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Founded in 1924, High Point University is a private, comprehensive institution that is rooted in the liberal arts. The University is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and dedicated to the Judeo-Christian principles of inclusiveness and diversity.

The vision of High Point University is to be a nationally prominent, private institution recognized for the excellence of its academic programs, the depth of its values-based culture, the breadth of its inclusiveness, and the strength of its commitment to helping students lead lives of significance. The mission of High Point University is to deliver educational experiences that enlighten, challenge, and prepare students to lead lives of significance in complex global communities.

Ten things to know about High Point University:

1. Our Motto: At High Point University every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. We live it, we mean it, we execute it!

2. Academics: Academics come first at High Point University. To that end, in the fall of 2010 we implemented the restructuring of the University curriculum to a four-hour core. This is a strictly academic move that will increase diversity, rigor, and student engagement and allow for greater depth and breadth of study at all levels. It’s a 21st century curriculum for 21st century students.

3. Character-Building: High Point University is listed on The Templeton Guide’s Top 100 Honor Roll for character-building colleges and universities. We believe in a holistic approach to education, where learning extends well beyond the classroom walls.

4. The President’s Seminar: As a freshman at High Point, your son or daughter will have the unique opportunity to take the President’s Seminar from Dr. Nido Qubein, a man who came to America at 17 years of age with no money, no connections, and little knowledge of English and went on to become one of this country’s top business leaders, speakers, and authors. The President will teach all freshmen in a required class revealing his strategies for success in business and in life, covering topics from the fundamentals of leadership to persuasive presentation techniques to self-esteem and confidence.

5. Bragging Rights: High Point University is on the move! We are consistently named the #1 School to Watch in our category by U.S. News & World Report and #3 and rising among comprehensive colleges in the South. This year Forbes Magazine named HPU among the top 7% of colleges nationwide and Parade Magazine named High Point as one of the top 24 private liberal arts universities in America!

6. Experimental Learning: HPU students can study abroad for a May term, summer term, or full semester at over 20 countries around the world, focusing on subjects such as Art in Italy, Business and Economics at Oxford University in England, Chinese life and culture in China, or Sports Management at Bond University in Australia! Additionally, our Career Counseling Center is available to students from day one, helping your son or daughter engage in real life experiences and plan for internships that lead to solid career path or graduate school.

7. The Campus Concierge: Need information on local shopping, restaurants or movie listings? Need advice on local transportation? Perhaps your student needs a repair in his or her dorm room. The Campus Concierge is here to help! From organizing transportation to airports during University breaks to making dinner reservations when you come to visit your student, the Campus Concierge is a one-stop-shop for all the information and services you or your student need.

8. Dorm Life" Our on-campus living is second to none! All of our residence hall rooms are either brand new or recently renovated, so your student feels secure in his or her home away from home. Cl

9. Moral Values: We believe you can’t teach values, but you can model them, and we do that every day with things like our free snack kiosks modeling the value of generosity, our Concierge desks and community service opportunities modeling the value of service to others, and our ice cream truck modeling the value of joy. Our students feel that we care about them and when that happens, they in turn care more deeply for others.

10. The WOW Factor: At High Point University, the Director of “WOW!” works with staff members campus-wide to ensure that our students live in an extraordinary, very clean, and safe environment. From statues and quotes of great thinkers in history to live concerts- like O.A.R. and Gavin DeGraw — to academically stimulating guest speakers like Rudy Giuliani, Bill Cosby, Tom Friedman, Mitch Albom, Justice Clarence Thomas, and this year’s commencement speaker, Lance Armstrong, High Point University is an inspiring place. From statues and quotes of great thinkers in history to live concerts—like O.A.R. and Gavin


Degree Programs: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education.

Majors: Actuarial Science, Accounting, Art Education, Athletic Training, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Business Administration with a Concentration in Entrepreneurship, Chemistry, Collaborative Theater, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Dramatic Writing, Electronic Media, Elementary Education, English Literature, English Writing, Exercise Science, French, Games and Interactive Media Design, Graphic Design and Digital Imaging, Health/Physical Education, History, Home Furnishings, Human Relations, Individualized Major, Instrumental Studies, Interior Design, International Business, International Relations, Journalism, Mathematical Economics, Mathematics, Media and Popular Culture Studies, Middle Grades Education, Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Performance Theater, Philosophy, Physics, Piano/Organ, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Spanish, Special Education, Strategic Communication, Studio Art, Technical Theater, Voice. Students may also develop their own contracts for degree programs.

Special Programs: Pre-professional studies leading to medical, dental, pharmacy, or physician assistant school, engineering, forestry school, law school, theological seminary, physical/occupational therapy or other professional training.

Experiential Learning: HPU is committed to offering students an education grounded in the development of character, personal responsibility and a sense of civic duty. During the 2009-2010 academic year, HPU students completed thousands of hours of community service. Career counseling and development provides students with a competitive edge. More than 300 undergraduate students participated in internships and related experiences in the 2009-2010 academic year, and nearly 40 graduate students held internships. Short-term study programs, increasingly popular among HPU students, include opportunities in Ireland, Spain, Italy, France, Australia, and domestic destinations such as Alaska, the Mississippi River delta, Washington, D.C.

First Year Seminar: The goal of first year seminars is to introduce first year students at High Point University to college-level inquiry, and to facilitate their intellectual transition from high school learners to university scholars. First year seminars reflect a special research/creative interest or expertise of the faculty teaching them, and, where possible, require you to read primary texts—not course textbooks—and to engage in experiential learning. We encourage you to use your First Year Seminar to broaden your horizons: choose a course with a topic that interests you, but which you perhaps haven’t explored in the past and which isn’t in the same subject or field as your intended major. The First Year Seminar program’s aim is to provide new college students with examples and enticements of the benefits of searching curiosity, sophisticated intellectual inquiry, and life-long learning.

