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High Point University
Hpu seal lg79.jpg
Former names
High Point College (1924–1991)
Motto Nil Sine Numine (Latin)
Motto in English
Nothing Without Divine Guidance
Established 1924
Type Private
Endowment US$42 million[1]
President Nido Qubein
Academic staff
Students 4,500
Undergraduates 4,200
Postgraduates 319[3]
Location United States High Point, North Carolina, U.S.
Campus Suburban
380 acres
Colors Purple and white            
Athletics NCAA Division IBig South
Sports 16 varsity sports
Nickname Panthers
Mascot Prowler the Panther
Affiliations IAMSCU
Website www.highpoint.edu

High Point University is a private liberal arts university in High Point, North Carolina, U.S., affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded as High Point College in 1924, it became High Point University in October 1991.


Smith Library

In the mid-19th 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.[4] 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.[5] 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.

High Point University presidents
Nido R. Qubein Jacob C. Martinson, Jr. Charles R. Lucht Wendell M. Patton Dennis H. Cooke Gideon I. Humphreys Robert M. Andrews

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.[6] 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,[7] and by 2004 the University's endowment increased to $40 million.

In 2005, the university was only 92 acres and landlocked with a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,450. The university's operating budget was only $35 million with approximately 100 faculty members.[8] Since Dr. Nido R. Qubein became President of High Point University in 2005 the growth of the university has had significant impact on the city, region and the state of North Carolina. Donations from alumni, parents and supporters of HPU total about $214 million since 2006. In 2010, the university announced plans to invest about $2.1 billion in overall growth in the next decade. To date, High Point University has spent $1.2 billion on four new schools plus facilities, faculty and student services.[9]

Ashley Furniture Industries Chairman Ron Wanek donated $10 million to High Point University in 2013 after visiting HPU's president Dr. Nido R. Qubein. Wanek's gift to the university is the 10th contribution of $10 million or more that Qubein has received during his tenure.[9]

On September 14, 2014, the university celebrated its 90th anniversary.[10] As part of the commemoration, 90 facts about the university were featured in the News and Record on High Point University's Founders Day.[11] On January 3, 2015, Nido R. Qubein celebrated his 10th anniversary as president of High Point University.


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 108,285 live in High Point. Both Greensboro and Winston-Salem are twenty minutes from campus. East of the University are Raleigh (1½ hours away) and the Atlantic Ocean (3½ hours away); south of the University are Charlotte (1½ hours away) and Atlanta, Georgia (5 hours away); west of the University are the Appalachian Mountains (2 hours away) and north is Washington, D.C. (5 hours away).


The Kester International Promenade displays flags representing an international, diverse student body[12][13]

In 2012, High Point University had a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1 and a student retention rate of 79%.[14] The average class size 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).[15] In the Forbes Magazine listing, "America's Top Colleges," High Point University was ranked 559th nationwide out of 650.[16] Forbes Magazine only selected 650 out of 4,000 universities to rank. 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.[17] The ROI list rankings note that an HPU degree prepares students to secure jobs in their field that pay well based on Payscal.com data.

High Point University offers day and evening undergraduate degree programs (Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science) and evening graduate degree programs (Master of Education in Elementary Education, Master of Education in Educational Leadership, Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Organization, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Science in Sports Studies). A doctoral degree in Educational Leadership began in the fall of 2012.


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[edit]

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 School of Health Sciences[edit]

The new HPU School of Health Sciences and School of Pharmacy are currently two of the university's biggest illustrations of ongoing expansion. HPU has invested $80 million into a 170,000-square-foot building to house both programs.[9]

School of Pharmacy[edit]

High Point University is investing $100 million in a new, state-of-the-art facility built to house the School of Pharmacy and School of Health Science. The 65,000 square foot school is designed with the latest technology, retail pharmacy space, assessment suites, classrooms and teaching & research labs. The development of the School of Pharmacy is a part of High Point University's ten year, $1.2 billion investment in academic programs and facilities. The School of Pharmacy will accept its first professional class in 2016. By design, High Point University will have the smallest pharmacy class size in North Carolina (80) with a low student to faculty ratio (9:1).

Currently the School of Pharmacy is seeking accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC).

