The future of High Point University is bright. Just ahead on the horizon are two major projects spurred and supported by alumni and parents of current students. The Center for Student Success and the Athletic Performance Center will offer students new professional and career development opportunities while continuing to enhance the stellar academic experience offered at HPU.
The Center for Student Success
The Center for Student Success, scheduled for completion in spring 2015, is a $16 million, 40,000-square-foot facility that will be a central hub of activity for students preparing for job interviews, seeking career development opportunities and looking for ways to diversify their career skills. It will house the Office of Career and Internship Services, the Office of Study Abroad, the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Center for Entrepreneurship, Service Learning, the Freshman Success Program and more.
Parents of current students have committed to covering the cost as the university continues to transform and grow. Already, gifts have been received or pledged by nine families from Atlanta; Baltimore; New York; Charlotte; Richmond, Va.; Charleston, W.Va.; Newark, N.J.; Chevy Chase, Md.; and Williamsburg, Va.
The facility will be located on Fifth Street behind the University Center complex. The structure will also include conference and meeting space for proposed executive education offerings slated for the near future.
The Schools of Health Sciences and Pharmacy
HPU soon will break ground on an $85 million Health Sciences and Pharmacy complex to house programs in physical therapy, physician assistant studies and pharmacy on its main campus. The four-story, 170,000-square-foot facility will be located on Montlieu Avenue across from the university’s main entrance on land it recently acquired. At maturity, more than 125 faculty and staff will lead 700 students in new programs to be housed in the facility.
The building will house the existing School of Health Sciences, which currently offers programs in exercise science and athletic training, and the proposed School of Pharmacy. It will grow to include proposed master’s level programs in physician assistant studies and doctoral degrees in physical therapy and pharmacy programs. Collectively, the School of Health Sciences and the School of Pharmacy will create a cornerstone for medical related innovation at HPU.
“The expansion of these highly relevant programs is a testament to our talented faculty, generous philanthropic investors, and an ever-growing base of supportive students, alumni and parents,” says Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU president. “These programs, revolving around an increased need for health care providers, will place HPU graduates in critical, professional roles throughout North Carolina and across the world.”
The programs will prepare graduates to serve in health-related fields which are expected to grow by 39 percent over the next 7 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.