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INTRODUCTION

  • Founded in 1924, HPU is a 94-year-old liberal arts institution located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina.
  • At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.
  • “America’s Best Colleges” 2019 Edition, published in the S. News & World Report, ranks HPU #1 among all regional colleges in the South (the seventh consecutive year at #1). It also ranks HPU for the fourth consecutive year as the #1 Most Innovative Regional College in the South for innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities.

UNIVERSITY GROWTH

20052018Growth
Undergraduate Enrollment
(Traditional Students)
1,4505,200259%
Fulltime Faculty108316193%
Campus Size (acres)91460405%
Square Footage650,0003.5 million438%
Buildings on Campus (new and acquired)22112409%
Total Positions3851,934402%
Economic Impact$160.3 million$500 million212%
Operating and Capital Budget$38 million$290 million663%
United Way Giving$28,000 $247,500784%
Study Abroad Programs5671,240%
  • HPU was selected, for the eighth consecutive year, as a “Colleges of Distinction.” It was selected due to distinction in four major categories: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. HPU also earned Fields of Study distinctions for the Philips School of Business and the Stout School of Education. These acknowledgements are available to schools with first-rate programs and recognized professional accreditations.
  • High Point University has been named one of the nation’s top institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review. HPU is recognized in “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.
  • In addition to including HPU in the “The Best 384 Colleges,” the new Princeton Review rankings also name HPU as one of the top 20 universities in the nation for Best-Run Colleges (No. 19) and Best College Dorm Rooms (No. 5) and Most Beautiful Campuses (No. 18).
  • BestCollegeValues.org ranks HPU’s Slane Student Center #1 in the nation.
  • HPU has 50 undergraduate majors, 57 undergraduate minors and 13 graduate degree programs.
  • HPU has a total of 5,200 students – the largest total enrollment in HPU’s history. Ninety-six percent of the traditional undergraduate students live on campus.
  • Since 2005, HPU has grown from three academic schools to nine academic schools – the David Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences; the Phillips School of Business; the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication; the Stout School of Education; the School of Art and Design; the Wanek School of Undergraduate Sciences; the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy; the Congdon School of Health Sciences; and the Webb School of Engineering.
  • There are several major construction projects currently under way on campus: A $70 million facility for the Wanek School of Undergraduate sciences; a $10 million conservatory to support botanical research and the growth of HPU’s arboretum and gardens; and the $120 million Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena, Conference Center and Hotel, which will be home to the men’s and women’s basketball programs, major events and support a proposed hospitality management program.
  • In addition to new technology and facilities, HPU has added dozens upon dozens of study abroad opportunities, service learning programs, academic development, student life and experiential learning and programs.
  • HPU received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to begin the first doctoral degree program in university history in educational leadership, and the first class graduated in 2016. The university has since launched doctoral programs in pharmacy and physical therapy.
  • HPU’s Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy became the only pharmacy school in the Piedmont Triad Region in fall 2016 when the inaugural class of doctoral students were welcomed to campus.
  • The Congdon School of Health Sciences launched a new physical therapy doctoral program in 2017. It also houses undergraduate and graduate programs in exercise science, athletic training and physician assistant studies.
  • In fall 2017, HPU opened the new Congdon Hall, a four-story, 224,000-square-foot complex to house the Congdon School of Health Sciences and the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy. The facility offers advanced research facilities and lab space that rival the best in the nation, including a human biomechanics and physiology lab, biomedical research facilities, a gross anatomy lab, standardized client space, medical simulation labs and more. At $120 million, it is the university’s single largest investment in history.
  • HPU has hired 192 new, full-time faculty members since 2005 and now has 300 faculty members total. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 30 new faculty were added.
  • Without a formal campaign, High Point University has raised more than $375 million since 2005.
  • Parents of HPU students committed $22 million to finance the cost of Cottrell Hall, home of the Flanagan Center for Student Success, which opened in fall 2015. The two-story, 43,000-square-foot, LEED-certified building is a central hub of activity for students preparing for job interviews, seeking job opportunities and looking for ways to diversify their career skills.
  • HPU students, faculty and staff contribute more than 100,000 volunteer hours each year. Those hours translate into an impact of $2.3 million in the community, according to the United Way’s calculations.
  • The university attracts 100,000 visitors to the city each year through prospective student tours, family and alumni weekends, athletic events, cultural enrichment productions in art, dance, theatre, music and presentations from world-renowned speakers.
  • HPU is a member of NCAA Division I athletics and has 16 varsity sports – eight men’s and eight women’s.
  • HPU has been designated as a Tree Campus USA by the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources for nine consecutive years. The designation is given to college campuses for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship. HPU is one of 12 colleges and universities in the state to receive the honor and one of only four to have achieved it for eight or more years.
  • HPU’s 2017 United Way Commitment reached more than $247,500, a 784% increase since 2005. The university has received the Spirit of North Carolina award from the United Way for these efforts seven times. HPU remains one of the top five contributors to the annual UW campaign.
  • Through HPU’s Access to Innovators Series, students discover the art of the possible by learning from global leaders. No longer is Steve Wozniak, who serves as HPU’s Innovator in Residence, the genius behind Apple Computer. He’s also a mentor and friend to students. No longer is Marc Randolph, who serves as HPU’s Entrepreneur in Residence, one of the masterminds behind Netflix. He also helps students who want to launch their own business. Students learn from these leaders that they, too, can accomplish great things.
  • Mentorship matters at High Point University. Students are paired with success coaches, career advisors and faculty mentors to collaborate on impactful research. They also learn from top industry leaders in their classrooms, such as Joe Michaels, who directed the TODAY show for 22 years before joining HPU’s faculty, and Allan Beaver, who introduced ad campaigns for Subaru, Jockey, Matchbox Toy Cars and collaborated with Andy Warhol.

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