Location: High Point, North Carolina
Size: 4,000 undergraduate students
Percent women: 60%
Tution (one year): $31,480
Room and Dining Plan: $11,480
Most Popular majors: Communications, Business, Criminal Justice, Education, Interior Design
Greek life: Yes
Acceptance rate: 62%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit High Point University’s website at www.highpoint.edu/admissions
Why Choose High Point?
"I chose High Point University because I fell in love with the school when I came for the college tour. Choosing HPU was the best decision of my life and i'm so glad I decided to spend four years of my life here. It's such a beautiful school with so many great amenities. All the people here (including staff and students) are always in a good mood and smiling. I feel blessed to call High Point University home."
"High Point University offers great amenities and an education for my major. All my classes offer the best learning environment, with only a few students so the teacher actually knows me by name. If I'm falling behind in class, there are free tutors in Smith library to help me catch up! High Point University was the right choice."
"High Point University has been featured in critique blogs and the news a lot lately and it's no wonder why: we're an extroadinary university. We all love our president, Nido Quebein, for making our school what it is. A beautiful environment filled with caring people where I can recieve a high education and follow my dreams. High Point University motivates me to acheive my goals."
"I came to High Point University on a tour during my Junior year of high school. I remember touring certain places throughout the school that are now my favorite places to study or eat with friends. HPU really has become my home. I am proud of where I go to school and I think I speak for everyone when I say, we never want to leave!"
"Choosing High Point is choosing the best four year of your life. The next four years at HPU will be an extroadinary journey supported by family, friends, and staff. You will discover more about yourself in a happy, healthy, safe environment. You will also be able to explore your intrests and be given the tools to learn more. I am so thankful I get to call myself a High Point Panther."
"I am extremely grateful for how much High Point University spoils us students. We recieve tons of free amentities while already attending an extroadinary school. Some free amenities we recieve as a High Point student are attendance to our own on-school movie theater with free snacks and drinks, an arcade packed with cool games like fruit ninja and pacman, an ice cream truck that goes around campus on hot days, and snacks in the morning at kiosks before you go to class."
"People always say that the food in college stinks, but that isn't the case here at HPU! We are offered a variety of awesome dining choices. From a Panera-like bakery to a free steakhouse that serves a four-course meal, students are given many choices for what to eat at High Point."
"We are always made to feel comfortable at High Point Univeristy. Students are the the staff's top priority and they always go above-and-beyond to make us feel at home. We have an a+ security team so we always feel safe around campus and our very own Campus Conceirge to attend to any needs we may have."
"My favorite feature at High Point University is the environment. The staff does an extroadinary job in keeping the campus clean and looking beautiful. We are surrounded by beautiful trees, buildings, and sculptures. During holidays, the staff decorates the buildings and I can't help but stop and take pictures -I always brag about what a gorgeous place I live in!"
"As a junior, I haven't taken one class yet that i've disliked. High Point University offers enriching and compelling classes. The professors care about their students and use creative tactics (instead of just lecturing) to teach. Students take pride in their educations and know they are attending a great instuition."
“Even though High Point University is pretty close to perfect, of course it could be improved in some ways. I personally wish we had a better “college town”. There isn’t much for students to do in the city of High Point. When looking for something to do, students usually go to Greensboro to hang out.”
“As a chemistry major, I am always in the Congdon building. Most buildings have been improved and have state-of-the-art facilities, however Congdon needs to be updated.”
“I wish we had more diversity on campus. In the last three years that I’ve been here I’ve seen some change but I’d like to see more. We should expand our marketing audiences.”
“I think every student agrees that we need a football team! ”
“HPU is a small school and at times, I wish I had gone to a bigger school but it’s just the students preference. Some students like seeing the same people everyday while others don’t. We are expanding though and accepting more and more students every year.”
New Collegiette On Campus
“Being a freshman at any college can be an incredibly daunting experience, but High Point University has great resources for new freshmen to get adjusted to classes, make friends, and just get acclimated to the school in general.”
“One great resource HPU has the for freshman is the Peer Mentor program, each freshman is assigned a mentor that’s a sophomore, junior, or senior. The peer mentor contacts the freshman over the summer and when school starts, there are a few peer mentor-led events in which freshmen can meet fellow freshmen in their group and get to know older students.”
“High Point’s welcome week offers a lot of opportunities for freshmen to meet new people, like a luau the first night, activities fair, and fun events like a hypnotist show.”
