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High Point University

High Point, North Carolina

High Point University is different. It’s student-centered. It’s values-based. It’s a holistic learning environment. The school’s innovative transformation has already brought more than 25 new buildings to campus, doubled the number of faculty and tripled the size of the freshman class.

HPU is a small school with world-class school facilities. Its 16 varsity teams play at the NCAA Division I level. Students flock to High Point from 50 states and 37 countries, providing the school with great diversity in student history and experience. Yet, High Point University offers its students a safe community that feels like home, where the average class size is 17 and professors don’t just know their students’ names – they know who they are and who they want to become.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
4,362 undergraduate students
99% of undergrad students are full time
40% male 60% female
78% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
276 full-time faculty
145 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
98% of first year students live on campus
94% of all students live on campus

School Location

Nestled within the city of High Point, North Carolina, HPU sits in the center of the Piedmont Triad, North Carolina’s largest metropolitan area with more than 1.9 million people. Both Greensboro and Winston-Salem are 20 minutes from campus. East of campus are Raleigh 1.5 hours away) and the Atlantic Ocean (4 hours away); south of campus are Charlotte (1.5 hours away) and Atlanta, GA (5 hours away); and west of campus are the Appalachian Mountains (2 hours away).

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences x
Common Intellectual Experiences x
Learning Communities  
Writing-Intensive Courses x
Collaborative Assignments and Projects x
Undergraduate Research x
Diversity/Global Learning  
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning x
Internships/Coops/Practicums x
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience  

Retention Fall 2015

81% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

65% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 5%
White 79%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%


Athletic Division: NCAA Division I

No. of varsity sports: 16, including men’s baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country and indoor and outdoor track, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball.

Mascot: Prowler the Panther
Colors: Purple and white

Other Information

High Point University, founded in 1924, is a private, 4-year comprehensive institution that is rooted in the liberal arts and affiliated with the United Methodist church.

Academic Programs

Undergraduate Programs:Within the liberal arts framework, the university offers the following pre-professional programs: Art Therapy, Dentistry, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Ministry, Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Veterinary; School of Art and Design: Graphic Design and Digital Imaging, Interior Design, Studio Art, Visual Merchandising Design; The Earl N. Phillips School of Business: Accounting, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, International Business, Marketing, Sales; The Nido R. Qubein School of Communication: Electronic Media Production, Games and Interactive Media Design, Journalism, Media and Popular Culture Studies, Strategic Communication, Sport and Event Management, Documentary Media; The School of Education: Elementary Education, Health and Physical Education, Middle Grades Education, Secondary Education (9-12 Licensure) – sub areas: Biology, Comprehensive Science, English, History/Social Studies, Mathematics, Special Education (K-12 Licensure), Special Subjects (K-12 Licensure) – sub areas: Spanish; The School of Health Sciences: Exercise Science with Concentrations in: Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Heath and Wellness; The David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences: Actuarial Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, English – sub areas: Literature, Writing, History, Human Relations, International Relations, Mathematical Economics, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages – sub areas: French and Francophone Studies, Spanish, Music – sub areas: Instrumental Studies, Piano, Organ, Voice, Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology and Anthropology, Theater – sub areas: Performance, Technical, Dramatic Writing, Collaborative Theater

More Distinctions

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks High Point University as No. 1 among Regional Colleges in the South and No. 1 Most Innovative Regional Colleges in the South. HPU has been listed among the top 100 schools in The John Templeton Foundation Honor Roll of Colleges that Encourage Character Development. The school has also been listed on the Parade Magazine College A-List and ranked in the top seven percent of colleges in the nation by Forbes.com. HPU has also been named a Tree Campus USA and an All-Steinway School.

  • High Point University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of High Point University. The School of Education at High Point University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

  • The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the High Point University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by High Point University. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

  • HPU’s Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy program was authorized by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education Board of Directors for an on-site evaluation that occurred in the spring 2016 for consideration of Pre-candidate status. Authorization of an on-site evaluation for consideration of Pre-candidate status does not carry with it nor imply an accreditation status. The on-site evaluation is authorized solely for purposes of gathering additional information in furtherance of an accreditation decision. The Board will consider Pre-candidate status at the next regularly scheduled meeting, which occurs in January and June of each year, following the on-site evaluation. For an explanation of the ACPE accreditation process, consult the Office of the Dean or the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, Illinois 60503, 312-644-3575; www.acpe-accredit.org.

Each Year an Adventure

What makes HIgh Point University distinctive are carefully crafted, holistic academic plans that merge classroom knowledge and experiences with the necessary life skills to make you competitive within the global marketplace. It begins right away with HPU President Nido Qubein’s first-year Seminar on Life Skills and continues in more than 100 different ways throughout every student’s four years at HPU.

Academic Programs

HPU offers 47 undergraduate majors, 51 minors, and 12 pre-professional programs. With so many options to choose from, students can pursue any area of study–from subjects they have always been passionate about to subjects they’ve always wanted to explore. The opportunities at HPU are endless!

