We are in full application season now as applications are pouring in from around the country and across the globe. With just over a week until our Early Decision deadline of November 1st and two weeks until our November 8th Early Action deadline, application activity is running well ahead of last year at this time. Over 5000 students have already begun or submitted their application for admission for the fall of 2013. We anticipate over 8000 applications this year for a freshman class of about 1300 students.
My advice to parents and students is to apply as early as you can using the application choice that best fits your needs and desires. If HPU is your #1 choice and you know that you will be attending if admitted, then apply Early Decision. If you cannot make that 100% commitment at this time and need more information before you can commit, then Early Action is a good choice. We are more lenient with our Early Decision application pool and admit close to 80% in that group while our overall acceptance rate will be closer to 60%. This means the criteria to be admitted gets tougher as you move through the different application plans. In fact 83% or more of our class will be filled by Early Decision (binding) and Early Action (non-binding) applicants. We will only fill slots as they are available with Regular Decision applications and these applications are not reviewed until all decisions are made on our early application plans.
Our job is to fill the university with great students of high character who really want to attend High Point. When we do this (as we have done), then you have an incredible environment with happy, high-achieving students. Early Decision and Early Action students who are very good academic students may apply for an academic scholarship through the Presidential Scholarship Program. This application with essays should be completed by December 20th once you have submitted your application for undergraduate admission. More information about this scholarship program can be found here.
Some final tips: 1) Pay close attention to your essay on the undergraduate application and essays on the scholarship application. Treat these like an English paper you are turning in for a grade. Make sure to spell check and grammar check these essays for accuracy. We want to make sure that these are your words and thoughts but it is okay to have a parent or teacher proof read your essay. The essay is a great place to tell us something about yourself that we do not discover in your application information. 2) Monitor your progress online using the checklist and check back online periodically to see what documents we have received from you and what may still be missing to complete your file.
Enjoy this fall and come visit our extraordinary campus soon if you have not had the opportunity to do so!