“The Freshmen Success Program helped me a lot. Each freshman is assigned a Success Coach that acts as their advisor for their first year of college and helps them learn about their major and register for classes. The Success Coaches can be really useful mentors to help freshmen get used to college.”
“The most important thing for new collegiettes on campus is getting involved in on-campus activities. Greek Life rushing isn’t until the spring, but there are so many things freshmen can get involved in first semester. There are tons of clubs and sports teams that students can join where they can discover their interests and make new friends.”
All About Academics
“I’m a communications major and it is a pretty popular major here at High Point University. I love being in the Electronic Media track. HPU offers a wide range of tools to help me learn more about my field and become educated.”
“The workload depends for each person. Some people will find it hard while others won’t. You just need to stay on track of your work and make sure to ask for help if you need it! HPU Professors are always willing to help their students succeed.”
“Each student will have an advisor for all four years of college. Your advisor will help you make important decisions and keep you on track to graduation. I absolutely love my advisor and have had a great time working with her throughout my time here.”
“I’ve had times were course registration has been hard and times were it has been easy. I always get the classes I need and my schedule works out for the best with the help of my advisor. I also always really enjoy the classes I take. Professors at High Point tend to make learning fun and deviate away from lecturing.”
“You can find me in the library because I actually enjoy being there. My favorite places to study are 3rd floor Smith, Wanek Center, and The Bakery.”
Learn from the Best
“I’m a senior and I have enjoyed learning from every single professor I have had. However, my favorite professor has to be Dr. Judy Isasksen. She offers a variety of cool, interesting classes.”
“Our president, Nido Qubein, actually teaches a class. His class IS a seminar, but everyone has to take it as a freshman and it ends up being your favorite. We learn numerous life lessons and business strategies from Dr. Qubein during freshman seminar. If that’s not learning from the best, I don’t know what it is!”
“We learn from the best at High Point University. All the professors are teaching subjects they are passionate about and it really shows through their lessons. Professors are hand-on and want their students to excel. I feel I receive an extraordinary education at High Point University.”
“Professors are always willing to help students. Classes are small so students and professors tend to form a relationship in which they know each other and work together. Professors are available during office hours and happy to answer any questions students may have.”
“The type of professors at High Point University range. Some professors can be weird and quirky while others are very conservative. We even have one professor who lives with his family in an on-campus dorm (they’re that nice)! All the professors are great and really make our High Point family, home.
Interests & Involvement
“I am a part of Campus Chronicle (the school’s newspaper), Campus Activities Team, a peer mentor, the Swim Team, and a sorority. I love being involved at HPU! It helps me stay busy and I’ve met all my friends through various activities. A lot of students participate in extracurriculars.”
“In the start of each semester an Activities Fair is held in the Slane gym, where booths are set up for each activity on campus. At the Activities Fair students can learn more about certain things they want to join and sign up on an email list.”
“Greek life is super popular at High Point University and definitely a great way to get involved.”
“You can even start your own club at High Point. All you have to do is contact SGA and be approved. There are tons of great activities at HPU and it’s awesome to add another!”
“When I was a freshman I was really nervous about meeting people. By joining clubs and other activities, I’ve met some of my best friends. I really feel like I have my own place on campus now and am proud of m involvement.”
“I would say that the two most popular sports at High Point University are men’s soccer and men’s basketball. It’s always a blast to go to their games and tons of students show up to cheer them on!”
“HPU does offer intermural and club sports if you aren’t on an actual team. Students love to come and watch intermural and club games. I enjoy the intermural fall flag football games. Most of the organizations on campus put together a team and enjoy getting into the competitive spirit. We make a good time with everything at HPU.”
“I love my HPU teammates. I’m a part of the High Point University family but the volleyball team is its own little family. Coming to college as an athlete gave me an advantage to meeting friends and the University went above and beyond to make sure I was happy. They have great services for athletes including the extraordinary athletic training center with state-of-the-art technology. The Vert Stadium was also just rebuilt and is now better than ever!”
“Ever student loves High Point University and we take great pride in being a student here. We love to brag about our great school and cheer on the sport teams we have. I’m proud to be a panther!”
“During the summer months, the baseball games are a lot of fun to go to. They’re very relaxing and the stadium is beautiful. I like to bring a bunch of friends and sit on a picnic blanket by the field. HPU also has a program called the “Panther Section” which gives students better seats to the games and other special perks.”
