Founded in 1924, High Point University is a private, liberal arts institution with 4,800 undergraduate and graduate students at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
HPU offers small class sizes of typically 18 students and a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The university offers 48 undergraduate majors, 51 undergraduate minors, and 13 graduate degree programs. The High Point University Panthers compete in 16 NCAA Division I sports and are members of the Big South Conference. Read more about High Point University.
High Point University recently was ranked by US News and World Report for the fifth consecutive year as the #1 Best Regional College in the South and for the second consecutive year as the #1 Most Innovative Regional College in the South!
This means that you will receive a top-notch education at a respected university that is known for excellence in academics, its dedicated faculty and staff, and campus facilities that are indeed extraordinary. You will experience firsthand what makes High Point University great: small class sizes, caring professors, 16 NCAA Division 1 sports teams, 20 club sports and dozens of intramural opportunities, and over 100 student-led clubs and organizations.
This also means that you will be provided with services that are geared towards the unique needs of international students. Our Office of Study Abroad and colleagues across campus provide immigration and academic advising as well as assistance with various tasks such as obtaining a social security number, getting a driver’s license, opening a bank account, filling out tax forms, and obtaining an on-campus job. Upon arrival to High Point, you’ll be greeted at the airport and shuttled to campus for a comprehensive orientation, during which you’ll be paired with a Panther PAL, an HPU student who can help introduce you to other students, help you get involved on campus, and help you get acclimated to life in the U.S. We also provide opportunities for cultural engagement, with trips to local sites of interest as well as on-campus activities in cooperation with the Global Student Association.
High Point University is located in High Point, North Carolina, a city known for its involvement in the furniture industry. Together, the cities of Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem form the Piedmont Triad, North Carolina’s largest metropolitan area with more than 1.9 million people and over 20 colleges and universities. The city of High Point alone has more than 100,000 people.
Both Greensboro and Winston-Salem are 20 minutes from campus. Other popular destinations and locations surrounding campus include:
|Destination||Location||Drive Time||Train/Bus Time||Flight Time|
|Atlanta, GA||320 miles south of HPU||5 hours||8.25 hours||1 hour|
|Charlotte, NC||75 miles south of HPU||1.5 hours||2 hours||N/A|
|New York City, NY||550 miles north of HPU||9 hours||11 hours||1.5 hours|
|Orlando, FL||590 miles south of HPU||9.5 hours||N/A||1.5 hours|
|Raleigh, NC||90 miles east of HPU||1.5 hours||2.25 hours||N/A|
|Washington, DC||325 miles north of HPU||5 hours||7 hours||1 hour|
|Appalachian Mountains||100+ miles west of HPU||2+ hours||3.25+ hours||N/A|
|Atlantic Ocean (Myrtle Beach, SC or Wilmington, NC)||225+ miles east of HPU||3.25+ hours||29 hours||N/A|
High Point is easily accessible from Interstate 40 or Interstate 85. In addition, High Point University offers complimentary shuttle service to local airports, train stations, and bus stations. The Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO), which provides direct flights to major U.S. cities each day, is 20 minutes from campus; the Charlotte Douglass International Airport (CLT) and Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU) are both 90 minutes from campus; and the Amtrak train and Greyhound bus stations are both five minutes from campus.
High Point University offers a variety of classes with relatively small class size, averaging about 18 students per class with a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Students are able to develop a close relationship with their professors, improving their learning experience.
HPU offers undergraduate courses through the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Art & Design, the Earl N. Phillips School of Business, the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication, the School of Education, and the Congdon School of Health Sciences. Our largest majors and niche programs include Biology, Business, Communication, Education, Exercise Science, Human Relations, Interior Design, Music, and Physics. A complete listing of course offerings is available in the online course catalog: go to MyStuff, click on the orange “Search for Classes” button, and again the blue “Search for Classes” hyperlink.
Exchange students are not restricted in undergraduate course selection; however, some courses have prerequisites and Music, Theatre, and Art & Design courses often require auditions or portfolios. Currently, High Point University is not able to accept exchange students for graduate study.
