Admissions Questions Frequently Asked by Prospective Students
Questions Frequently Asked by Prospective Students
Hello prospective students and future members of the High Point University family! I’m Claudia, Admissions Marketing Coordinator. You are about to embark on a new, exciting, and extraordinary chapter in life, and I congratulate you on your achievements thus far.
Some of you are just starting the college-search process while others of you are on the brink of making a final decision; regardless of where you are in the process, please know that I am here to help! I graduated from High Point University in 2011 and loved it so much I just couldn’t leave!
One of my favorite parts of my job is getting to interact with future students, just like you! Below I have answered the top ten most frequently asked prospective student questions. I hope you’ll find this list to be helpful. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me.
Answered by Claudia Mota, Admissions Marketing Coordinator
1. How many undergraduate students attend High Point University and what percent are from out-of-state?
High Point University has 4,000 undergraduate students enrolled for the 2012-2013 academic year. The student body represents 47 states and 34 countries. 76 percent of students are from out-of-state.
2. What are the differential advantages of High Point University?
This is one of my favorite questions to answer because High Point University is truly unlike any other university! We promote experiential learning. We focus on developing your life skills. We cultivate success. We instill entrepreneurial spirit. We embrace immersive learning experiences. We encourage curiosity & adventure. We commit to excellence. And most importantly, we believe in you! High Point University’s inspiring environment penetrates the entire campus. There are constant opportunities for students to be involved, learn and grow.
3. What are High Point University’s admission requirements?
High Point University seeks applicants who demonstrate exceptional scholarship, outstanding achievement, good citizenship and strong leadership. Click here to see our High School Academic Requirements. Please know that we desire to get to know those who we are investing our future into. While it is not mandatory, we do strongly recommend a campus visit. They are a great way for you and your family to experience our remarkable campus, meet our extraordinary students and dynamic professors, sit in on a class, and speak with your admissions counselor.
4. What is the difference between applying Early Decision, Early Decision II, Early Action, or Regular Decision?
Early Decision is for those applicants who consider High Point University their number one college choice. It is a binding agreement in which, if admitted, you agree to withdraw all other college applications and enroll at High Point University. Early Decision students have first priority in housing selection and in class registration event sign-up.
Early Decision II is for students who missed the initial Early Decision deadline. Early Decision II is a binding agreement that, if admitted, you will withdraw all other college applications and enroll at High Point University. Early Decision II students have second priority in housing selection and in class registration event sign-up.
Early Action is for those applicants who consider High Point University one of their top few college choices. It is a non-binding application plan. Early Action students have third priority in housing selection and in class registration event sign-up.
Regular Decision is for those students not applying under one of our early application plans. Please know that Regular Decision applications are not reviewed until all Early Decision and Early Action decisions have been made.
Over 80 percent of our incoming class is compromised of Early Decision (I and II) and Early Action candidates.
5. How are merit-based scholarships awarded?
Last year High Point University awarded over $3 million in merit-based academic scholarships. Scholarships are granted based on 5 criteria: high school GPA, board scores, course rigor, demonstrated leadership, and on-campus interview.
For merit scholarship consideration, it is required for those academically qualified to complete the Presidential Scholarship Program application in advance of the December 20, 2012 deadline. Since High Point University does not award top scholarships at the time of admitting a student, high school seniors interested in receiving an academic scholarship from High Point University must submit their Presidential Scholarship application at www.highpoint.edu/scholarship. Academically qualified students who apply after the December 20, 2012 deadline will need to contact their Admissions Counselor regarding merit scholarship opportunities.
6. Will my professor know me by name?
Absolutely! 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 at High Point.
There are 17 students in the average class at High Point and within that small community, professors prove themselves to be engaging mentors, eager to share their own research and scholarly interests. At the beginning of freshman year, each student is assigned an academic advisor. The advisor is a professor in the student’s field of interest and works alongside the student for the full four years, 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.
7. What types of student organizations are available at High Point University and how do I get involved?
With over 100 student-led clubs and organization available, from student government to academic organizations, Greek life to service learning, spiritual groups to outdoor activities club, intramural sports and much more, HPU’s active residential campus life experience promotes both academic achievement and personal growth and development of all university students.
8. Are freshmen required to live on campus?
At High Point University, campus life encourages student development and empowers students by creating a strong sense of self, both in the classroom and in the residential environment. All students who are not seniors and who do not live with their parents are required to live on campus. The residential communities at High Point University are as diverse as the student population. All housing is new or recently renovated, with many dorms boasting full-size beds or apartment-style living. With 76 percent of students coming from out-of-state and 93 percent living on-campus, the student body has a distinct sense of family. The Slane Student Center and the University Center both provide unique avenues to connect students, from the Extraordinaire Cinema and the 12 dining locations to the pools and group exercise classes that are a part of HPU Rec.
9. Does High Point University have fraternities and sororities?
Yes! High Point University has a very active Greek community. Currently, 35% of students are a part of Greek Life. HPU has seven national fraternities and eight national sororities.
Greeks at HPU are involved on campus as University Ambassadors, Division I athletes, Resident Assistants, Peer Mentors, Campus Activity Team members, Presidential Scholars and participants in APO, our organization that is dedicated solely to service projects.
10. What are athletics like at High Point University?
High Point University has 16 intercollegiate NCAA men’s and women’s sports teams who play in the Big South Conference. We sponsor 25 club team sports and offer a variety of intramural sports for students of all levels to participate in.