Top 6 Unique HPU Experiences that Transform Students


“I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand.” – Chinese Proverb

For High Point University students, the opportunity to “do” is limitless. To embark on HPU’s transformative journey, students must simply take advantage of HPU’s unique campus and culture. That means diving headfirst into experiences that are intentionally implemented to propel them toward their greatest potential.

While an endless number of opportunities for growth exist at HPU, here are Six Unique HPU Experiences that Transform Students:



1. The President’s Life Skills Seminar

They major in a variety of fields, join different clubs and find unique passions. But one thing all HPU students have in common is time spent in HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein’s Freshman Seminar on Life Skills. During the course, Dr. Qubein uses his life experience as an entrepreneur, leader and esteemed communicator to impart real-world wisdom on all freshmen. Taking the course during their first year allows students to view the rest of their coursework through the lens of practical application. After graduating, alumni often cite the class as a catalyst for their personal and professional transformation.

“My most impactful moment at HPU was President Qubein’s Freshman Seminar on Life Skills. It was a class that pushed past book work and got down to the reality of what comes after college and our purpose at HPU. It truly impacted my mentality and my overall view of life today.”- Lexi Becer, Class of 2018, Strategy and Speed Innovation Coordinator for Calvin Klein


2. Access to Innovators

HPU’s Access to Innovators program has evolved into a robust lineup of change agents who come to coach, mentor and work with students. Students across campus learn from global leaders such as Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, HPU’s Innovator in Residence; Netflix Co-Founder Marc Randolph, HPU’s Entrepreneur in Residence; ABC “Nightline” Co-Anchor Byron Pitts, HPU’s Journalist in Residence; Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall, HPU’s Sports Executive in Residence; and former Boston Globe sports writer Bob Ryan, HPU’s Sports Reporter in Residence, just to name a few.

“When you have someone such as Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall and her status in the sports industry come speak with you, you get a clear idea of the skills you need and the things you need to improve on to assess yourself and become a better person in that industry.” – Cassandra Diaz, Class of 2019, Executive Assistant to the WNBA Commissioner

Dallas Mavericks CEO and HPU’s Sports Executive in Resident Cynt Marshall.


3. Life Skills

As the Premier Life Skills University, HPU not only instills necessary life skills in students but also provides opportunities across campus to test those skills. Executive boardrooms throughout campus allow students to practice their business pitches in a corporate setting. 1924 Prime, HPU’s fine dining learning lab, educates and tests students on formal dining etiquette and international cuisine – skills put to good use beyond graduation when business deals and interviews are conducted over dinner. Inside Cottrell Hall is the International Student Concourse, home to the airplane fuselage – the profile of a plane’s interior that teaches students how to turn everyday encounters into networking opportunities.

“The airplane interactions HPU instills are not far off from the real world. The concept of not knowing who you’ll sit next to on an airplane, or who you’ll run into during a meeting at the Capitol Building, as well as the knowledge that you should prepare to take advantage of these opportunities gives HPU students an edge in the marketplace.”Corinne King, Class of 2020, U.S. House of Representatives Intern.


4. HPU’s Ecosystem of Support

Whether it’s an encouraging phone call, a congratulatory email, a high-five after landing that dream internship or a much-needed closed-door meeting, mentorship matters at High Point University. HPU takes a cohesive approach to creating an ecosystem of support on campus. Students are connected with Success Coaches, a freshman-year personal advisor who assists in transitioning each student by plugging them into best-fit classes and organizations across campus. Mentorship continues with faculty mentors, peer mentors, academic advisors, career advisors and so many more. Support services such as an on-campus, full-time medical doctor, resident directors, counseling services, religious life staff and more are plentiful to ensure students feel at home. HPU surrounds students with caring heroes, models and mentors who connect with students as they prepare them to become future leaders. Successful HPU graduates note that the easy-to-find support offered at HPU propelled them to their dream job.

“Being at a university where every student is treated like family eased my mind. Wherever I turned, someone was willing to lend a hand or a smile to brighten my day.” – Mikaela Campbell, Class of 2018, Associate with the National Basketball Association.


5. Experiential Learning

At HPU, 25% of classes have an experiential learning component that stretches students and pushes them to find out firsthand what “real” means. Whether it’s education majors conducting a reading program with local elementary students, physics students hosting community members for HPUniverse Day, or strategic communication majors running an on-campus public relations firm that services local nonprofits, opportunities to test their skills surround students. And, when students see an opportunity to expand their experience, HPU is there to help. Senior Logan Carter has grown a successful online show, “Game of Inches,” from inside HPU’s state-of-the-art TV studio.

“I know that the skills I’ve gained from the show will transfer to any career I choose to pursue, and I’m forever grateful that I had this experience. HPU provides the opportunity – you just have to take it. If you follow through and commit, HPU will help you make it happen.” – Logan Carter, Class of 2020.  

The Nido R. Qubein School of Communication state-of-the-art TV studio

6. Values-Based Learning

If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. HPU is committed to instilling values in its students. HPU is a God, family and country school. Values are important — personal initiative, generosity, gratitude, civility and respect, among others, are treasured. Not only are they treasured, they are practiced by each and every member of High Point University faculty, staff and students. By modeling these values, students learn the importance of being grateful and giving back, as demonstrated by the 110,000+ hours of community service students accumulate each year. Not only that, but the physical campus environment reinforces HPU’s values. Hundreds of American flags fly, inspiring quotes are etched in the sidewalks where students walk to class, and sculptures of notable historical figures are found lining the Kester International Promenade. Students understand how to pave a path to success framed with significance, and they graduate grounded in strong beliefs.

“You see the university’s beliefs in God, family and country all across campus, and that’s so inspiring. I knew then there were no ifs, ands or buts. This was where I wanted to go because this is who I want to be. I want to be the kind of person unafraid to share my beliefs, just like High Point University.” – Olivia Royce, Class of 2020