High Point University

High Point, NC

High Point University

High Point, NC

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At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.®

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

HPU knows a thing or two about transformation after radically transforming the campus and culture under the leadership of President Nido R. Qubein, who became the seventh president of this 94-year-old institution in 2005.

That’s why HPU leaders commit to preparing students for the world as it’s going to be, not as it is. The promise HPU makes to each student and their family serves as a clear road map for faculty and staff to achieve that mission.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. In addition to expert faculty who’ve been drawn from institutions like Duke, Harvard, Stanford, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, and many other impressive universities, HPU has also attracted global leaders and industry giants to mentor students as part of its unique “In Residence” program designed to foster life skills and leadership development. Examples include:

• Steve Wozniak, cofounder of Apple and current Innovator in Residence

• Marc Randolph, cofounder of Netflix and current Entrepreneur in Residence

• Karen Jacobsen, “The GPS Girl,” voice of Australian Siri, and current Global Artist in Residence

• Joe Michaels, 20-year veteran director of NBC’s Today show and current Broadcaster in Residence

• Cynt Marshall, Dallas Mavericks CEO and current Sports Executive in Residence

• Scott McKain, corporate consultant, author, speaker, and current Corporate Educator in Residence

• Byron Pitts, journalist, co-anchor of ABC’s Nightline, and current Journalist in Residence

By focusing holistically on students’ transformational educational journeys, HPU attracts students from all 50 states and 37 countries. Since 2005, President Qubein has led a $2 billion investment in academic programs (six new academic schools have been added) and student life facilities. New buildings include two student centers; 10 residential communities; a lacrosse/soccer stadium; a Division I athletics complex; and a 4,500-seat basketball arena, conference center, and hotel that are currently under construction.

Innovative educational initiatives like the President’s Seminar on Life Skills, a required course for all entering freshmen, ensure 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 and 64 minors, HPU offers a broad spectrum of academic coursework, all complemented by experiential learning programs that include internships, undergraduate research, global education, and service learning. The approach to life preparation is perhaps best showcased by the 97% placement rate for graduates employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation from HPU.

Beyond academic excellence, High Point also focuses on values. President Qubein often remarks that HPU is a God, family, and country school. While all backgrounds are welcome and celebrated on this inclusive campus, HPU appreciates and promotes the values of hard work, service, patriotism, private enterprise, joy, and generosity, among others. 

Each year, HPU hosts 1,000 local military veterans to express gratitude for their service to our nation. In December, HPU welcomes more than 20,000 visitors to campus for a two-night Community Christmas event, complete with a life-size Nativity, falling snow, and Santa, who offers a gift to each child. The entire event is complimentary.

HPU’s culture can be summed up in a quote from Roy Disney that’s inscribed on the International Campus Promenade: “When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.”

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



Enrollment: 5,400 students; 4,600 traditional undergraduates

Location: High Point, North Carolina; the cities of High Point, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem form the Piedmont Triad.

Access: The Piedmont Triad International Airport is 20 minutes from campus. The Raleigh-Durham International Airport and the Charlotte Douglas International Airport are just over an hour from campus.

Diversity: The current student body represents all 50 states and 37 countries; 82% of students are from out of state.

Ratios: The typical class has 17 students, and the student-faculty ratio is 15:1.

Intercollegiate Athletics: The High Point University Panthers compete in NCAA Division I athletics in the Big South Conference. HPU sponsors 16 intercollegiate sports and 34 club sports.

Men’s teams: Baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, and track & field

Women’s teams: Basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, track & field, and volleyball

Club Sports: Men’s ballroom dancing, baseball, basketball, bass fishing, Brazilian jiujitsu, golf, ice hockey, IHSA equestrian, lacrosse, paintball, powerlifting, rowing, running, soccer, swimming, tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, and volleyball; women’s ballroom dancing, basketball, Brazilian jiujitsu, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, IHSA equestrian, lacrosse, paintball, powerlifting, rowing, running, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, and volleyball

Study Abroad: Semester-long, month-long, and summer programs are available in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Fiji, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Involvement: More than 150+ clubs and activities, including choral groups, band, fraternities and sororities, professional organizations for majors, publications, a radio station, religious organizations, service organizations, student government, and special-interest groups (multicultural, political, etc.)

Educational Investment: Tuition and fees—$37,360; room and dining plan—$15,144 (standard double; additional costs for single/private room)

Scholarships: Presidential and High Point Fellows Scholarships are awarded annually to qualified freshmen. Scholarships range from $2,000 to full tuition.

Course of Study

David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences
• Actuarial Science
• Criminal Justice
• Dance
• English
• French
• History
• Human Relations
• International Relations
• Mathematical Economics
• Mathematics
• Music
- Instrumental Studies
- Piano/Organ
- Voice
• Nonprofit Leadership and Management
• Philosophy
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Religion
• Sociology and Anthropology
• Spanish
• Theatre
- Collaborative Theatre
- Dramatic Writing
- Performance Theatre
- Technical Theatre

School of Art and Design
• Design Studies (with concentration in Graphic Design)
• Fashion Merchandising
• Interior Design
• Studio Art
• Visual Merchandising Design

Wanek School of Natural Sciences
• Biochemistry
• Biology
- Cellular/Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
- Health Science
- Organismal and Evolutionary
• Chemistry
• Neuroscience
• Physics
• Pre-nursing
• Pre-pharmacy

Webb School of Engineering
• Computer Engineering
• Computer Science
- Cybersecurity
• Electrical Engineering 

Earl N. Phillips School of Business
• Accounting
• Business Administration
• Entrepreneurship
• Finance
• International Business
• Marketing
• Sales 

Nido R. Qubein School of Communication
• Event Management
• Game and Interactive Media Design
• Journalism
• Media Entrepreneurship and Production
• Popular Culture Studies
• Sport Communication
• Sport Management
• Strategic Communication

Congdon School of Health Sciences
• Athletic Training
• Exercise Science
- Biomechanics
- Exercise Physiology
- Health and Wellness

Stout School of Education
• Elementary Education
• Health and Physical Education
• Middle Grades Education
• Secondary Education (9-12 licensure)
- Biology
- Comprehensive Science
- English
- History
- Mathematics
• Special Education
• Special Subjects (K-12 licensure)
- Spanish

Norcross Graduate School
• Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)
• Doctor of Pharmacy
• Doctor of Physical Therapy (MA)
• Educational Administration (add-on license)
• Educational Leadership (MEd)
• Elementary Education (MEd)
• History (MA)
• Master of Athletic Training (MSAT)
• Master of Business Administration (MBA)
• Master of Physician Assistant Studies
• Secondary Mathematics (MEd)
• Special Education (MEd)
• Strategic Communication (MA)
• Teaching Elementary Education, K-6 (MAT)
• Teaching Secondary Mathematics, 9-12 (MAT)

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