Global Education

HPU Information for Incoming Students

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.

Founded in 1924, High Point University is a private, liberal arts institution with 4,800 undergraduate and graduate students at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

HPU offers small class sizes of typically 18 students and a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The university offers 48 undergraduate majors, 51 undergraduate minors, and 13 graduate degree programs. The High Point University Panthers compete in 16 NCAA Division I sports and are members of the Big South Conference. Read more about High Point University.


Why study at High Point University?

High Point University recently was ranked by US News and World Report for the fifth consecutive year as the #1 Best Regional College in the South and for the second consecutive year as the #1 Most Innovative Regional College in the South!

This means that you will receive a top-notch education at a respected university that is known for excellence in academics, its dedicated faculty and staff, and campus facilities that are indeed extraordinary. You will experience firsthand what makes High Point University great: small class sizes, caring professors, 16 NCAA Division 1 sports teams, 20 club sports and dozens of intramural opportunities, and over 100 student-led clubs and organizations.

This also means that you will be provided with services that are geared towards the unique needs of international students. Our Office of Global Education and colleagues across campus provide immigration and academic advising as well as assistance with various tasks such as obtaining a social security number, getting a driver’s license, opening a bank account, filling out tax forms, and obtaining an on-campus job. Upon arrival to High Point, you’ll be greeted at the airport and shuttled to campus for a comprehensive orientation, during which you’ll be paired with a Global Education Mentor (GEM), an HPU student who can help introduce you to other students, help you get involved on campus, and help you get acclimated to life in the U.S. We also provide opportunities for cultural engagement, with trips to local sites of interest as well as on-campus activities in cooperation with the Global Student Association.


Where will you live?

High Point University is located in High Point, North Carolina, a city known for its involvement in the furniture industry. Together, the cities of Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem form the Piedmont Triad, North Carolina’s largest metropolitan area with more than 1.9 million people and over 20 colleges and universities. The city of High Point alone has more than 100,000 people.

Both Greensboro and Winston-Salem are 20 minutes from campus. Other popular destinations and locations surrounding campus include:

DestinationLocationDrive TimeTrain/Bus TimeFlight Time
Atlanta, GA320 miles south of HPU5 hours8.25 hours1 hour
Charlotte, NC75 miles south of HPU1.5 hours2 hoursN/A
New York City, NY550 miles north of HPU9 hours11 hours1.5 hours
Orlando, FL590 miles south of HPU9.5 hoursN/A1.5 hours
Raleigh, NC90 miles east of HPU1.5 hours2.25 hoursN/A
Washington, DC325 miles north of HPU5 hours7 hours1 hour
Appalachian Mountains100+ miles west of HPU2+ hours3.25+ hoursN/A
Atlantic Ocean (Myrtle Beach, SC or Wilmington, NC)225+ miles east of HPU3.25+ hours29 hoursN/A

High Point is easily accessible from Interstate 40 or Interstate 85. In addition, High Point University offers complimentary shuttle service to local airports, train stations, and bus stations. The Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO), which provides direct flights to major U.S. cities each day, is 20 minutes from campus; the Charlotte Douglass International Airport (CLT) and Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU) are both 90 minutes from campus; and the Amtrak train and Greyhound bus stations are both five minutes from campus.

Office of Global Education

Location: Cottrell Hall, Suite 142
Phone: +1 (336) 841-9280
Mailing Address:
High Point University
Office of Global Education
One University Parkway, Drawer 24
High Point, NC 27268  USA

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