There is nothing typical about High Point University’s campus! Ok, there are beautiful, imposing brick buildings adorned with white pillars. But, inside these buildings marble flooring, crystal chandeliers, oriental rugs and elegant furniture add a sense of refinement. Classical music is piped in along the grand walkway and fountains, outdoor-swimming pools and bronze statues depicting “great minds in history” embellish the pristine campus. As we toured High Point University, the forty other counselors and I collectively needed to remind ourselves that we were not at a five-star resort, but rather on a college campus in North Carolina.
The campus scape was carefully planned to create an environment that, “invites learning and creates a yes I can attitude,” said High Point University President Nido Qubein. The charismatic leader came to higher education from a highly successful business career. Qubein and the university have strategically created an environment that they believe, “enables learning and for students to do their best.” This university president is personally involved in each student’s education at HPU. Every freshman is required to take his seminar on life skills course, and this year over 300 seniors took his new senior seminar class.
HPU requires its 4,400 undergraduate students to fulfill liberal arts core requirements, and all students are encouraged to engage in experiential learning outside the classroom. Top majors here are business, communications, psychology, interior design and exercise science. Pre-health and pre-pharmacy programs are strong. High Point is building a new science center and health science building, which will house undergraduate athletic training and graduate programs in pharmacy, physical therapy and physician assistant programs. I toured the temporary Human Biomechanics & Physiology Laboratories facilities, which is furnished with state-of-the art technology and equipment. It’s not surprising that HPU offers a strong interior design major, since High Point, NC is the furniture capital of the world.
The university is dedicated to helping its students master the life skills necessary to interact in professional environments. President Qubein emphasizes this in his seminar course, and students practice these skills in real-life settings such as in the on-campus five-star steak house. Students are able to eat once a week at the steak house as part of their meal plan. They must make a reservation, dress for success, and use proper dinner etiquette. Mentors advise students during their dining experience. I was fortunate to dine there during my campus visit. Yum!
Freshmen are required to live on campus and the dorms are gorgeous. Upperclassmen live in suite style dorms or apartment style housing. All suite style housing has a common room and kitchen. Many dorms have small gyms and large, plush social spaces. Approximately eighty-percent of HPU seniors elect to live on campus. All students may have cars on campus.
HPU knows that student engagement with peers and faculty helps increase student happiness, success and university retention rates. Each student is paired with a “mentor for success,” whose job is to advise students, rather than teach in the classroom.
Students are active socially on and off campus. Greek life is popular, with nearly forty percent joining the seven fraternities and seven sororities. Students utilize one of the seven gyms on campus. Division I sporting events are well attended. Students take advantage of HPU’s central NC location. Winston Salem and Greensboro are close by and the mountains and beaches are less than three hours away.
Admissions and Financial Aid
Students can apply EA, ED or RD. HPU values students who are leaders in high school. SAT/ACT are required for admissions. Demonstrated interest is very important. All applicants are reviewed for the highly selective honors program; 100 students enrolled each year. HPU offers merit aid to eligible students.
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