High Point University

High Point University

High Point, NC
student ratio
total students
$28,600 | $28,600
in-state | out-of-state tuition
August 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


The University

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

"U.S. News and World Report" ranked High Point University #1 among Regional Colleges in the South, and #1 for Best Undergraduate Teaching in Regional Colleges in the South. The environment of excellence transforms high school students into distinguished scholars who are prepared to tackle the challenges of the 21st century and thrive in an ever-changing global marketplace.

With more than 4,600 undergraduate students, High Point University is a small school with big school facilities. Its 16 varsity teams play at the NCAA Division I level. Students come to High Point from 48 states and 37 countries, providing the school with great diversity in student history and experience. Yet, High Point University offers its students a safe community that feels like home, where the average class size is 17 and professors don't just know students' names -- they know who they are and who they want to become.

Founded in 1924, High Point University has a strong academic history and is committed to building character, modeling values and ensuring that students graduate with not only the expertise in their disciplines but also with the skills necessary to be successful in life.


The cities of High Point, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem in North Carolina form the Piedmont Triad. With High Point University located in the center of the state, the Appalachian Mountains are two hours away and the Atlantic coast is three and a half hours away.

Academic Programs

High Point University is committed to academic excellence. With small classes, caring professors and a myriad of student success stories, HPU has positioned itself as a place for scholars to thrive. The array of majors is vast and each has been uniquely designed to challenge, inspire and transform.

The academic program includes 47 undergraduate majors, 51 undergraduate minors 12 pre professional programs and 13 graduate programs administered through the David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences, the Earl N. Phillips School of Business, the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication, the Wilson School of Commerce, the School of Education, the School of Health Sciences and the School of Pharmacy. A vibrant and engaging Honors Scholar Program recognizes and encourages creativity and academic achievement in top academic students.

The curriculum emphasizes the study of the liberal arts in the belief that there is no better way to encourage communication skills, critical thinking and personal integrity. The goal is to feed students' appetites for academic achievement and equip them for further education, the job market or lives of service. Within the classroom environment, students find High Point University professors to be engaging mentors, eager to share their own research and scholarly interests; and beyond the classroom students are constantly met with opportunities to learn in a very practical and innovative way. HPU's signature experiential learning program differentiates this collegiate experience from others, and reinforces what is taught in the classroom while providing students with resources for professional networking and deep, practical knowledge of their fields.

Throughout their years at High Point University, students are given real-world practical learning opportunities. The Office of Career and Internship Services team helps students secure internships and externships with such companies as NASA, MTV, Disney, Krispy Kreme, NBC, the Democratic and Republic National Conventions and Merrill Lynch. The networking connections that students are exposed to during internships help lead them to full-time positions, post-graduation.

Majors and Degrees

High Point University offers Bachelor of Arts degrees through the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication, and the School of Education. Bachelor of Science degrees are offered through the Earl N. Phillips School of Business and the School of Health Sciences. The David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Art and Design offer both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. Students may choose to study the following majors and concentrations.

In the School of Art and Design, students may major in Graphic Design and Digital Imaging, Interior Design, Studio Art, and Visual Merchandising Design.

In the Earl N. Phillips School of Business, students may major in Accounting, International Business, and Business Administration with a possible concentration in Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Sales, with a possible concentration in the Furniture Industry.

In the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication, students may major in Electronic Media Production, Game and Interactive Media Design, Journalism, Media and Popular Culture Studies and Strategic Communication.

In the School of Education, students may major in Elementary Education, Health and Physical Education, Secondary Education (9-12 Licensure), with sub areas in Biology, Comprehensive Science, English, History, and Mathematics; Special Education (K-12 Licensure); and Special Subjects (K-12 Licensure), with sub areas in Art Education and Spanish.

In the School of Health Sciences, students may major in Exercise Science.

