In the photo above, Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak works with students in his role as High Point University’s Innovator in Residence. HPU has once again been named “Most Innovative” by U.S. News & World Report.
HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 10, 2018 – High Point University has been named No. 1 twice in the 2019 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” published annually by U.S. News & World Report.
In the 2019 list released today, HPU ranks:
— No. 1 Best Regional College in the South for the seventh consecutive year. The university received a perfect overall score of 100 in the ranking.
— No. 1 Most Innovative College in the South for the fourth consecutive year. The ranking is based on surveys of top academics such as presidents, provosts and admissions deans who rank schools that are making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology and facilities. HPU is the only regional college in the South named Most Innovative this year.
HPU is also recognized for:
– A Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching
– Internship Opportunities
– First Year Experiences
– Best Value Schools
“We are a values-based university, and we focus on instilling life skills in our students who go on to lead lives of significance,” says Dr. Nido Qubein. HPU President. “We appreciate education leaders across the country recognizing HPU for distinction.”
The national recognition HPU has received for preparing students for the world as it is going to be is evident in the success of graduates. Data collected by HPU in accordance with the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) standards shows 96 percent of the Class of 2017 and 95 percent of the Class of 2015 and Class of 2016 were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.
These rankings are part of a long list of national honors HPU has received. In August, HPU was named to “The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition” for its academic programming, as well as positive survey responses and feedback from students, parents and higher education leaders across the country. The Princeton Review rankings also name HPU for the second consecutive year in the nation’s top 20 for Best-Run Colleges (No. 19) and Best College Dorm Rooms (No. 5). HPU is also included in this year’s list of Most Beautiful Campuses (No. 18) and recognized as a great school for Business/Finance and Communication majors. For eight years in a row, HPU has been named a College of Distinction with special recognition for business and education programs. The National Council on Teacher Quality ranks HPU’s elementary education program as one of the best in the nation.
The HPU campus has transformed since 2005 when Qubein became president, including expansive new academic facilities, technology, and academic and student life support services. HPU has nine academic schools, six of which were formed since Qubein became president. In 2005, HPU’s campus size was 92 acres and now it’s grown to 480 acres. In August, HPU welcomed its largest enrollment in the university’s history and the largest incoming class. This fall, HPU announced its new Webb School of Engineering. The HPU community will break ground on The Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena, Conference Center and Hotel. It will house the men’s and women’s basketball programs and will be a venue for major events, speakers, concerts, entertainment, academic symposia and recreational activities. The small, executive hotel will be located adjacent to the conference center to support a proposed hospitality management program.