In 2012 Dr. Ronald Ragan accepted the position of Professor and Founding Dean of the School of Pharmacy at High Point University. He is responsible for the design and development of the new School of Pharmacy, including accreditation of the program and construction of a new Pharmacy Building. Dr. Ragan was recruited from the University of Kansas.[18] In addition to Dr. Ragan, the School of Pharmacy boasts notable faculty members Dr. Peter Gal - Associate Dean for Academic Affairs,[19] Dr. Earle Lingle - Associate Dean for Student and Professional Affairs,[20] Dr. Scott Hemby - Chair of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences,[21] and Dr. Joy Greene - Assistant Dean for Experiential Education.[22]

High Point University's School of Pharmacy was recently featured in US Airways Magazine [23] and Our State Magazine.[24]

Nido Qubein School of Communication[edit]

The Nido Qubein School of Communication features two high definition television production studios, a multi-track audio recording studio, editing suites, computer labs and a high-definition surround sound theatre-screening room.

High Point University currently offers five concentrations including Electronic Media Production (Developing Audio and Video Productions), Game and Interactive Media Design, Journalism (Converged Broadcast, Online, and Print), Media and Popular Culture Studies (History, Criticism, and Analysis), Sport Communication Strategic Communication (Health Communication, Social Media, Advertising, and Public Relations). In the fall of 2015, the school will offer three new communication majors: a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with an emphasis in Sport Communication (Reporting, Broadcast Performance, and Multimedia Production), a Bachelor of Arts in Documentary Media and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with an emphasis in Sport & Event Management (Marketing and Promotions, Community Relations, Facility and Operations, Compliance, Ticketing, and Development).

Annually, the top sixteen incoming communication majors are granted membership into High Point University’s Media Fellows Program. The Media Fellows Program application is available to students who plan to major in Journalism, Electronic Media, Strategic Communication, Games and Interactive Design or Media and Popular Culture Studies.

High Point University also offers a five-year B.A. to M.A. degree in strategic communication with specializations in either health communication or public relations. Students begin graduate courses in their senior year with courses counting toward both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. They then spend one additional year taking graduate courses and earn a master’s degree.

Communication majors have landed full-time positions and internships at companies such as National Air and Space Museum, Walt Disney World, Office Depot, Procter & Gamble, Seventeen magazine and many more.

Academic programs[edit]

Bonner Leader Program[edit]

The Bonner Leader Program is a part of a nationwide network of 70+ colleges and universities affiliated with and guided by the Bonner Leader Foundation. The Bonner Leader Program at High Point University began during the 2013-2014 academic year. The program is composed of six juniors and seniors and two service learning faculty. The Bonner Leader Program is a four-year responsibility. Students commit to 5–7 hours of community service each week, culminating in over 200 hours of community service during each academic year.

HPU Poll/Survey Research Center[edit]

The Survey Research Center began at High Point University in March 2010. HPU Poll surveys people in North Carolina and other states about public affairs issues and reports the results as a public service. Since 2010, members of the HPU Poll have asked questions about approval of public officials in North Carolina and current political issues such as the economy, health care, education, and the threat of terrorism. For each High Point University Poll, the Survey Research Center staff posts press releases, summary memos that give details about survey methods and content, and presentations that highlight a selection of survey questions. HPU's Survey Research Center also supports faculty and student collaboration by managing and consulting on student-faculty research projects.

The Survey Research Center is based in the Nido Qubein School of Communication.

Human Biomechanics and Physiology Lab[edit]

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. Exercise science is now the third largest major on campus with Biology ranking number 5.

Media Fellows Program[edit]

Each year 16 incoming communication majors are granted membership into High Point University’s Media Fellows Program through the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication. Media Fellows live in a living-learning community their freshman year and have options to travel abroad. During their college career, Media Fellows also participate in summer internships at national media companies, participate in seminars related to their major and produce a Capstone project their senior year.

Pre-professional programs[edit]

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.


In 2005, traditional undergraduate enrollment was 1,450. In 2013, High Point University welcomed 4,000 students to campus, an increase by 176 percent. 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. For the class of 2017, the mid-range SAT scores for high school seniors applying to the university was 1000 to 1200. The mean SAT range for Critical Reading and Math was 1100 and the mean ACT Composite score for entering freshmen was 24. The average GPA on a 4.0 scale was a 3.3 un-weighted. 80% of the class was made up of students who were from states outside of North Carolina, and the class represented 41 states and 20 countries.

In the class of 2014, there were 54 students who received the titles of either National Merit Scholars, valedictorians, salutatorians or high school student government presidents. 307 students had Advanced Placement Courses from high school, earning over 1272 credit hours in 23 different subjects. Several students earned the distinction of Eagle Scout or Gold Award recipient during high school, and there were 15 languages spoken fluently among the class. The top ten states represented by the class were North Carolina, Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Virginia, Ohio and Florida. The class is 74% Caucasian, 6% African American, 3% Hispanic or Latin American, 1% Asian or Asian-American, and 16% Other.[25]

Student life[edit]

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.

