ARMS Update

Greetings from the Office of Admission,

Spring is just around the corner!  It was definitely a busy fall for alumnae, so here are a few recruitment efforts that took place.

Fall Recruitment Focus Week
The Fall Recruitment Focus Week took place October 27-31.  There were 68 alumnae who e-mailed 403 prospective high school students encouraging them to apply to Meredith.  Many alumnae were from NC, but there were also alumnae from Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Colorado, and China who contacted prospective students.  Thank you for all your efforts!

“Let’s Talk about Strong” coffee chats
During the week of October 27-31, the “Let’s Talk about Strong” coffee chats took place for the first time in key out-of-state areas and Charlotte, NC to help boost applications.  Alumnae in Charlotte, Virginia, DC, and Maryland met with high school seniors to share their Meredith experiences and to encourage these young women to apply.  Several of these students ultimately applied to Meredith and were accepted.  We would love for these coffee chats to grow every year, so thank you to those alumnae who helped pilot this event for the first time!

What’s coming around the corner?

Spring Recruitment Focus Week
The Spring Recruitment Focus Week will take place during the week of March 9-13.  Alumnae will contact admitted students via e-mail and share their Meredith experience.  Our goal is for every admitted student to hear from a Meredith alumna.  This personal touch as well as an alumna’s personal story will certainly impact a student’s decision to choose Meredith.  Alumnae will also encourage students to attend Experience Meredith, our Accepted Student Day, on Saturday, March 21st.

As a reminder, if you know a student who would be a great fit for Meredith, please refer her via the online referral form here:  By referring a student, her $40 application fee will be waived if she applies to Meredith.

If you are interested in becoming an ARMS volunteer, please complete the online interest form here:  We would love to hear from you!

I look forward to working with all of you this spring!


Going Strong,

Anna Buryk ‘09
Assistant Director of Admission

ARMS Update

Greetings from the Office of Admission!  I hope all of you had a relaxing summer.  We welcomed the Class of 2018 on Saturday, August 16 for Move-In Day.  The Class of 2018 is one of the largest classes in Meredith’s 123 year history!  I’d like to extend a big thank you to all alumnae who helped influence a student’s decision to attend Meredith this year.  Your stories and personal experiences make a difference in the lives of these angels.

I’d like to share some updates about the ARMS program and how alumnae have helped build this class.


ARMS (Alumnae Recruiting Meredith Students), Meredith’s first official plan for formally involving alumnae in the recruitment process continued into its second year.  ARMS volunteers participated in the following actions during the 2013-2014 recruitment cycle:

  • Fall Recruitment Week: 14 alums contacted 267 prospective students by email in our targeted recruitment areas and encouraged them to apply.
  • Discover Meredith: collaborative event with Alumnae Development and Admissions. 30 alums brought 48 students to campus; our largest Discover Meredith event to date.
  • College Fair Recruitment: Six alums attended college fairs with recruiters.
  • Spring Recruitment Week: 136 alums contacted 576 admitted student encouraging them to choose Meredith.
  • Admitted Student Receptions: 16 alums hosted admitted student receptions across North Carolina with the goal of influencing decisions for Meredith.

In summary: 596/1795 applicants (33%), 567/1100 admitted students (51%), and 274/481 deposits (57%) received a contact from an alumna during the 2013-2014 recruitment cycle.

In the upcoming cycle “Let’s Talk About Strong” conversations will be implemented in targeted areas in an effort to increase out-of-state applications and enrollment. Alumnae will invite prospects to meet them for coffee to discuss their interest in Meredith.  Locations confirmed for the “Let’s Talk About Strong” conversations this fall are the following:

  1. D.C.
  2. Louisville, KY
  3. Lexington, KY
  4. Houston, TX
  5. Richmond, VA
  6. Jacksonville, FL
  7. New York City, NY
  8. Baltimore, MD
  9. Charleston, SC
  10. Charlotte, NC (only in-state location for coffee)

Anna Buryk, Assistant Director of Admission and responsible for creating the Alumnae Recruitment Plan and Shery Boyles, Director of Admission, attended Alumnae Board of Directors meetings in the fall and spring to keep them updated on current initiatives and to seek their input on development of the ARMS program.

*If you know a student who would be a great fit for Meredith College, please refer her online through the “Refer a Student” referral form:

*If you would like to be involved in the ARMS program, please complete the online interest form:

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the ARMS program.  We need your help to recruit another strong class of angels!

Anna Buryk ‘09
Assistant Director of Admissions

ARMS update — Alumnae Recruitment of Meredith Students

Greetings from the Office of Admissions!

I hope all of you are having a relaxing summer.  I can’t believe it’s July already!  I wanted to provide an update for alumnae and share some initiatives for the fall semester.  During Alumnae Reunion Weekend in May, I conducted a training session for several alumnae who are interested in assisting our admissions counselors at college fairs this travel season.  These alumnae were trained and educated about college fairs, what to expect at the fairs, and how to best engage with students they meet.  Our admissions counselors will be hitting the road soon to recruit for the next class and we are excited for the opportunity to utilize our alumnae in our recruitment efforts!

Discover Meredith, a day for alumnae to bring prospective students to campus, will be held on Saturday, October 19.  Stay tuned for more information!

A “Fall Alumnae Recruitment Focus Week” will also take place this fall where alumnae will contact prospective students in targeted areas in order to build our applicant pool for next year.

I will be posting a link to the college fair training video soon, so if you are interested in training for college fairs and helping recruit prospective students, please e-mail me at and I would be happy to send you the link.

Stay tuned for more updated information throughout the summer and fall semester.  Again, thank you for all of your efforts in recruiting these women to Meredith!

-Anna Buryk ‘09

Alumnae in Recruitment

I’m pleased to announce the name of the alumnae recruitment volunteer group!

ARMS (Alumnae Recruitment of Meredith Students)

Your input is greatly appreciated, so thank you to all who voted!

-Anna Buryk, ‘09

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