High Point University
|High Point University|
|Motto||Nil Sine Numine (Latin)|
|Motto in English||Nothing Without Divine Guidance|
|Location||High Point, North Carolina, U.S.|
|Colors||Purple and white|
|Athletics||NCAA Division I Big South Conference
16 varsity sports
|Mascot||Prowler the Panther|
High Point University is a private liberal arts university in High Point, North Carolina, U.S., affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It was founded in 1924. In 2012, the University had a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1 and a student retention rate of 79%. The average class size at High Point University is 17 students.
In the mid nineteenth century, the Methodist Protestant Church, which is now part of the United Methodist Church, became active in educational pursuits in North Carolina. In 1921, after some years of consideration, the statewide governing body of the Methodist Protestant Church voted to establish a college. Shortly afterwards the church accepted an offer from the citizens of High Point to contribute 60 acres (240,000 m2) of land and $100,000 to the project, placing the new school in the city of High Point. The campus was designed by R. E. Mitchell of Washington, D.C., assisted by Herbert Hunter of High Point, in the English Renaissance style. The school was founded in 1924 as High Point College, a joint venture between the Methodist Protestant Church and the citizens of High Point, and officially opened its doors on September 14, 1924. When the college opened, the campus consisted of three buildings, attended by nine faculty members, with a student enrollment of 122.
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The steadfast growth that characterized the birth of the College ended abruptly with the Great Depression. This period was difficult for the College in 1932–33, as faculty salaries were cut and expenses were sometimes bartered. Despite a $50,000 fund raising campaign, the College declared bankruptcy on June 15, 1934 and reorganization in an effort to reduce its indebtedness. Subsequent reorganization enabled the College to move forward with business and renewed expansion.
On October 9, 1991, the Board of Trustees changed the name of High Point College to High Point University to reflect post-graduate degree programs. Coinciding with the offering of graduate studies, several improvements and building additions were made to the campus, and by 2004 the University's endowment increased to $40 million.
Together, Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem, along with the surrounding suburbs and townships, form the Piedmont Triad region, an area with a population over 1.5 million. Of that number, approximately 100,342 live in High Point. Both Greensboro and Winston-Salem are twenty minutes from campus. East of the University are Raleigh, NC (1½ hours away) and the Atlantic Ocean (3½ hours away); south of the University are Charlotte, NC (1½ hours away) and Atlanta, GA (5 hours away); west of the University are the Appalachian Mountains (2 hours away) and north is Washington, DC (5 hours away).
In 2012, High Point University had a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1 and a student retention rate of 79%. The average class size at High Point University is 17 students and no student teachers or teacher assistants instruct classes.
In 2014, High Point University received three No. 1 rankings in "America's Best Colleges," published annually by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings included No. 1 Best Regional College in the South (second consecutive year), No. 1 Up and Coming School in Regional Colleges in the South (second consecutive year), and No. 1 for Best Undergraduate Teaching in Regional Colleges in the South. The ranking was among a peer group of #2 John Brown University (Arkansas), #3 Meredith College (NC), #4 Asbury University (KY), and #5 Florida Southern College (FL). In Forbes Magazine listing, "America's Top Colleges," High Point University was ranked 559th nationwide out of 650. In August 2013, Affordable Colleges Online ranked High Point University No. 8 among 35 colleges in North Carolina based on the return on investment versus the cost of tuition and fees.
Schools at High Point include the College of Arts and Sciences, the Phillips School of Business, the Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce, the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication, the The School of Art and Design, the School of Health Sciences, and the School of Education. A School of Pharmacy is projected to open in 2017.
The School of Education opened in August 2012. The building is 31,000-square-foot and includes smart boards, a children's book library, math and science touch screen games, a methods lab designed to look and feel like a real elementary school classroom, a Mac lab and psychology research booths.
The High Point University Human Biomechanics and Physiology Lab opened in November 2012 and contains a 3D motion analysis system for documenting how the body responds during individual movements using sensors, high-speed motion capture cameras and force plates.
Pre-professional studies are also offered, leading to medical, dental, pharmacy, or physician assistant school, engineering, forestry school, law school, theological seminary, or other professional training.
