HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 21, 2014 – High Point University will welcome 1,470 new students to campus on Aug. 23 during the annual Move In Day – the largest number of new students in the university’s history. The 1,470 students joining the HPU family this fall are greater than the size of the total undergraduate enrollment in 2005 when the university’s transformation began. At 4,300 students today, enrollment has soared in the last decade.
New academic programs will also launch when classes commence on Aug. 26. The size and prestige of HPU’s faculty continues to grow with 35 new faculty positions, 21 of those being new positions, for the fall. Their areas of teaching include biology, chemistry, event management, entrepreneurship, pharmacy, health sciences and much more.
The stellar growth at High Point University is supported by a strong history. On Sept. 13, HPU will celebrate its 90 year anniversary, and Dr. Nido Qubein will celebrate 10 years as HPU president in January 2015.
“The continued advocacy of our parents and students indicate that the holistic, values-based education we offer at HPU is of great value,” says Qubein. “With a clear vision, faithful courage, and deliberate execution, we have delivered remarkable transformation, but the best is still to come.”
New features for the fall include:
- Living and Learning Communities – These 16 communities are available to a variety of majors. Students in Living and Learning Communities know the area they want to focus their studies and want to learn and grow with a group of people with the same academic focus throughout their time at HPU. Options include a STEM community, performing arts community, business and entrepreneurship and more. See a full list here: http://www.highpoint.edu/learningcommunities/.
- Center for Student Success – Scheduled to open in the spring, the Center for Student Success will be a hub of experiential learning. It will house the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works, Career and Internship Services, Service Learning, Study Abroad, Center for Entrepreneurship, and much more.
- Athletic Performance Center – At 6 p.m. on Sept. 9, HPU will hold the grand opening for this 31,500-square-foot facility that will house the Panthers’ growing athletics program, which now includes NCAA Div. I men’s and women’s lacrosse. The facility will house a 120-seat academic center as well as a state-of-the-art athletic training center. It will include new locker rooms and lounges for the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams and the men’s and women’s soccer teams. A hospitality suite located on the third floor will overlook the field, and a media area and video production area will be on the second floor. The first-class media area will allow the Panthers to be featured more prominently on television broadcasts and high definition streaming video. Offices for coaches and support staff members will be located in the building as well.
- Schools of Health Sciences and Pharmacy Development – The portion of Montlieu Avenue between College Drive and Centennial Street has been closed as site preparation begins for the School of Health Sciences and School of Pharmacy facility. Major work will be done to that site this year and in years to come.
- New Majors – The School of Art and Design has two new majors: Furnishings/Product Development and Design and Visual Merchandising Design.
- New concentration areas within Exercise Science reflect growth in undergraduate sciences:
- Exercise Physiology
- Health and Wellness
- New concentration areas within biology also reflect growth in undergraduate sciences:
- Organismal and Evolutionary Biology
- Molecular/Cell Biology and Biotechnology
- Health Science
- New minors:
- The School of Education has a new minor in Education Studies
- The School of Communication has a new minor in Event Management
- The School of Art and Design has a new minor in Photography
- The School of Health Sciences has a new minor in Strength and Conditioning
- Temporary Physician Assistant Space – In 2012, HPU opened a temporary space in half of the former Circuit City building for the Human Biomechanics and Physiology Lab. This summer, the other half was transformed into a state-of-the-art temporary Physician Assistant Studies space. It includes stellar technology like high-fidelity mannequins who are incredibly life-like (they blink, can communicate, react to medications, sweat, cry, have tongues that can swell and limbs you can draw “blood” from), as well as patient exam and clinic rooms. Every action that is performed by a student on the mannequin is recorded and can be reviewed by the professor later to see if students took a pulse when they were supposed to, what dosage of medicine they administered, etc. Cornerstone has also donated an electronic health record system to the space.The PA program begins, pending successful accreditation, in June 2015. Some info here: http://www.highpoint.edu/physicianassistant/admission-process/.
- The Year of the Arts will be celebrated at HPU in 2014-15 thanks to a Think Big! Grant from the university. Numerous events and presentations will be held for the public as well as local artists. The big kick-off will be the fall festival on Sept. 13, where artists (painters, sculptors, engineers, performing artists and much more) will set up on campus to show their talents.