Experiential Learning

High Point University’s signature experiential learning program differs from the typical collegiate experience. Here, the world is anyone’s laboratory. Students have opportunities to study abroad, hold off-campus internships, career shadow, have independent study, conduct undergraduate research, participate in service learning, and volunteer with nonprofit agencies. These avenues reinforce what they learn in the classroom while providing resources for professional networking and the practical knowledge within their fields of study.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries x
Choral groups x
Concert band x
Dance x
Drama/theater x
International Student Organization x
Jazz band x
Literary magazine x
Marching band  
Model UN x
Music ensembles x
Musical theater x
Opera x
Pep band x
Radio station x
Student government x
Student newspaper x
Student-run film society x
Symphony orchestra x
Television station x
Yearbook x

Dedicated Faculty

The faculty at High Point University operate as a key part of the HPU family. During freshman move-in day, faculty members volunteer to unload cars and carry belongings to students’ new dorm rooms, setting the tone for the close student-teacher relationships that mold each student’s experience. As HPU grows, it continues to attract the attention of thousands of educators across both the country and the world. This influx of faculty interest has enabled HPU to be incredibly selective when hiring and, as a result, HPU faculty members are active in their fields and driven by student success.

Faculty members have previously taught at leading universities such as, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern and Stanford. There are 17 students in the average class at HPU, and professors prove themselves to be engaging mentors, eager to share their own research and scholarly interests. These professors enable practical, project-based learning within the classroom as well as opportunities for undergraduate research. They also teach a variety of Freshmen Seminar courses, ranging from “The Beatles as Poets” to “Curing Diseases in Third World Countries” and “From Babe to the Bronx: Baseball History.”

First-year Success Coaches

At the beginning of freshman year, each student is assigned a First-Year Success Coach. The coach eases students through the transition into college by providing them with academic support and advising as well as opportunities to get comfortable and connected inside and outside of the classroom.

Academic Advisors

As students progress to their sophomore year, they are connected to their academic advisor. The advisor is a professor in the student’s field of interest and works alongside the student during their undergraduate experience, or until the student’s major changes (at which point a new academic advisor is assigned.)  Students meet with their advisors multiple times throughout the semester for guidance in developing course schedules and collecting contacts for networking opportunities. Students also have access to free tutoring in all classes and 24-hour library services. Additionally, each professor has office hours throughout the week and many provide their home or cell phone numbers to students to remain accessible outside of class.

Honors Scholar Program

The Honors Scholar Program is designed to provide enhanced educational opportunities for motivated and talented students from all majors. These enhanced educational opportunities are an array of in-class and out-of-class co-curricular experiences that promote academic, personal, and professional growth. Scholars in the program have the unique opportunity to participate in small group discussions with visiting scholars, conduct independent research with top faculty, and attend national honors conferences.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts x
Computer literacy x
English (including composition) x
Foreign languages x
History x
Humanities x
Mathematics x
Philosophy x
Sciences (biological or physical) x
Social science x


Other: President’s Seminar on Life Skills, Ethics, Physical Education

Class size breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 309 409 337 97 9 7 3 1171

High Point University’s entire campus inspires students to perform at their highest levels both academically and socially. There are numerous opportunities for students to be involved, learn, and grow, reinforcing HPU’s call to action: Be Extraordinary! ®

Diverse Learning Community

HPU’s Kester International Promenade is adorned with flags supporting the school’s diversity, with students from 50 states and 37 countries. The residential communities are as diverse as the student population and even provide opportunities for honors housing and living and learning communities. All housing is new or recently renovated, with many dorms boasting high-end apartment-style living.

The campus is completely wireless, and students are able to check out complimentary iPads, Kindles or GPS units from the Campus Concierge.  Students may also schedule academic tutoring, reserve a bicycle, and receive complimentary tickets to all athletic events, concerts, speakers and films.

Guest Speakers

HPU is committed to surrounding students with an environment that motivates and inspires learning. The university regularly hosts internationally acclaimed thought leaders who interact with the student body, helping students to discover their own path to personal growth and leadership. These leaders include people like Former U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice; Broadcast News Legend and Best-selling author, Tom Brokaw; Apple Co-Founder and HPU’s first Innovator-in-Residence, Steve Wozniak; and Former First Lady Laura Bush.

Student Activities

Opportunities for student fellowship run abound at High Point University. With 79 percent of students coming from out-of-state and 93 percent living on-campus, the student body has a distinct sense of family. The Cottrell Center for Student Success, the Slane Student Center, and the R.G. Wanek Center all provide unique, first-class avenues to connect students. From the Extraordinaire Cinema, the Arcade, the 14 dining locations (includes a five-star fine-dining restaurant, Starbucks, and Jamba Juice), to the outdoor fire pits, pools, and group exercise classes, students have access to all that they need and more!


Coed dorms x
Men’s dorms x
Women’s dorms x
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students x
Special housing for disabled students x
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing x
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing x
Wellness housing x
Other housing options  

World-class employers know High Point University graduates are a stellar package deal. HPU students graduate with a solid and relevant education, and they walk across the stage at graduation with a greater sense of service and confidence. According to a recent survey of HPU graduates’ first destination activities, almost 95 percent of graduates were employed or continued on to graduate school within six months of graduation. For example, Katie Thompson, a recent graduate of HPU with a major in accounting, landed a full-time employment offer at Ernst and Young in NYC immediately following graduation. Thompson was offered the job after completing an eight week internship with the company.


