HPU Continues To Make Significant Economic Impact On High Point

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 11, 2009 – High Point University continues to draw visitors to the City of High Point with special events, sports activities and more each month – and February is no exception. Figures for this month show an impressive and significant impact on High Point, thanks to an estimated 9,650 visitors who will bring in an estimated $1.2 million to the local economy. HPU draws 58,000 visitors to the city annually.

“High Point University is pleased to have a significant, positive economic impact on the City of High Point,” says Chris Dudley, vice president for administration and community relations at HPU. “As more and more people discover High Point University and visit our campus, we are able to have an increasingly positive impact on our city and surrounding community.”

The figures come from a number of activities that have already taken place on the HPU campus this month, as well as future events; events include the Winter Family Weekend, two Presidential Scholars weekends, and HPU men’s and women’s basketball games.

The Winter Family Weekend, which was held Feb. 6-7, drew in more than 1,500 visitors to High Point. Two Presidential Scholar weekends, to be held Feb. 14 and Feb. 28, will draw in an estimated 1,560 visitors. HPU men’s and women’s basketball teams will draw in an estimated 6,590 during a total of eight home games throughout the month.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with more than 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/.

Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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