In the David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences, students may major in Actuarial Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, English with sub areas in Literature and Writing, History, Human Relations, International Relations, Mathematical Economics, Mathematics, French and Francophone Studies, Spanish, Music with sub areas in Instrumental Studies, Piano/Organ and Voice, Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, and Theatre with sub areas in Performance, Technical, Dramatic Writing and Collaborative Theater.

Graduate Programs

The High Point University Graduate School provides leadership and excellence in graduate. The following programs are offered for students who are looking to pursue graduate degrees or specializations:

- Strategic Communication (M.A.)

- Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

- Educational Leadership (M.Ed.)

- Elementary Education (M.Ed.)

- Secondary Math (M.Ed.)

- Special Education (M.E.)

- Teaching Elementary Education K-6 (M.A.T.)

- Teaching Secondary Mathematics 9-12 (M.A.T.)

- Educational Administration (Add-on License)

- History (M.A.)

- Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

- Nonprofit Management (M.A.)

- Doctor of Physical Therapy (proposed - Fall 2017)

- Master of Physician Assistant Studies

- Doctor of Pharmacy (Fall 2016)

Academic Facilities

The Center for Student Success is a $16 million, 40,000-square-foot facility that is the central hub of activity for students preparing for job interviews, seeking career development opportunities and looking for ways to diversify their career skills. It houses the Office of Career and Internship Services, the Office of Study Abroad, the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works, the Center for Entrepreneurship, Service Learning, the Freshman Success Program and more. Parents of current students funded the cost of the center as the university continues to transform and grow. It provides valuable resources and expert guidance for students preparing for job interviews, seeking job opportunities and looking for ways to diversify their career skills.

HPU's Human Biomechanics and Physiology Lab is one of the most advanced of its kind. With state-of-the-art equipment and 13,150-square-feet of facility, the lab is capturing national attention. The lab's equipment includes a 24-camera motion analysis system, an environmental chamber that allows for temperature and altitude change, a DEXA scanner for bone density testing and an anti-gravity treadmill. This equipment allows for students to be involved in groundbreaking, high-impact research in the areas of injury prevention, rehabilitation and the effects of supplements on performance and recovery. The research will benefit active people, from professional athletes to weekend warriors, who suffer pain and injury by providing new examination and treatment methods.

The Nido R. Qubein School of Communication features 2 high-definition TV studios, audio recording studios, a screening theater, editing labs, a student-operated radio station, a nationally cited survey and research center, an interactive media and game design facility, and various computer labs. The school's Board of Advisers includes leaders in radio, television, newspaper and magazine companies across the nation, including Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak. David Neal, a 34-time Emmy award-winning producer, Fox's World Cup Coordinator, and one of the most decorated figures of sports television, was named chairman of the Advisory Board in 2012.

HPU's School of Art & Design emphasizes the importance of hand skills combined with technological proficiency in profession-specific software. Students studying in the School of Art and Design have access to cutting-edge equipment including a technology lab equipped with a laser cutter, CNC router and 3D printer that gives students the ability to produce to-scale models of furnishings or products at a degree of detail tempered only by their imaginations. They also have access to several design-specific computer labs, including a 20+station Mac lab with large screen Cintiq interactive pen displays that introduce students to programs like Sketch-Up, CAD, REVIT and the Adobe Suite.

The 31,000-square-foot, LEED Certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) School of Education houses the psychology department and the NCATE-accredited education school. The building is equipped with simulated classrooms where students practice creating the most effective teaching and learning environment. It also features clinical labs where psychology majors conduct hands-on testing and experiments.

The Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce holds the Center for Financial Research, which serves as a trading room and allows students to receive real-world, practical learning opportunities. The center includes teaching and research technology, including financial databases, investment software, professional accounting programs, a stock ticker dual-screen monitors, smart boards and world clocks. The building also contains a graphic design lab with 24 digital workstations -- each equipped with a Wacom touch screen monitor and an iMac on a movable arm to allow for an adjustable workspace.