Career and Internship Services[edit]

The Office of Career and Internship Services at High Point University helps students explore their career interests, identify their strengths, and develop a plan that will prepare them for life after graduation. As a part of the Four Year Career Plan, HPU Career advisors help students with freshman career planning, establishing a LinkedIn profile, updating resumes, creating an effective cover letter, applying for graduate school and applying for internships and jobs. The Office of Career and Internship Services also offers an externship course aimed at second semester freshmen and sophomores seeking career-based experience and skill development.

Students who have utilized the Office of Career and Internship Services have landed internships at regional, national, and global organizations such as Ashley Furniture, CBS, CNN, Hearst Magazines, Living Social, Michael Kors, Microsoft, NASA, Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine, and Vineyard Vines.

Cultural Enrichment Series/Access to Innovators[edit]

Students are provided with Access to Innovators, which has brought scores of world-renowned thought-leaders and speakers to campus, including Mitch Albom, Steve Forbes, Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin, John C. Maxwell, Thomas Friedman, Ken Dychtwald, and CNN Justice Correspondent Pamela Brown (journalist). Guest speakers are selected to provide students and the community the opportunity to understand diverse viewpoints, positions and backgrounds.

The Cultural Enrichment Series was named the Community Enrichment Series in 2014. Guests to campus in the 2014-2015 year included Dutch artist Theo Jansen, digital art pioneer Barbara Nessim, sports television announcer Bob Rathbun,[26] Navy Seal Rob O'Neill,[27] pianist Marvin Blickenstaff, and artist Mariyah Sultan.[28] These events are open to students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community.

On January 20, 2015, High Point University announced via a tweet that Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone will be speaking at the school on April 15, 2015. He will speak about the "power of connection."[29]

High Point University also offers students the chance to expand their movie repertoire with the Faculty Film Series, which features faculty-selected films to be shown on campus in the Extraordinaire Cinema and Qubein Screening Room. Films included in the series connect with specific courses being taught on campus during the semester.

Greek life[edit]

There are currently 14 Greek organizations on campus governed by the following councils:

Panhellenic Council (NPC) - Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Gamma Delta, Kappa Delta, Phi Mu, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Zeta Tau Alpha.

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) - Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Zeta Phi Beta.

Interfraternity Council (IFC) - Pi Kappa Alpha, Pi Kappa Phi, Beta Theta Pi, Kappa Alpha Order, Kappa Sigma.[30]

Many Greek students are University Ambassadors, Division I athletes, Resident Assistants, Peer Mentors, Campus Activity Team members, and Presidential Scholars. Students at High Point University cannot become members of a Greek organization on campus until they have completed at least one semester. Recruitment begins in October and November and ends in January. Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA.

Study abroad[edit]

In recent years, the number of study abroad programs (38) has nearly quadrupled. High Point University offers semester-long programs to Argentina, Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, Ecuador, England, Fiji, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Spain and Wales. Students can study abroad as early as their freshman year at High Point University. In addition to traditional study abroad programs, High Point University also offers Global Experience programs. These "Maymester" programs are short-term study abroad programs led by High Point University faculty members.

Honor societies[edit]

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).

Commencement speakers[edit]

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 was selected as the 2014 Commencement speaker. Prior to his appearance on campus, Colin Powell gained the university and city of High Point national publicity. The news network CNN ranked High Point University and Colin Powell’s address as fifth in the country for a segment titled “2014’s Big-Name College Commencement Speakers.”[31] The morning of commencement, ABC News streamed the entirety of High Point University's graduation ceremony live on their news website. Additionally, The Huffington Post featured a video of Powell's commencement speech citing key pieces of advice he shared with the High Point University Class of 2014 on May 3.[32]

In August 2014, High Point University announced that the distinguished journalist Tom Brokaw would be the 2015 commencement speaker. Brokaw is best known as the anchor and managing editor for NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.[33]

National Advisory Board[edit]

The National Board of Advisors is composed of Fortune 500 CEOs and thought leaders who have impacted the United States of America and the world in significant ways. Most recently, HPU announced they have appointed Dr. Anthony Atala [34] of Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine [35] to their National Board of Advisors.

Other distinguished members include General Colin Powell and Steve Wozniak,[36] Dr. James Moeser, chancellor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Ron Wanek, founder and chairman of Ashley Furniture; Marty Flanagan, president and CEO of Invesco Ltd.; Kelly King, chairman and CEO of BB&T; Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, CEO & Owner of Pace Communications, Chairwoman of the American Red Cross and former U.S. Ambassador to Finland; Kurt L. Darrow, President and CEO of La-Z-Boy; Rich Handler, CEO and Director of Leucadia and CEO and Chairman of the Board for Jeffries Group; Tim Belk, chairman and CEO of Belk Stores, and David King, CEO of LabCorp.