Based on data gathered from the incoming class of 2012, approximately 8,200 applications were reviewed. There was a 61% acceptance rate, with 1,333 enrolling. 78% of the freshmen class applied Early Decision or Early Action. The mid-range SAT scores for high school seniors applying to the university was 1010-1190. The mean SAT range for Critical Reading and Math was 1106 and the mean ACT Composite score for entering freshmen was 24. 80% of students were ranked in the top half of their graduating classes and the average GPA on a 4.0 scale was 3.33 unweighted.
In the class of 2015, there are 40 National Merit Scholars, Valedictorians, Salutatorians and High School Student Government Presidents. 416 students had Advanced Placement Courses from high school, earning over 2819 credit hours. 30 students earned the distinction of Eagle Scout or Gold Award recipient during high school, 40 students had family members who attended High Point University and there are 14 languages spoken fluently among the class. The 2015 class represents 41 states (including Washington, DC) and 9 countries. The top ten states represented at High Point University are North Carolina, Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Virginia, Ohio and Florida. The class also holds the record of bringing total enrollment to the highest enrollment number in High Point University's history.
High Point University is a residential campus by design, with 19 residence halls in total. All High Point University students are required to reside on campus until they have reached senior status, unless they commute from their parent's permanent address. There are currently 15 Greek organizations on campus governed by the following councils:
Honor societies at High Point University include the Order of the Lighted Lamp, Alpha Chi (both recognize academic achievement), Alpha Delta Omega (Human Relations), Beta Beta Beta (Biology), Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish), Pi Delta Phi (French), Phi Sigma Iota (Foreign Language), Lambda Pi Eta (Communications), Alpha Sigma Lambda (Adult Learners), Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science), Kappa Delta Pi (Education), Delta Mu Delta (Business), Psi Chi (Psychology), Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice), and Sigma Tau Delta (International English Honors Society).
In recent years, the school has brought high-profile speakers to campus, including former President George W. Bush, former President Bill Clinton, former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, televangelist pioneer Rev. Robert Schuller, Queen Noor of Jordan, television legend Bill Cosby, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, astronaut and children's book author Buzz Aldrin, Coca-Cola Company Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent, the former U.S. First Lady Laura Bush, and Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple. Colin L. Powell has been retained to be the 2014 Commencement speaker.
- Cody Allen - Major League Baseball pitcher for the Cleveland Indians. Drafted in the 23rd Round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft
- Elizabeth Carty - Miss North Carolina Teen USA
- Dick Culler – Major League Baseball player
- Austin Dillon – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion, 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion
- Lauch Faircloth – former United States Senator (R-NC)
- Donna Fargo – Grammy-winning country music singer/songwriter
- Issa Konare – PBL Basketball player for the Vermont Frost Heaves and plays for Senegal's national team
- Gene Littles – former ABA basketball player and NBA coach
- Jack Lucas – youngest Marine to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor
- Robert "50" Martin – professional basketball player Atlanta Vision; former And1 streetballer
- Taylor Milne – Canadian Olympian in the 1500m
- Nido Qubein – President of High Point University, and world renowned speaker
- Arizona Reid – professional basketball player for the Geneve Devils
- Tubby Smith – NCAA coach and assistant coach of the 2000 U.S. Men's Basketball Team
- Donald Marriott - Former Pro Tennis Player and N.C. State Tennis Champion 2003 and Tennis Pro for Donald Trump
The High Point Panthers include HPU's 16 athletic teams that compete at the NCAA Division I level, mostly in the Big South Conference. HPU's 16 varsity sports are baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's indoor track & field, men's and women's outdoor track & field and women's volleyball.
The 2010–11 season was the most successful since High Point University joined NCAA Division I in 1999–2000. In the fall, the women's soccer team and women's volleyball team won Big South Tournaments and the men's soccer team won the Big South regular season. In the spring, the women's lacrosse team won the National Lacrosse Conference tournament and set a record for wins by a first-year program, with 15.
High Point University also fields the following sports at the club level: men's and women's basketball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's rowing, running, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, women's field hockey, softball, ultimate frisbee and equestrian.