High Point University has a student-faculty member ratio of 15:1 and an average class size of fewer than 17 students. More than 80% of faculty members have earned either Ph.D. degrees or other terminal degrees. Faculty members teach all classes -- HPU does not use any graduate students or assistants to teach class. The First-Year Student Success Team is responsible for providing appropriate academic and transitional support to first-year students applicable to all aspects of the student's life tasks: academic, personal, social and career. The coaches assist in this transition to college life. They serve as the academic advisor for the first year. Students are assigned to success coaches based on academic major.

Off-Campus Programs

With a variety of extraordinary options at some of the most prestigious universities in the world, students at High Point University are encouraged to travel abroad as early as the summer after their freshman year. The university has partnerships with 25 different universities in 20 different countries including Argentina, Australia, Austria, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, England, Fiji, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Spain and Wales.

An expanding Service Learning Program also provides more than a dozen courses with an off-campus service-learning component. These courses put students in community agencies committed to furthering the common good where they can see and experience first-hand the issues they discuss in class.

Student Involvement

With more than 100 student-led clubs and organizations represented on campus, HPU intentionally seeks to involve students in campus life through a diverse variety of platforms, including professional development association, fine arts clubs, fraternities and sororities, honors societies, an active student government organization, religious life clubs, service organizations, special-interest groups and more. In addition, High Point University students annually provide more than 110,000 hours of voluntary service to the local community.

Admission Requirements

Freshman applicants must be graduates of accredited secondary schools and must meet the minimum course requirements which are as follows: four English units, four mathematics units, three science units, three social studies units, and two foreign language units. Freshman applicants must submit their scores on the SAT or the ACT. International applicants should submit both TOEFL and SAT or ACT scores. Campus visits and personal interviews are strongly recommended.

Students who have completed Advanced Placement courses in high school and who have achieved scores of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement test administered by the College Board may receive credit at High Point University. Applicants may also receive credit for university-parallel courses successfully completed prior to enrollment at High Point University, including courses completed while in high school through dual-enrollment or international baccalaureate programs.

Application and Information

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions accepts online applications for enrollment on a competitive basis using the HPU online application or the common application.

HPU is a deadline admission university with freshmen deadlines as follows:

- Early Decision (binding) Application Deadline: November 2, 2015 -- Admissions Notification date of November 23, 2015.

- Early Action (non-binding) Application Deadline: November 16, 2015 -- Admissions Notification date of December 18, 2015.

- Regular Decision Application Deadline: March 1, 2016 -- Admissions Notification is rolling admissions.

Over 85% of enrolled students each year will apply using one of the two Early November application plans.

Official transcripts (high school and college, where applicable), one letter of recommendation and a Counselor Report Form must be sent directly to the university by the appropriate school official. Students should request that copies of their SAT, ACT, or TOEFL scores be sent to the Office of Admissions at High Point University by the testing agency. All requests for application materials and information should be directed to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

High Point University

833 Montlieu Avenue

High Point, North Carolina 27268-3598

United States of America

Phone: 336-841-9216

800-345-6993 (toll-free)

E-mail: admiss@highpoint.edu

Website: highpoint.edu


For the 2015-2016 academic year, High Point University's tuition and fees (including tuition, parking, laundry, entrance to athletic and cultural events, intramurals, Campus Concierge service, academic tutoring, library and media services and much more) for full-time students is $32,430; room and board ranges from $12,200(double room) - $21,000 (single-deluxe room).

Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Planning works diligently to assist students in their pursuit of postsecondary education at High Point University. Although the financial aid process can be complex, High Point's Financial Planning staff is well-trained and highly-qualified to make students' experiences positive and rewarding.

The following information will provide guidance in applying for need-based financial assistance from High Point University:

- Interested students should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) electronically by going to www.fafsa.ed.gov. The earliest that students may begin filing the FAFSA is January 1st of the senior year prior to the semester of entrance to HPU. Students should insure that they use HPU's school code (002933) on the FAFSA. Both student and parent will need to secure a PIN (Personal Identification Number) to electronically sign the FAFSA prior to filing. Students may obtain your PIN by going to www.pin.ed.gov.

