HPU School Year Begins With Extraordinary 20 Percent Growth In Enrollment

High Point University welcomed a record number of students to begin the 2010-2011 academic year ? total undergraduate day enrollment at the university is now at 3,300. HPU also hired 41 new faculty members and 74 new staff members.

During the weekend, HPU?s largest freshman class in the school?s history ? 1,220 students (up from 1,030 last year) ? participated in the formal Opening Convocation ceremony and the signing of the Honor Code, a special tradition at HPU designed to underscore the importance of honesty and integrity. All 1,220 freshmen were moved into their residence halls with the help of members of the faculty and staff and upperclassmen.

HPU’s amazing five-year transformation is part of a $300 million investment in academics, facilities, technology and scholarships that includes 15 new academic, residential and student-life buildings, plus two new athletic stadiums and a field house, fountains, botanical gardens, laboratories, science, design and music, as well as nine modern restaurants.

The university continues to enhance academic programs, drawing interest from students from all over the United States and beyond. It has also drawn interest from the U.S. News & World Report, which ranked HPU at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranked HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges,” and Parade Magazine listed HPU in the top 26 private schools in the nation.

“These back-to-school activities always remind us what an exciting time college is for our students,” says Dr. Nido Qubein, president of HPU. “We want to make their experience at High Point University the best possible, and we do that by providing them with a top-notch education in a setting that allows them to learn and grow.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 26 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

336-841-4530; cdudley@highpoint.edu

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