Academic Services Center: The Academic Services Center provides a wide range of services to promote success in the classroom and enhance students’ academic experience. Among these services are: tutors for undergraduate courses, Writing Fellows, Student Success Workshops, disability accommodations, and individual consultations with ASC staff. ASC programs are aimed at meeting the academic and life skill needs of High Point University students. Students are encouraged to participate in program planning for workshops and other services.

Honors Program: The High Point University Honors Program offers a series of enriching, challenging and intellectually stimulating learning opportunities – both curricular and co-curricular – for creative and academically superior students to cultivate their potential as fully as possible. To be admitted to the Honors Program, an entering student must have a predicted grade point average of 3.45 at the time of application. Enrolled students must also have a 3.45 GPA to be eligible for admission to the program. To graduate with All University Honors, a student in the program must achieve a 3.45 GPA in both honors and non-honors courses. A minimum of 32 semester hours of honors courses must be taken, including a senior symposium.

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Financial Aid

High Point University offers financial aid from the federal student financial aid programs, North Carolina state programs, and High Point University programs. The FAFSA must be completed to be considered for any need-based financial aid. The financial aid program is administered without regard to age, handicap, race, color, sex, religion, or national origin.

Federal Student Financial Aid Programs

High Point University participates in the federal student financial aid programs. The federal student financial aid programs include the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work-Study, the Federal Perkins Loan, and all Federal Direct loan programs.

North Carolina State Financial Aid Program

The North Carolina Legislative Tuition Grant (NCLTG) is available to legal North Carolina residents. The 2009-2010 NCLTG provided a grant in the amount of $1850 for the academic year. The application and the eligibility requirements may be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Planning. The NCLTG is not based on financial need, and the student does not have to complete the FAFSA to be considered for the NCLTG. Amounts are contingent on the NC General Assembly. The North Carolina State Contractual Scholarship Fund for Needy North Carolinians (SCSF) is available to legal North Carolina residents demonstrating a financial need. The North Carolina State Student Incentive Grant (NCSIG) is available to legal North Carolina residents demonstrating an exceptional financial need. The student must submit the FAFSA no later than March 15 to be considered for the NCSIG.

High Point University Need-Based Grant Program

High Point University offers a need-based grant. The application process is the same as for the federal student financial aid programs as explained in The Student Financial Planning Bulletin which may be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Planning. The priority deadline to apply for the High Point University Need-based Grant is March 1. The FAFSA qualifies a student for consideration under any of the financial aid programs administered by the University. The majority of financial aid offered will be “packages” made up of aid from one or more of four basic sources—scholarships (both merit and need-based), grants- in-aid, student employment, and loans. In addition, many students receive aid from outside sources.

Academic Scholarships

High scholastic achievement is the primary criterion for academic scholarships. In order to be eligible for consideration, a student must have obtained an overall average of B or above in all academic work undertaken. Recipients must maintain a B average for scholarships to be renewed. Financial need is a consideration for many scholarships. Any scholarship is terminated if a student interrupts full-time enrollment other than summer sessions. All scholarships require the student to be enrolled full-time. Presidential Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis through an interview process held each February on Presidential Scholarship Interview Day. These scholarships include Presidential/Honors, Presidential, and Fellows.

Scholarships for International Study

Students who intend to apply for international scholarships for graduate study (e.g., Fulbright, Rhodes, Rotary) should secure information descriptive of these scholarships during their first semester of enrollment, and they should participate in workshops conducted by the International Studies Committee for students who wish to apply for such scholarships. Although expectations differ according to the scholarship, successful candidates for these scholarships have certain credentials which must be established throughout their University careers. Other Scholarship Funds are provided through the generosity of individuals, business firms, and civic organizations.

Leadership and Service Awards

The William Swanson and Helen Faris Wray Endowment was established in 1996 through gifts from their son, Dr. Morris G. Wray. The income from the endowment will underwrite four awards annually: the University Award for Achievement, Citizenship, Leadership, and Service. Recipients of the awards are selected annually by a committee appointed by the Vice President for Student Life. The awards are presented on Honors Day by the University President.

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Freshman Class Profile—Fall, 2010

Total Applications Received: 5956

Acceptance Rate: 67.7%

Freshman Enrolled: 1210

73% of this year’s freshmen applied Early Decision or Early Action

Mid-range SAT scores for entering freshmen: 990-1180

Mean SAT score (CR & Math) for entering freshmen: 1092

Mean ACT Composite score for entering freshmen: 24

80% of the students in this year’s class ranked in the top half of their graduating classes.

Average GPA on a 4.0 scale: 3.14

Students in the Class of 2014 represent 39 states (including Washington, DC) and 14 countries (including: Bahamas, Bermuda, Cameroon, Canada, England, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Liberia, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay and the Virgin Islands.)

Top 10 states by percent of enrolled freshmen: (1) North Carolina 22% (2) Maryland 14% (3) New Jersey 9% (4) Massachusetts 8.5% (5) Connecticut 8% (6) New York 7.8% (7) Virginia 6% (8) Pennsylvania 4% (9) Ohio 3% (10) Florida 2.7%

African American: 5.8%

American Indian or Alaskan Native: 5.7%

Asian or Asian-American: 1.5%

Caucasian: 74%

Hispanic or Latin American: 2.6%

Other: 1.4%

Unknown/Not Reported: 9%

42% Male

58% Female

98% of freshmen live on campus. High Point University’s on campus accommodations include 13 residence halls, including 5 apartment and townhouse communities.

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