Language courses are taught in the respective languages; all other courses are taught in English.
High Point University requires exchange students to enroll in a minimum of 12, maximum of 18, credits per term. The recommended number of credits for exchange students is 16 credits per term.
High Point University is committed to providing some of the finest residential communities and options in private higher education in the United States. Living on campus within a student-focused, caring community provides wonderful opportunities for students to get involved in all areas of academic and campus life. High Point University provides an environment where students can thrive both in and out of the classroom. Our Residential Communities are a big component of the campus life at High Point University, and the Office of Student Life takes pride in the support that we are able to offer our students through our Residential Community.
International students studying for a semester at High Point University are housed in one of our Tier 1 accommodations, if available. These are our standard rooms and consist of double-accommodation rooms in Belk, Finch, McEwen, Millis, North, North College Court, North College Terrace, University Houses, Wesley, and Yadkin.
On-campus residence halls are furnished, but linens are not provided. During the orientation week, the Office of Study Abroad will coordinate opportunities for students to purchase linens and other personal items.
High Point University has 10 restaurants and three convenience stores that offer various food options. Study abroad students are enrolled in an on-campus meal plan providing 14 meals per week to use at an All-You-Care to eat dining hall or retail location and $150 Declining Balance to use at any dining location.
A limited number of Tier-1 residence halls are furnished with kitchen facilities. Students housed in a residence hall with kitchen facilities can purchase groceries at one of the on-campus convenience stores or from local grocery stores (regular shuttles provided by HPU Transportation).
Read more information about dining on the HPU campus.
High Point University offers many services to students included in the HPU fees, including concierge services (e.g., wake-up calls and reservations) and laundry facilities. Students also have access to multiple fitness centers, indoor and outdoor pools, an on-campus movie theatre, and an on-campus arcade as well as many academic and cultural events such as guest speakers, concerts, performances, and art exhibits. Visit the Office of Student Activities website for more information.
HPU also offers many clubs and organizations focusing on topics of interest. Read more about student organizations at HPU.
The Global Student Association is a great way for international students to get involved on the HPU campus. They host many activities on and off campus to help students get connected with HPU and other cultures. Read more about the Global Student Association at High Point University.
In addition, HPU provides regular, complimentary round-trip shuttle service from the HPU campus to the Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO), the Charlotte-Douglass International Airport (CLT), the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), and the High Point Amtrak and Greyhound Stations. HPU Transportation also offers daily campus shuttle service to all of the campus locations and weekly shuttle service to local shopping venues.
While most activities and services on campus are included at no additional cost, some activities (e.g., excursions, clubs, and organizations) require additional participation fees. These amounts vary by activity or service.
|Exchange & Study Abroad Student Information
|Exchange Partner Fact Sheet
The Office of Global Education is the first point of contact for questions regarding studying abroad at High Point University. General inquiries can be directed to:
Phone: +1 (336) 841-9280
Dr. Jeff Palis, Director, Global Education
Jeff is the main point of contact for partnering institutions and inbound exchange students. He is the main point of contact for nominations and interested students.
email@example.com | +1 (336) 841-9636
Dr. Marjorie Church, Director, International Student Affairs & Principal Designated School Official
Marjorie serves as the principal designated school official. She manages the Global Student Association and is the main point of contact for immigration-related questions while at HPU.
firstname.lastname@example.org | +1 (336) 841-4692
Chris Ferguson, Advisor & Designated School Official
Chris serves as the designated school official for exchange and study abroad students. He is the main point of contact for study abroad student admissions and immigration-related questions prior to arrival.
email@example.com | +1 (336) 841-9051
Kristen Cruz, Global Education Coordinator
Kristen coordinates Global Education events and is the front line of the Office of Global Education, assisting international students and managing the Global Education Mentors program.
firstname.lastname@example.org | +1 (336) 841-4692
The Office of Global Education is located in Suite 142, Cottrell Hall (building #12 on the HPU Campus Map).
For more information, contact the Office of Study Abroad by phone at +1 (336) 841-9280 or by email at email@example.com.