The promise of an extraordinary education is fulfilled daily in and outside of the classroom at High Point University. The thing that fuels students physically and prepares them to tackle rigorous academics is one of the out-of-class aspects still important to our campus – the food that nourishes our students.
Dining is more than just a meal at HPU; it’s a learning opportunity – a chance to connect, collaborate and create. Whatever it is that you’re looking for, from a home cooked meal to a late night snack, HPU’s dining services have got you covered.
As a testimony to the fantastic dining services on campus, Business Insider recently ranked HPU in its list of top 20 college dining halls, while The Daily Meal ranked HPU #33 out of the Top 75 Best Colleges for Food in America 2015. Not only does HPU offer more than 10 diverse dining options, but the university also leverages food as a platform for learning. Why do students love dining at HPU? Here are 10 reasons:
1. International Exposure
Each month, a different region or country’s cuisine is highlighted through HPU’s Cuisine & Culture Series. Along with distinct international fares, faculty and guest speakers host forums that offer students opportunities to learn about the cultural focus of the month at 1924 PRIME, HPU’s fine-dining learning lab.
2. Healthy Lifestyle
Promotional labels on foods highlight organic, vegetarian, gluten-free and locally-grown options at multiple dining locations. This promotion broadens awareness to sustainable practices – an educational component for students.
3. Farm to Fork
“Local lunches” at the Café and Farmer’s Market – where the entire menu for that day’s meal is local – promote smart diet choices and connects students to the community. Additionally, an herb garden outside the Café provides the freshest herbs and spices possible for meals each day.
4. Community Involvement
During events such as Derby Day and Earth Day, local food businesses offer samples and deals for students by bringing their products to campus. HPU also provides shuttles to and from local restaurants during the week and shopping centers on the weekend.
5. Passport Partners
Through the Passport Partner service, students can easily use their “Passport” student ID to pay for food off-campus at nearly 100 community partners such as Panera, Moe’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and many more.
6. National Recognition
The vast variety of dining options earned HPU an “A+” for Campus Food on Niche.com. For the third consecutive year, HPU Dine was also voted No. 1 by Aramark for outstanding customer satisfaction out of 418 colleges and universities surveyed.
7. Food-Focused Campus Events
Cooking demonstrations, recipe contests, guest nutritionist lectures and more expose students to healthy eating and sustainability.
From omelets to sushi, from frozen yogurt to salad bars, from pastries to prime rib and much more, HPU offers it all. Vegan and gluten free options ensure everyone can enjoy meals on campus.
9. Registered Dietician
HPU’s onsite nutritionist, Kelley Magowan, works one-on-one with students who have dietary concerns to develop a meal plan that works for them. The RD also holds special programming like tabling events, food samplings, cooking demos, health fairs and more to promote healthy eating.
10. Student Input
Don’t see something you like? HPU’s Student Government Association holds a Community Affairs Board open forum each semester for students to ask questions and offer feedback. Suggestion boxes are also located throughout campus anxiously awaiting students’ input. The Silver Line Diner at Aldridge Village is one example; its entire menu was created based off student input.