meredith started off as a strict one which followed the Wake Forest catalogue closely. The students were to study mathematics up through quadratic equations, Latin, geography, and American and general history. There were twelve schools-. Latin, Creek, En- public generally " and then reported to the Baptist State Convention. The female in- stitution was approved. Six offers were considered for the school; Raleigh ' s bid was chosen because it was seen as the best location for growth and de- velopment. A building site was chosen in downtown Raleigh on Edenton Street be- tween Blount and Pearson Street — just one block from the State Capital. After a constant battle to raise enough money to fund the construction of the school, one hundred eighty students regis- tered that first day in 1899. The fourth floor of the main building wasn ' t com- pleted, so many students stumbled over piles of lumber, saws and hammers. The students couldn ' t even dress in their rooms because there were no shades on the windows, and the hall was filled with car- penters, electricians, faculty, and visitors passing bac k and forth. Today Meredith has over 2000 students of which just more than half live on campus in the residence halls-, the others commute from their homes to the school. A growing number of our students are re-entry women who have returned to college either to complete their XX glish, Modern Language (French, Ger- man, and Spanish), Mathematics, Nat- ural Science, Moral Philosophy, History and Political Science, Art, Music, Expres- sion, and Business. Many of the teachers had only college degrees themselves. Salaries ranged from $200 with room and board to $1000. The men ' s salaries were two to three times larger than the women ' s. Today Meredith offers four un- dergraduate degree programs: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Sci- ence in Nursing, and Bachelor of Music. The college also offers graduate degrees in 4 Opening

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