The results from filing the FAFSA will be electronically transmitted to HPU for review. This form will produce an expected family contribution based on the family's financial data and will determine students' eligibility for HPU's need-based programs.

It is important to understand that HPU will not be able to estimate students' eligibility for need-based aid until the FAFSA is filed. While there is not a deadline date to the FAFSA, it is important to file as early as possible as HPU will be begin packaging students by March 1st. Once an aid package is developed, formal award letters will be sent to students listing the programs and amounts that HPU will be extending to them to assist with meeting their costs of education.

The Presidential Scholarship Program recognizes entering freshmen who, during their high school careers, demonstrated outstanding achievement, good citizenship, strong leadership and exceptional scholarship.

All major High Point University academic scholarships are awarded through the Presidential Scholarship Program. Your High Point University Undergraduate Admissions Application serves as your Presidential Scholarship Application; there is no separate application that you need to submit in order to be considered for the Presidential Scholarship Program. Please know that students who apply Early Decision or Early Action will be given priority consideration for scholarships.

An initial scholarship representing the majority or total of a student's merit award is included in qualifying student's acceptance to High Point University. Top Presidential Scholarship candidates will be invited to increase their initial scholarship amount by interviewing on campus during a Presidential Scholarship Weekend in February. All interviews will be conducted on the High Point University campus. Additional scholarship funds will be awarded in early March after interview teams and the University Scholarship Committee collaborate on each student's qualifications and award decision.

Only those persons invited to campus as a result of the preliminary evaluation may sit for interviews.

Location & Contact

833 Montlieu Avenue
High Point, NC 27268

Mr.Kerr Ramsay

Associate Vice President of Admissions

Phone: 336-841-9176
Fax: 336-888-6382
Email: kramsay@highpoint.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Actuarial Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration, Management and Operations Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Managerial Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Entrepreneurship
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Merchandising, Sales, and Marketing Operations Related (Specialized)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Nonprofit Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Communication
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Middle School Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Special Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Athletic Training
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Safety
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Graphic Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Interior Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


80% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied7,410
    • Accepted5,942
    • Acceptance Rate80%
    • Enrolled4,208
    • Female Applicants4,705
    • Females Accepted3,775
    • Female Acceptance Rate80%
    • Male Applicants2,705
    • Males Accepted2,167
    • Male Acceptance Rate80%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee$50
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Minimum high school GPA of 2
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.23
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen August 15th August 15th Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan November 1st November 23rd --
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer August 15th Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 547 499 591
    • SAT Math 555 510 601
    • SAT Writing 540 489 591
    • ACT Composite 24 21 26
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$28,600
    • Out-of-state tuition *$28,600
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$3,830
    • Room and board *$12,000
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students4,208
    • Male Student Percentage40%
    • Female Student Percentage60%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino4.09%
    • Black or African American5.23%
    • White or Caucasian81.46%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.43%
    • Asian1.26%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races3.97%
    • Unknown2.02%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout1.54% representing 28 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students78% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled, Male-only housing, Cooperative housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 92%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities Yes
    • Local sororities Yes
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Campus Civitan, College Life, Psi Chi, Habitat for Humanity
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported


Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 1 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Cheerleading No No No
    • Crew Yes No No
    • Cross-country running Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Equestrian sports Yes No No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Golf Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Lacrosse Yes Division 1 No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Volleyball Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Cheerleading No Yes Yes
    • Crew Yes No No
    • Cross-country running Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Equestrian sports Yes No No
    • Field hockey Yes No No
    • Golf Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Lacrosse Yes Division 1 No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 Yes


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty381
    • Full-time Percentage66%
    • Part-time Percentage34%
    • Female Percentage49%
    • Male Percentage51%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio15:1 or 3,864 students to 258 faculty




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