Decade of Distinction: HPU Named No. 1 Again by U.S. News and World Report

Sep 13th, 2021

Decade of Distinction: HPU Named No. 1 Again by U.S. News and World Report

HPU has been named the No. 1 Best Regional College in the South for the 10th consecutive year and No. 1 Most Innovative for the seventh consecutive year.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 13, 2021 – High Point University has been named the No. 1 Best Regional College in the South for a decade by U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges.” In the 2022 edition, HPU has also been named No. 1 Most Innovative for the seventh consecutive year and recognized in several other categories.

In the 2022 list, HPU ranks:

No. 1 Best Regional College in the South for 10 consecutive years. HPU scored a perfect overall score of 100 in the ranking. This ranking factors in student outcomes, faculty resources, expert opinion, financial resources, student excellence and alumni giving.

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No. 1 Best Innovative College in the South for the seventh consecutive year. The ranking is based on surveys of top academics such as presidents, provosts and admissions deans who rank schools that are making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology and facilities.

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HPU is also recognized for:

  • National Top 30 Best First-Year Experiences

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  • Best Undergraduate Teaching, Regional Colleges South

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  • Best Value Schools, Regional Colleges South

“As the Premier Life Skills University, HPU has achieved a decade of distinction from U.S. News and World Report,” says HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein. “These honors are a testament to the success of our students, as well as the value and quality of a High Point University education.”

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Pictured is the DNA sculpture in Congdon Hall, home of the Congdon School of Health Sciences and Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are among a long list of honors HPU has received. In August, The Princeton Review named HPU one of  “The Best 387 Colleges: 2022 Edition,” as well as Best Southeastern Colleges in “2022 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” Great Schools for Communication Majors, Great Schools for Business/Finance Majors and Great Dorms.

HPU’s recognition in the rankings is also evident in the success of graduates by preparing them for the world as it is going to be. Data collected by HPU in accordance with the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) standards shows 97% of the Class of 2020 were employed or furthering their education within six months of graduation, 11 points above the national average.

Continual transformation began at HPU in 2005 when President Qubein took office. At that time, U.S. News ranked HPU No. 17 among Regional Colleges in the South. Since that time, numerous milestones have been achieved in addition to national rankings. In August, HPU welcomed its largest total enrollment and largest group of new students in the university’s history. The university has more than tripled traditional undergraduate and graduate enrollment from 1,673 in 2005 to 5,850 students today, a 250% increase. HPU has also expanded from three academic schools to 10 academic schools, in addition to launching numerous new master and doctoral degree programs while growing the campus from 91 to 500 acres.

HPU will soon open the highly anticipated Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena and Conference Center and Jana and Ken Kahn Hotel. The addition to HPU’s campus will provide numerous real-world learning labs for students, house the men’s and women’s basketball programs, and serve as a venue for major events, speakers, concerts, entertainment, academic symposia and recreational activities.