From the School

High Point University is The Premier Life Skills University® working to transform the lives of its students.

Innovative educational initiatives like the President's Seminar on Life Skills, a required course for all freshmen, ensures students grow not only in specific academic areas of expertise, but also develop competencies in communication, networking, coachability, fiscal literacy and service. These are among the traits HPU refers to as "life skills," which employers rank as the most critical skills necessary to succeed in the modern workplace.

With 60 majors, 63 minors and 14 graduate degree programs, HPU offers a broad spectrum of academic coursework, all complemented by experiential learning programs that include internships, undergraduate research, global education and service learning. Their approach to life preparation is perhaps best showcased by their 97% placement rate of graduates employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduating from HPU.

In addition to expert faculty who have been attracted from places like Duke University, Harvard University, Stanford University, Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University and many other impressive institutions, HPU has also attracted global leaders and industry giants to mentor students as part of a unique "In Residence" program designed to foster life skills and leadership development. Examples include:

  • Steve Wozniak, Apple Co-founder and HPU's Innovator in Residence
  • Marc Randolph, Netflix Co-founder and HPU's Entrepreneur in Residence
  • Cynt Marshall, Dallas Mavericks CEO and HPU's Sports Executive in Residence
  • Karen Jacobsen, The "GPS Girl," voice of Australian Siri and HPU's Global Artist in Residence
  • Joe Michaels, 20-year Veteran Director of NBC's TODAY Show and HPU's Broadcaster in Residence
  • Byron Pitts, Journalist and Co-anchor of ABC's "Nightline" and HPU's Journalist in Residence
  • Bob Ryan, Famed Sports Columnist for The Boston Globe and HPU's Sports Reporter in Residence
  • Mark Sanborn, President of Sanborn & Associates, Inc., Leadership Development Idea Lab and HPU's Leadership Expert in Residence

By focusing holistically on the student's transformational education journey, HPU attracts students from all 50 states and nearly 40 countries. Since 2005, HPU has transformed its campus and culture under the leadership of President Nido R. Qubein. HPU has completed a $2 billion investment in academic programs (six new academic schools added), student life facilities (including two student centers), 10 new residential communities, and a $250 million Innovation Corridor. This fall, a 4,500-seat basketball arena and conference center will open.

High Point University is a values-based institution that believes each member of its faculty and staff has the power to enhance the lives of the students entrusted to their care. Their call to action is simple and profound: Choose to be extraordinary! And they live by it every day.

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Overview

Applicants
11,298
Acceptance Rate
75%
Average HS GPA
3.30

GPA Breakdown

18%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
21%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 630
ACT Composite Scores
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Decision II — February 1

Early Action — November 15

Regular — March 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
460
with Terminal Degree
318

233
Women
227
Men
59
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
59%
Graduate in 5 years
64%
Graduate in 6 years
65%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Actuarial Science.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies.
  • Fashion Merchandising.
  • Finance, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Meeting and Event Planning.
  • Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management.
  • Organizational Behavior Studies.
  • Selling Skills and Sales Operations.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication, General.
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia.
  • Journalism.
  • Sports Communication.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematical Statistics and Probability.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology and Anthropology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production.
  • Dance, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Game and Interactive Media Design.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Interior Design.
  • Music, General.


Students Say

North Carolina’s High Point University is a private liberal arts college with an emphasis on professional development. “It is designed for a student to be able to work, live, and thrive as if they were in an actual urban city,” which means that the academic experience is geared toward providing a ton of experience. From the moment students first set foot on campus, they can take advantage of opportunities such as job shadowing, an entrepreneurship center, and learning labs that teach intangibles like business dining etiquette. The university president even leads a life skills seminar for first-years, while the faculty offer “various workshops and discussions ... about different topics that affect the world today.” Students find life skills such as “knowing how to dress and present while being mobile” to be of great help in the job search, and the Entrepreneur Center sparks connections thanks to “biannual pitch competitions, the ability to be connected with start-ups in the area, and two dedicated entrepreneur professors that spend most of their time meeting with students and brainstorming ideas.”

The professors are carefully selected for their “great industry knowledge” and the passion they bring for helping the next generation. Small class sizes ensure that they can focus on caring “for their students’ well-being,” especially important given the “very rigorous courses,” and forming “more personal relationships.” Beyond the accessibility of the staff, the president included, High Point University also “has innovation in their DNA, and is always looking for the best ways to teach students outside of the classroom.” Thanks to them, at least according to one student, “my world has become a much bigger and brighter place.”