Throughout their years at High Point University, students are given real-world practical learning opportunities. They develop etiquette skills and conversation tips at the 1924 Prime on-campus fine-dining restaurant. They utilize a corporate boardroom and a stock-ticker room within the Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce, and they’re given access to top-of-the-line technology throughout campus.  The Office of Career and Professional Development Services team help students secure internships and externships with companies like: Apple, NASA, Animal Planet, Seventeen Magazine, Disney, MTV, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and Merrill Lynch. The networking connections that students are exposed to during internships help lead them to full-time positions, post-graduation.


With High Point University taking such strides to practically equip students for successful futures, it is no surprise that alumni are honored in leadership positions across the world. The COO of BB&T, Bloomberg’s NYC Hedge Fund manager, the head men’s basketball coach for the University of Memphis, many government officials, the former executive producer of the NBC Today Show, several authors, a Grammy Award winner, and an Emmy Award winner all call High Point University home.


Admissions Fall 2015

10,910 Total Applicants
7,909 Total Admissions
1,362 Total Freshmen Enrollment

72.49% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? Yes

Early Decision: November 1, 2016
Early Action: November 14, 2016
Early Decision II: February 1, 2017
Regular Decision: March 14, 2017

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Rigor of secondary school record
Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

First generation
Alumni/ae relation

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 501 593
SAT Math 511 603
SAT Writing 490 593
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 22 27
ACT Math 21 26
ACT English 21 26
ACT Writing    

The following will need to be completed and sent to High Point University in order for an admissions decision to be rendered:

  1. Complete and submit your application for admission and all required supporting application forms online at highpoint.edu/apply.
  2. Ask your guidance or college counselor to send your official high school transcript to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or upload to the Common App.
  3. Ask your guidance or college counselor to complete and submit the Common App’s Counselor Report Form.
  4. Please provide one letter of recommendation from either your counselor or a teacher.


Request that the official results of the SAT or ACT be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. High Point University’s SAT code is 5293; the ACT code is 3108.


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $28,600
Fees $3,830
Total $32,430
Room and Board (on campus) $12,200
Estimated Total On Campus $44,630


Average Financial Aid Packages 2014-2015

$11,090 First year students
$2,910 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown

57% on average, the percentage of need that was met
58% of financial need students that had need fully met

$2,910 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$5,091 Average need-based loan


The Presidential Scholarship Program supports several levels of fellowships and scholarships, including the following:

Presidential Fellowships: Presidential Fellowships ($9,000 – $20,000) are awarded annually to qualified freshmen. Because the Presidential Fellowship is renewable, provided the recipient maintains a predetermined grade-point average at HPU, the total value of the Presidential Fellowship is $36,000 to $80,000. In addition to the Presidential Fellowship, recipients receive a $1,000 stipend to be used toward a May-term study abroad program. The average SAT score of past Presidential Fellowship recipients is 1326 (critical reading & math sections). The average ACT score of past Presidential Fellowship recipients is 29 (composite score). The average GPA of past recipients is 3.9 (unweighted), and these students graduated in the top 10% of their class. These are not the only factors that determine scholarship awards and the quality of each year’s scholarship applicant pool may change these averages.

High Point Fellowships: High Point Fellowships ($5,000 – $9,000) are awarded annually to qualified freshmen. Because the High Point Fellowship is renewable, provided the recipient maintains a predetermined grade-point average at HPU, the total value of the High Point Fellowship is $20,000 to $36,000. In addition to the High Point Fellowship, recipients will receive a $500 stipend to be used toward a May-term study abroad program. The average SAT score of past High Point Fellowship recipients is 1185 (critical reading & math sections). The average ACT score of past High Point Fellowship recipients is 26 (composite score). The average GPA of past recipients is 3.56 (unweighted).

High Point Scholarships: High Point Scholarships ($2,000-$5,000) are awarded annually to qualified freshmen. Because the High Point Scholarship is renewable, provided the recipient maintains a predetermined grade-point average at HPU, the total value of the High Point Scholarship is $8,000- $20,000. In addition to the High Point Scholarship, recipients will receive a $500 stipend to be used toward a May-term study abroad program. The average SAT score of past High Point Scholarship recipients is 1100 (critical reading & math sections). The average ACT score of past High Point Scholarship recipients is 23-24 (composite score). The average GPA of past recipients is 3.25 (unweighted).

Your High Point University Undergraduate Admissions Application serves as your Presidential Scholarship Application – there is no separate application that you need to submit in order to be considered for the Presidential Scholarship Program. Please know that students who apply Early Decision or Early Action will be given priority consideration for scholarships.

*HPU offers athletic, music, theatre, Methodist Youth, Boy Scout Eagle Award, Girl Scout Gold Award and ROTC scholarships. High Point offers need based assistance for those who qualify and who file the FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov) in the form of state, federal and HPU grants as well as Federal Work Study and student loans. FAFSA/Title IV School code: 002933

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