Notable Alumni[edit]

President Nido R. Qubein[edit]

Nido R. Qubein is a businessman, motivational speaker, and President of High Point University since 2005. He received his Associate degree in Business from Mount Olive College, where he was a member of ΔΠΔ (Delta Pi Delta) fraternity. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Human Relations from High Point University in 1970, and his Master of Science in Business Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Bryan School of Business & Economics in 1973; in 2009, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters in Humanity degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Qubein is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the National Speakers Association Foundation. He has served as Chairman of the Great Harvest Bread Company since 2001[4] and on the Board of Directors of BB&T since 1990 and La-Z-Boy Corporation since 2006.

Qubein was best friend's with famous DJ personality Casey Kasem.[38] In 2013, The Biography Channel aired a 26-minute documentary titled Nido Qubein: A Life of Success and Significance. In late 2014, the film earned an Emmy Award nomination in the “Current Affairs” category of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Nashville/Mid South region.

Community involvement[edit]

In 2011, students in the High Point University School of Education partnered with The Montlieu Academy of Technology in High Point to allow students the opportunity to use iPads in the classroom. The iPads given to the school were funded by High Point University, Businesses for Excellence in Education, the William B. Millis Fund of the High Point Community Foundation and the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation. In 2014, an article in The High Point Enterprise stated that the iPads donated to Montlieu Academy had positive results.[39]


Main article: High Point Panthers

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. In recent years, HPU has won nine Big South Conference Championships, produced 10 Conference Players of the Year; and more than 130 HPU athletes have received Big South All-Academic Honors.

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.[40] 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.[41]

The 2010-2011 women's lacrosse team success led to other accomplishments in 2013. The assistant women's lacrosse coach Lauren Norris was selected to coach the 2013 Israel National Lacrosse Team in the 2013 FIL Women's World Cup.

In the fourth round of the 2013 Major League Soccer (MLS) Supplemental Draft, the Columbus Crew picked High Point University senior midfielder Shawn Sloan.

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, equestrian and ice hockey.[42]

In the fall of 2013, the High Point University field hockey team qualified for the national tournament in Virginia Beach with a 6-2-0 season. The club equestrian team is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).

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 the Witcher Athletic Center at Vert Stadium (track, soccer, lacrosse).[43]

In May 2009, former University of North Carolina captain Scott Cherry was named head coach of men's basketball.

High Point University broke ground on a 31,500 square-foot facility in 2013. The facility will house a 120-seat academic center as well as athletic training rooms. The newest building on campus will also include new locker rooms and lounges for men's and women's lacrosse and soccer teams, as well as offices for coaches and support staff members.

In May 2014, High Point University announced the appointment of Dan Hauser as the new Athletic Director, effective July 1, 2014. Hauser has spent the last eight years as Senior Associate Athletic Director at Ohio University. He previously served as Director of Marketing at Wake Forest University.

Publications and media[edit]

  • High Point University Magazine, for alumni
  • The Apogee, the literary magazine
  • Black Script
  • Campus Chronicle, rated one of the Top 20 campus newspapers in the United States by the American Scholastic Press Association
  • HPU Radio, student produced and broadcast via Hpuradio.com
  • Zenith, yearbook
  • "HPU Sports Link", Broadcasts HPU athletics live online

In May 2013, HPU graduates Collin Smith and Ernest Greene were featured on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, and Fox & Friends Christmas Special. Smith was a three-sport athlete in high school before a car accident left him paralyzed from the chest down. Greene was a member of Smith's church when the accident occurred and volunteered his time throughout Smith's college career to help him get ready for school and take notes during his classes. Smith graduated in 2013 and Greene received an honorary degree during the Commencement Ceremony.

In Fall 2013, High Point University President Nido R. Qubein made a live appearance on CNBC's Squawk Box to discuss the American Dream and the importance of a holistic education.

Sechrest gallery[edit]

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, George Harvey, Emile Louis Picault, Elsie Popkin, and Antonio Zucchi and Angelica Kauffman. The gallery is housed within the Hayworth Fine Arts Center.[44]


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 an icecream truck.[45] In early 2012 Businessweek reported that about $700 million in new building and campus upgrades was financed by heavy borrowing and Moody’s Investors Service 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.[45] The U.S. Department of Education's "financial responsibility" score for the 2012 and 2013 fiscal year has High Point University scoring the highest possible score of 3, putting the university ahead of Elon University, Duke University, and Davidson College.[46] 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.[45] 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.[45]


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