“I am proud to be a strong and independent woman at High Point University. I feel like I’m very involved in the University and well respected at my school. We are given lots of opportunities from HPU to advance in the work place and treated as an important of the community.”
“The women’s and gender studies program at High Point University is gaining popularity. We have some great professors in charge of the program who offer classes they are passionate about and interest students. The W.A.G.E Leadership program just started at High Point University in which students can earn their leadership certificate. The program emphasizes the importance of equality in gender for successful leadership roles.”
“The female population at High Point University is a bit larger than male however it’s not that noticeable. I’ve never had a problem with it and it hasn’t effected my college experience in any way.”
“Greek life is a large community at High Point University, so a lot of girls join sororities their freshman year. The sororities at High Point are great representations of women at our school. HPU girls are intellectual, hard-working, caring women and although sororities may be seen as a big deal for the girls at High Point, a girl does not have to be in one to fit in or excel in college. Whatever she chooses is accepted at High Point!”
“Girls wear whatever they want to wear. If you feel like dressing up, dress up! If you feel like wearing sweats, do that. Most students like to look their best because they’re always feeling their best but there is no certain one-way that women dress on campus. We have all different styles at High Point.”
“I’ve always felt safe as a women on campus. I’ve never been in a situation were a guy has made me feel comfortable but I know the University would take action if I was. Security is tight here on campus and HPU has recently started promoting a safety app for girls (and guys) to use if ever they feel like they are in danger.”
Food & Drink
“One of the best parts of High Point University is the dining options. There are several dining locations conveniently placed around campus, each offering different cuisine. You’ll never go hungry at HPU!
“HPU’s meal plan is separated into two main meals: normal meals and “Magic Meals.” Normal meals are the options on campus that are all you can eat, and resemble more traditional college dining options. Magic Meals can be used at the dining locations that are not all you can eat, but are usually HPU students’ favorite places to eat on campus.
- Subway: One out of the three chain restaurants we have on campus. Subway offers subs, soup, and pizza. One magic meal swipe will get you a six inch sub, one side, and a drink.
- Chick-fil-A: Chick-fil-A is one of the fastest places to eat on campus; great for when you’re on the go. Fries, milkshakes, salads, chicken nuggets, chicken strips, and the classic chicken sandwich are offered at this location.
- Starbucks: HPU has two Starbucks on campus, each offering the same menu items you would find at a Starbucks off campus.
- 1924 Prime: 1924 Prime is the five-star steakhouse located on HPU. Students are able to eat here once a week. Reservations are needed, and each student receives an appetizer, main entrée, and dessert. 1924 Prime also offers a different culture menu every month, along with the year round options.
- The Great Day Bakery: This is HPU’s equivalent of Panera. The Great Day Bakery offers a range of Panini, sandwich, salad, and soup options. They also have amazing dessert.
- The Point: The Point is the sports bar on campus. The menu ranges from sandwiches, chicken wings, burgers, and other typical sports bar food. The Point also has an arcade beneath it, and a huge TV that is always playing ESPN.
- The Café: This is the most traditional dining location at HPU. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and the menu changes daily, but there are always several options to choose from.
- The Farmer’s Market: The Farmer’s Market is a favorite on campus for its healthy options. It offers soups, a salad bar, a different sandwich every day, and frozen yogurt. All the ingredients used at The Farmer’s Market are organic and locally grown.
- The Grill: The Grill has a variety of food choices. You can order pizza, sandwiches, wraps, burgers, salads, drink a Jamba Juice smoothie, or eat yogurt from the Chobani bar. The Grill is located off the main campus, in the Village.
- The Silver Line Diner: The Silver Line Diner is located in North College, and serves breakfast all day long. You can order eggs, hash browns, bacon, etc. It also offers different wraps, salads, and sandwiches.”
“I was nervous about eating away from home when I first came to college but High Point’s food is delicious and you have so many choices. Sometimes it’s hard to believe it’s “college food” because they put so much effort into making it good.”
“All the food options at HPU are great and I make sure to go to every one. Some of my favorite places though are The Bakery, The Grille and of course, Prime.”
“Even though there’s so many food options on campus, students do go to off campus places too! Some of the best off campus dining to check out are Carolina Diner, Cook-out and El Rio. Most dorms also come with kitchens so students are able to prepare food when they’re hungry.”
