HIGH POINT, N.C., August 22, 2015 – The first car drove up to a roar of applause and clatter of purple cowbells.
So did nearly 1,400 more after that.
On High Point University’s Move-In Day today, hundreds of upperclassmen, staff and faculty welcomed the Class of 2019 with cheers before whisking items out of the family car and transporting them to residence halls. These volunteers, known as the Orientation Crew, made the transition smooth for those who are new to campus.
Total move-in, including that of upperclassmen throughout other parts of the weekend, brought 8,200 visitors to the city and generated a substantial economic impact at hotels, restaurants and more. The students are all part of the largest enrollment in history at HPU – 4,600 total students this year, as HPU nears its goal of approximately 5,000.
“There is endless opportunity here at HPU, and that is what I was looking for when choosing a college,” says incoming HPU freshman Noah Willer from Michigan. “I believe that getting my education here is what will take me far. I feel very blessed.”
New students represent many countries and states, from as far away as California domestically and as far away as Zimbabwe internationally.
“We have been in America for almost a week now and I am loving this country as well as High Point University already,” says incoming HPU freshman Ethan Qian who came to HPU from China. “I chose HPU because of the small class sizes, great academics and the friendly atmosphere. I am very happy and excited to be here.”
“Move-In Day has been a breeze for my family,” said Jennifer Ierulli, mother of incoming freshman Madison Ierulli from New York City. “I don’t know of any other university that welcomes their students with such open arms. It will be hard leaving Madison here, but I am confident that she is being left in good hands.”
Move-In Day By the Numbers:
- 1,450 new students
- 4,600 total enrollment
- 8,200 visitors to the city (students and family members)
- 523 faculty, staff and upperclassman volunteers
- 101 hand trucks
About the Class of 2019
- Students from outside of North Carolina make up 82 percent of the class, while 18 percent are from North Carolina.
- International students in the class represent these countries: Bahamas, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Thailand, United Kingdom and Zimbabwe.
- The average weighted GPA for the class is 3.73.
- The incoming freshman class includes successful students who have already accomplished great things prior to the start of their college careers. These students hope to further their knowledge and continue their path to success during their time at HPU. Here are a few examples:
Josh and Greg Allen are twins who both chose to attend HPU. Josh is a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society and the Math Club. As a scholar athlete, he played varsity baseball and was the captain of the varsity baseball team in high school. Josh is older than his brother by 17 minutes.
Greg also played football and varsity baseball throughout high school, playing as a wide receiver and a catcher. When he was a sophomore, Greg received the Character Counts award from his high school athletic department. The award testified that on and off of the football field, Greg represented the Honeoye Falls Lima school district in a positive light, showing character, integrity and heart at every opportunity.
Mandy Engelman is a presidential scholar and a media fellow at HPU. Her lifestyle blog, com, focuses on embracing what makes a person truly unique. She’s been named one of The Prospect’s 2015 Top 20 Under 20; has done creative work and consulting for MTV Insights and Seventeen Magazine; and is a top blogger for the bSmart Guide website.
Taylor Elseroad spent his summer overseeing the purchases and sales of high-end real estate properties. He also received Presidential Leadership Honors all four years in high school and made it to the finals in a national finance competition. Elseroad helped lead his school to three Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) National Soccer Championships and two MIAA National Lacrosse Championships. Plus, he already has internship experience under his belt, thanks to his time spent interning with Fox Broadcasting on the news floor and executive business departments.