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Taylor Milne
2008 Olympian in 1500 meter track/field

Richard Culler
Major Leage Baseball (1936, 1943-49)

Joe Forte
NBA Referee/Head of Big South Conference Officials

Roger Watson
Former PGA National Club Champion/NC Sports Hall of Fame

Gene Littles
NBA Head Coach

Tom Gamble
NFL Director of Player Personnel

Harold Gardner
CEO Gardner Foods/Invented Texas Pete

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
59%
Graduate in 5 years
64%
Graduate in 6 years
65%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Overview

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$16,662

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$14,388

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,236

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
47%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$34,079

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$15,060

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$33,358
Required Fees
$4,722
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,500

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,500
Transportation for Commuters
$1,500

On-Campus Room and Board
$15,438
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,591
Foreign Countries Represented
30

Demographics

1.67%
Asian
5.00%
African-American
6.07%
Hispanic
77.57%
Caucasian
2.50%
Unknown
1.84%
International

57% female
43% male
74% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Students Say

Nearly four-fifths of students come from out-of-state, and these “open-minded, creative students [are] able to think of possible solutions to solve current problems of our generations.” HPU students are “friendly and helpful” and most “hold multiple leadership positions in organizations across campus.” Whether you’re actively involved or just contemplating joining a group, “the atmosphere here is encouraging,” and enrollees “all work together to help inspire each other every day.” Some of that, surely, is the result of the common bond students share with the career-focused attitudes, the way in which “many take advantage of the career and professional development opportunities on campus.” But according to students, it seems to be true for all walks of life. If you look, you’re likely to “find a group of people that like doing the same things you do.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
95%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Students confess that “Life at school is busy for most ... but in the best way.” Beyond the coursework, there’s a lot to do, whether that’s “socializing on campus dining areas and being involved in different types of clubs” or “soaking up all the social events the campus has to offer.” There’s a lot of open-to-all academic opportunity as well, like the way that “the school of business holds a wonderful speaker series throughout the whole year” or how the new planetarium “offers free showings to anyone on campus every Friday.” For those looking to get away from it all, “cities like Asheville, Raleigh, and Charlotte aren’t far at all.” And of course, for those wanting to stay local, there are plenty of popular outdoor activities: “When the weather is nice outside there are always people playing beach volleyball or spike ball” and “there are a lot of hiking areas nearby.”

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Rebecca Berger

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
139
Number of Honor Societies
23

Number of Social Sororities
10
Number of Religious Organizations
6

7% join a fraternity
25% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

9% participate in intramural sports
7% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Panthers)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Panthers)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: North Carolina A & T
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: North Carolina A & T

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple, Microsoft

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Morgan Peake
Director of Events and Campus Visits

Address
Office of Admissions
One University Parkway
High Point, NC 27268

Phone
(800) 345-6993

Email
admiss@highpoint.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Wanek University Center
Slane Student Center
Cottrell Hall- Flanagan Center for Student Success
Hayworth Fine Arts Center
Smith Library


Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
7 days a week
M-F 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Sat & Sun-differs
(800) 345-6993

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon. - Fri. 9am-3pm, Sat. 10am-2pm, Sun. 1pm-3pm
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Saturdays and Sundays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://www.highpoint.edu/admissions/visits/

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation


Driving Instructions to Campus
From the North: Travel south on I-85. Option 1: At Greensboro, when I-85 South and I-40 West split, take I-85 South. Shortly thereafter, take Business 85 (Green Shield). Exit at Highway 311 bypass. Exit the bypass at Eastchester Drive (Highway 68 South). Follow directions From the airport below. Option 2: At Greensboro, when I-85 South and I-40 West split, take I-40 West. When you see the airport signs, take Highway 68 South. Follow directions From the airport below. From the North: Follow I-77 South to Fancy Gap, Va. Follow markers to 52 South. Take 52 South to Winston-Salem. Take I-40 East to Highway 311 South (Exit 196). At High Point, take the South High Point exit (311/Main Street). Turn left onto Hartley Drive (at Wal-Mart/Chick-fil-a). Hartley Drive becomes University Parkway at Oak Hollow Mall. Continue on College Drive and turn right onto Montlieu Avenue, where you will find our main entrance into campus. From the Piedmont Triad/Greensboro-High Point Airport: Take 68 South to Oak Hollow Mall in High Point. At the mall, turn left onto University Parkway. Make third right onto Montlieu Ave. From the South: Travel north on I-85. Near Lexington, take Business 85 North (Green Shield); When Business 85 North and Highway 52 split, remain on Business 85. Exit at Highway 311 North (Main Street). Turn right onto University Parkway. Turn left onto Montlieu Avenue. See parking below. From the West: Travel east on I-40 past Winston-Salem to Highway 311 South (Exit 196). At High Point, take South High Point exit (311/Main Street). Turn left onto Hartley Drive (at Wal-mart/Chick-fil-a). Hartley Drive becomes University Parkway at Oak Hollow Mall (as you cross over Eastchester Drive). Continue and take third right onto Montlieu Avenue. See parking below. From the East: Option 1: Take I-40 West. At Greensboro, follow directions From the North [Option 1 or Option 2]. By Rail: Amtrak serves High Point. Connections may be arranged through Washington, DC or Atlanta, GA. PARKING: Security Officers at the Welcome Center will direct you to visitor parking.

Local Accommodations
Marriot Courtyard, J.H. Adams Inn, Pandora's Manor, Hampton Inn-Greensboro Airport, Grandover Resort


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