Donations to High Point University's Athletic Department have exceeded $30 million. The primary athletics facilities at High Point University are the Millis Center (basketball, volleyball), Williard Stadium (baseball) and Vert Stadium (track, soccer, lacrosse).
In January 2008, Wake Forest University associate athletic director Craig Keilitz was appointed High Point University's Director of Athletics. In May 2009, former University of North Carolina captain Scott Cherry was named head coach of men's basketball.
Publications and media
- High Point University Magazine, for alumni
- The Apogee, the university literary magazine
- Black Script
- Campus Chronicle, rated one of the Top 20 campus newspapers in the nation by the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA)
- HPU Radio, student produced and broadcast via Hpuradio.com
- Zenith, yearbook
- "HPU Sports Link", Broadcasts HPU athletics live online.
A permanent collection of original works donated to the University by High Point Alumnus Darrell L. Sechrest. Among others, the permanent collection includes works by Christian Dietrich, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Allesandro Gherardini, El Greco, Sir George Harvey Emile Louis Picault, Elsie Popkin, and Antonio Zucchi and Angelica Kauffman. The gallery is housed within the Hayworth Fine Arts Center on the campus of High Point University.
Since taking office in 2005, President Nido Qubein has been adding campus buildings and creating student amenities such as concierge services, an on-campus steak house, free carwashes, and a roving ice-cream truck. Businessweek reported that about $700 million in new building and campus upgrades was financed by heavy borrowing and Moody’s Investor Services downgraded the school’s bonds to junk status in 2009 due to the school's position as one of the most heavily-leveraged colleges in the country. The university countered that it has an innovative and financially sound plan for the future. The U.S. Department of Education's "financial responsibility" score for the 2012 fiscal year has High Point University scoring the highest possible score of 3, putting the university ahead of Elon University, Duke University and Davidson. Businessweek responded by inviting the school to make financial documents available to support any challenges to the article's accuracy, but none were offered in response. In addition to questioning debt levels, Businessweek challenged whether the school's relationships with its lenders and vendors were at an appropriate arm's-length, citing in particular that the school spends large marketing dollars with a public relations firm headed by the president's daughter. The college's claims to a growing reputation in higher education were challenged as being based more on high-end student amenities and marketing strategy than on solid academics.
- As of June 30, 2011. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2011 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2010 to FY 2011" (PDF). 2011 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved June 16, 2011.
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- Sizemore, F. J., ed. The Buildings and the Builders of a City: High Point, North Carolina. High Point: Hall Printing Company, 1947. p. 318-319
- Robinson, Blackwell P., and Alexander R. Stoesen. The History of Guilford County, North Carolina, U.S.A. to 1980, A.D. Greensboro: The Guilford County Bicentennial Commission, 1980. p. 233
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- http://web.archive.org/web/20040928204703/http://www.high-point.net/edc/2002annrpt.pdf%7C High Point Economic Development Corporation Website
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- US News and World Report
- Forbes magazine
- Affordable Colleges Online
- High Point University Greek Life Wesbite 
- High Point University Panthers - High Point leads Sasser Cup standings after fall. Highpointpanthers.com (2010-12-01). Retrieved on 2013-08-09.
- High Point University Panthers - HPU women's lacrosse finishes season with loss to No. 2 UNC. Highpointpanthers.com (2011-05-06). Retrieved on 2013-08-09.
- High Point University Panthers - Club Sports at HPU. Highpointpanthers.com. Retrieved on 2013-08-09.
- High Point University Panthers - Vert Stadium features new Mondo 3NX artificial turf. Highpointpanthers.com (2011-04-07). Retrieved on 2013-08-09.
- Bloomberg Businessweek, April 19, 2012, "BubbleU: High Point University."
- The High Point Enterprise, April 26, 2012.
- [http://studentaid.ed.gov/about/data-center/school/composite-scores Student Aid, February 28, 2014]
- McCaslin, Dr. Richard B., Remembered Be Thy Blessings: High Point University: The College Years, 1924–1991. High Point University, 1995.
- High Point University official website
- "Bubble U" Boomberg Businessweek 2012 article on HPU.
- 'Club Ed: This University Is at Your Service' Chronicle of Higher Education 7-4-08
- High Point University student yearbooks on DigitalNC.org