HPU Welcomes a Record 1,500 New Students and 10,000 Guests

Aug 20th, 2016

HPU Welcomes a Record 1,500 New Students and 10,000 Guests

HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 20, 2016 – Azaria Carr researched the best interior design programs in the country. That’s what brought her from Durham to High Point University as a freshman today.

“I looked for the school with the best program, and HPU was it,” Carr said after moving into her residence hall. “I visited and fell in love with it after that. I have a lot of resources around me.”

For Jay Patel, he came from New Jersey to High Point for opportunity.

“The best connectivity out of all colleges I looked at was here,” Patel said. “Lots of people here get good internships and jobs.”

In Chad Sigmon’s family, it’s become a family legacy. His older sister, Paige Sigmon, graduated from HPU in 2013.

“He looked at a lot of colleges,” Jillian Sigmon, their mother, said. “We didn’t want to push him, but in the end he did end up choosing High Point. When I asked him why, he told me, ‘Mom, I think I made the decision to go to High Point six years ago when we moved Paige in.’ That’s what he wrote in his application essay, too. Paige came with us today and I don’t know which one of them is more excited.”

The 1,500 new students and their family and friends, along with upperclassmen and their family members, brought 10,000 people to the city of High Point this weekend to generate a substantial economic impact at hotels, restaurants and more. The students are all part of the largest enrollment in history at HPU – 4,800 total students this year, as HPU nears its goal of approximately 5,000. Classes for the semester begin on Aug. 23.

And while there are many different avenues that brought them here from all over the world for HPU’s Move In Day, they agree that the people on campus – like the 500 volunteers who kept lines running smoothly, unpacked cars for families and welcomed each student with a cheer – had a lot to do with it.

“There’s a certain passion in everyone that works here,” Jillian Sigmon said. “They have true compassion and care for who you are as a student and your entire family. Like today, when we pulled in, we saw Joe Cristy, who was Paige’s admissions counselor. And then we saw the security guard she was good friends with, and Mrs. [Gail] Tuttle. It truly is a family campus. They walk the walk, not just talk the talk.”

“When I visited campus for the first time, everyone was very nice,” Julie Bartlett, a freshman from Salisbury, Maryland, said. “The campus and the friendly people and how everything is well put together here – I’m looking forward to that.”

Move-In Day By the Numbers:

— 1,500 new students

— 4,800 total enrollment

— 10,000 total visitors (including family members of new and returning students)

— 500 faculty, staff and upperclassman volunteers

— 100 hand trucks

About the Class of 2020:

— The Class of 2020 represents 43 states and Washington, D.C.

— Students from outside of North Carolina make up 79 percent of the class, while 21 percent are from North Carolina.

— Thirteen countries are represented in the Class of 2020, including: Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Guatemala, Iceland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

— The farthest domestic student comes to HPU from Gig Harbor, Washington – an estimated 2,789 miles away.

— The farthest international student comes to HPU from Phutthamonton, Thailand.

— The incoming freshman class includes successful students who have already accomplished great things prior to the start of their college careers. These students hope to further their knowledge and continue their path to success during their time at HPU. Here are a few examples:

Haley Bossart of Naples, Florida, created a campaign called “Can You Raise More Money Than an 8th Grader,” which raised money for children in Immokalee, Florida, whose families were struggling financially and often times did not have enough food during the weekend. Through her efforts, she was able to feed children for numerous weekends. She earned the Presidential Spirit Award as a freshman in high school for her work with the Immokalee children. She currently runs a successful fashion and lifestyle blog, HaleyMorganBossart.com, which allows her to explore her passions for fashion, design and wellness.

Vernon Lindo of Celebration, Florida, has volunteered extensively with the Republican Party of Florida and Americans for Prosperity, including creating a congressional campaign website at age 13, canvassing neighborhoods in the Orlando area, and conducting surveys of voters’ political leanings. Since then, he’s worked on multiple political campaigns. He also recently published an op-ed in the congressional newspaper “The Hill.”

Yaa Ofori of Brooklyn, New York, frequently volunteers at her local food pantry and a children’s hospital in Atlanta. During her senior year of high school, Ofori completed a practicum in two local elementary schools where she assisted teachers and tutored students who were behind on their school work. She teaches Sunday school at her church. She received the Superintendent Scholar Award, was student of the year for Early Childhood Education in high school, and is a Nora McDonald Scholar, Drake Davis Scholar and Gates Millennium Scholar.