“There aren’t too many commuters at High Point so the majority of students stay at school on the weekends. There are plenty of things to do on the weekends during the day and night. For those who choose to party, we have a great social scene and for those who just enjoy staying in or other activities, we have stuff for that too! There is no pressure to drink to have fun."
"I occasionally like to go on a Friday or Saturday night trip with the Campus Activities Team. They like to take trips to the movies, Trampoline Park, bowling, etc. and it’s free!”
“Our party motto: The HIGH POINT of your party is the low point in ours! Our security is very relaxed when it comes to parties as long as it’s under control and no one is getting hurt. Parties can be found all over campus on Friday and Saturday nights. There is usually something always going on in Greek Village and Centennial. Freshman typically like to stay in their dorms to party.”
“We are not seen as a party school and it’s not necessary to go out to have fun. High Point students do know how to have fun though and we enjoy the weekend. Students love to go to La Hacienda, After Hours, and BBJs to have a good time. We mostly party on campus though because we don’t have a large college town.”
“The social scene at High Point is not inclusive. You just have to be open to meeting new people when socializing! Everyone is really friendly and it’s easy to strike up a conversation.”
“High Point University is especially known for is its dorms. High Point has some of the most beautiful college dorms. The rooms, lounges, and even bathrooms are in exquisite condition. Students can chose to live in Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, Tier 4, or Tier 5 housing. Tier 1 is included in the overall tuition of the school, and as you increase in tiers you are charged more money for your housing.”
“Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the housing options at HPU:
For freshmen, the most popular residence halls are:
-Belk Hall (suites containing 4 bedrooms, a living room, and a bathroom)
-The Women’s Complex: Wesley, Yadkin, McEwen, and North (2 girls per room with hall bathrooms)
-Finch Hall (all boys dorm with 2 boys per room and a bathroom shared with another 2 boys)
-Blessing (apartment style with a living room, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, and 4 single bedrooms)
-University Center 2 (bedroom for 2 students per room with a kitchenette and a bathroom shared with another room)
Some of the most popular upperclassmen housing are:
-Wilson (3 bedrooms that room 2 students each, a living room, private bathroom, and a kitchen)
-Point Place Apartments (there are 3 of these apartments on campus which contain bedrooms, kitchen, and bathrooms according to which one you’re living in)
-Centennial Square (townhomes located at the back of campus in their own little area that contain private bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, and large living room)
-Greek Village (strictly houses students involved in Greek life of course, but there are 12 houses for each of the sororities and fraternities that contain bedrooms, kitchen, laundry room, bathrooms, offices, and living room)”
“High Point also offers 3 “off-campus campus housing” opportunities known as the Aldridge Village, University Village, and North College.
Aldridge Village contains apartment-style dorms, University Village has townhomes, and North College has apartments, a residential dorm building, and townhomes. These are convenient for upperclassmen who want to get the experience of “living off campus” while still being close to campus.”
“Each residential building contains a lounge, sometimes several according to how large the building is, as well as laundry facilities.”
“All dorms are safe for students and fenced in with security guards at each opening. However as an upper classmen, you can choose to live off-campus and rent an apartment on your own somewhere in High Point. All underclassmen and Juniors are required to live on campus. Even as a Senior, most students live on campus because housing is so nice.”
Exploring High Point
'“The town of High Point isn’t really a college town. There are some things to do around High Point and fun places to go but students usually drive to Greensboro for something to do. Downtown High Point is mostly furniture stores and banks but there are some great restaurants around, like Giannos, La Hacienda, and Liberty! Students also love going to Penny Path and Barberitos.”
“There isn’t much in walking distance. Yet, we do have a shopping center right across the street from main campus. However, I wouldn’t suggest walking alone or at night. In the shopping center, there’s a grocery store, some clothing stores, and a salon. On nice days, I enjoy riding my bike over.”
“There are plenty of jobs in High Point that students can apply for. High Point is a big furniture town and holds furniture markets every semester which they hire tons of kids. Students can also find internships in Greensboro which isn’t that far away.”
“Students mostly stay on campus because there isn’t much to do around town. However, those who have their cars love to explore and can find tons of fun stuff to do. There’s enough to do on campus though.”
“The University has a complicated relationship with the town of High Point. Some natives love the University for bringing business back to High Point while others think students are a nuisance. People from the town love to come to University games though and kids enjoys supporting small town stores.”
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