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This website is designed to improve and enhance your planning and interactions with your academic advisor. This website is not intended to replace your academic advisor! HPU places a strong emphasis upon quality advising. Advising is the single most effective intervention for improving academic performance, retention and the overall educational experience of our students. Exceptional academic advising is linked to exceptional student success an...
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Karen Naylon
Assistant Dean of Academic Services
Daily from 8:00am — 5:00pm.


The primary purpose of the academic advising program is to assist students in their growth and development by constructing meaningful educational plans which are compatible with their life goals. It is a continuous and consistent process which is built upon the basis of frequent, accumulated personal contacts between advisor and advisee. Effective academic advising should be considered a cornerstone of the academic program of High Point University. Excellent academic programs will not accomplish the desired end result if students are not properly guided and counseled. In addition, poor or inadequate advising can lead to student retention problems with losses occurring among well-prepared and highly motivated students as often as among poorly prepared and weakly-motivated ones. As a church-related university, it is part of our mission to provide sensitive and thoughtful support to our students as they wrestle with the many choices open to them.


Advising is a developmental process which assists students in the clarification of their life/career goals and in the development of educational plans for the realization of these goals. It is a decision-making process which assists students in realizing their maximum educational potential through communication and information exchanges with an advisor; it is ongoing, multi-faceted, and the responsibility of both student and advisor. The academic advisor serves as a facilitator of communication and life skills; a coordinator of learning experiences through course and career planning and program progress review; and an agent of referral to other campus services as necessary.

If you are a student assigned to a faculty advisor and you decide that you want to change your major, declare a minor, declare a second major and/or change advisors, you must go to the Office of Academic Services, 4th Floor, Smith Library to complete a change form at the Welcome Desk. Students must have the correct major listed on their academic records. Furthermore, it is equally important that students be advised by a faculty advisor in their intended major.

  • Assisting students in developing an educational plan consistent with the life goals and objectives (alternative courses of action, alternate career consideration and selection of courses).
  • Assisting students in developing decision-making skills.
  • Providing accurate information about institutional policies, procedures, resources, requirements and programs.
  • Making referrals to other campus or community support services.
  • Assisting students in evaluation or re-evaluation of progress toward established goals and educational plans through monitoring processes.


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Freshman Advising
Every High Point University first-year student is assigned a Success Coach to assist during their first year of college!
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Learning Excellence
Learning Excellence is a fee-based, academic support program that provides comprehensive services for any student at High Point University. The program is beneficial for any student who needs help with transitioning to college, organization, time management, study skills, or strategies to help with learning differences. This impactful program of individualized support develops a learning action plan specific to each student, so they receive the personalized attention and the encouragement needed to be successful. Learning Excellence is a semester-long program, and there is no obligation to continue for the following semester.
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Academic Tutoring
Academic Services provides tutorial support in a wide range of courses through undergraduate peer tutoring and Supplemental Instruction tutoring as well as Student Success Workshops each semester. Academic Services works closely with other programs in the Office of Academic Services department to support the academic and life skills needs of the students of High Point University. Academic Services is a Level III CRLA Certified Learning Program.
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