Press Kit

Press Kit


    • At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.
    • Founded in 1924, HPU is a 92-year-old liberal arts institution located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina.
    • HPU has 48 undergraduate majors, 51 undergraduate minors and 13 graduate-degree majors.
    • “America’s Best Colleges” 2017 Edition, published in the U.S. News & World Report, ranks HPU No. 1 among all regional colleges in the South (the fifth consecutive year at No. 1) and No. 1 for the most innovate regional college in the South (the second consecutive year at No. 1).
    • High Point University is the No. 4 private college to get the best return on your investment in the state of North Carolina by HPU is ranked No. 10 out of 38 colleges that made the list, which ranks schools with students who earn more money over their lifetimes, on average, than graduates from other North Carolina institutions.
    • HPU has been selected, for the sixth 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.


Undergraduate Enrollment
(Traditional Students)
Fulltime Faculty108300178%
Campus Size (acres)92430367%
Square Footage740,0004 million441%
Buildings on Campus (new and acquired)22112409%
Total Positions4301,634280%
Economic Impact$160.3 million$464.5 million190%
Operating and Capital Budget$38 million$290 million663%
United Way Giving$38,000 $240,580 533%
Study Abroad Programs5671,240%
  • The traditional undergraduate program has grown from 1,450 students in 2005 to a record high of 4,500 students in fall 2016. 3,881 of the traditional undergraduate program students live on campus.
  • HPU has 4,500 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students, for a total of 4,800 students.
  • HPU now has a total of 1,634 total positions, up 280 percent since 2005. HPU is the seventh largest employer in the city of High Point.
  • HPU has hired 192 new, full-time faculty members since 2005 and now has 300 faculty members. For the 2016-2017 academic year, 48 new faculty were added.
  • Ninety new buildings have been built, acquired, or are under construction on the HPU campus since 2005.
  • High Point University-owned property has grown from 92 to 430 acres and from 675,000 square feet of building space to over 4 million square feet of building space.
  • Without a formal campaign, High Point University has raised more than $300 million since 2005.
  • New majors include neuroscience, sales, entrepreneurship, marketing, and documentary media. New concentrations in the communication major include sport communication and sport and event management.
  • HPU received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to begin the first doctoral degree program in its history in educational leadership, which welcomed its first cohort in fall 2012, and graduated its first cohort in spring 2016. A second doctoral program in pharmacy welcomed its first cohort in fall 2016. A doctoral program in physical therapy is currently being developed as well.
  • 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 houses facilities for the Office of Career and Professional Development, the Office of Study Abroad, the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works and more. It is a central hub of activity for students preparing for job interviews, seeking job opportunities and looking for ways to diversify their career skills. The structure also include conference and meeting space for proposed executive education offerings slated for the near future. It is located at the intersection of Founders Street and Alumni Avenue behind the University Center complex.
  • New graduate programs in the Congdon School of Health Sciences are underway. Dr. Daniel Erb is dean of the school, which currently houses undergraduate and graduate programs in exercise science, athletic training and physician assistant studies. It will grow to include a doctoral program in physical therapy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, positions in these fields are projected to grow up to 34 percent by 2024. Erb graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in physical therapy, and received a master’s degree and doctorate in anatomy from the Medical College of Virginia. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine. At Duke, he served for 11 years as the director of graduate studies and associate professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Division in the Department of Community and Family Medicine.
  • HPU’s Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy became the only pharmacy school in the Piedmont Triad Region and the fourth in the state when its inaugural class was welcomed in fall 2016. Dr. Ron Ragan, dean for the School of Pharmacy, comes to HPU from the University of Kansas where he developed new academic and assessment programs in its highly respected pharmacy school. He has more than 25 years of experience as a community and hospital pharmacist and educator and holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology.

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