HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY FACTS AND FIGURES INTRODUCTION
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.
"America's Best Colleges," 2013 Edition, published in the U.S. News & World Report ranks HPU No. 1 among all regional colleges in the South and No. 1 among Up and Coming Schools in Regional Colleges in the South. Six years ago HPU was No. 15 in the rankings.
Founded in 1924, HPU is an 88-year-old liberal arts institution located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina.
HPU has 44 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 11 graduate-degree majors.
HPU has been selected, for the third time, in the list of "Colleges of Distinction." It was selected due to distinction in four major categories: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.
HPU has been designated as a Tree Campus USA by the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources for three consecutive years. The designation is given to college campuses for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship. HPU is one of five colleges in NC to receive the designation.
HPU's Interior Design Program is ranked one of the top 10 undergraduate design programs in the country by "DesignIntelligence" journal. The rankings are part of the 11th annual "America's Best Architectural and Design Schools" study.
HPU is a member of NCAA Division I athletics and has 16 varsity sports -- eight men's and eight women's. The newest varsity sports are women's lacrosse, which began in 2011, and men's lacrosse, which will begin in 2013.
The traditional undergraduate program has grown from 1,450 in 2005 to a record high of 3,900 in fall 2012. 3,650 of the traditional undergraduate program students will live on campus.
Freshman enrollment has gone from 370 in 2005 to over 1,250 in fall 2012.
HPU has 3,900 undergraduate students and 500 evening degree and graduate students, for a total of 4,400 students.
HPU has 1,100 full-time employees. This is up 156% from 2005. HPU is the eighth largest employer in the city of High Point.
Forty-seven new buildings have been built or are under construction on the HPU campus since 2005.
High Point University-owned property has grown from 92 to 325 acres and from 675,000 square feet of building space to over 3,000,000 million square feet of building space.
HPU received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to begin the first doctoral degree program in its history in educational leadership. The doctoral program welcomed its first cohort this fall.
The new 31,000 square foot School of Education opened in August and features Georgian style structure with a grand entry and many prominent windows to provide natural lighting. The two-story building houses the psychology and education departments in technologically advanced classrooms, computer labs and offices. It also has its own resource center, library and study lounge. The School of Education meets LEED (Land Environment Economics and Development) Certification. This certification is a rating system for "green" buildings developed by the Green Building Environmental Council of the United States (USGBC) and provides certain environmental standards for construction.
New programs in the School of Health Sciences are underway. Dr. Daniel Erb is dean of the school, which will create approximately 70 jobs between faculty and support staff and will bring 500 new students to High Point. The school will house the current undergraduate programs in exercise science and athletic training, as well as proposed graduate programs in physician assistant studies and physical therapy. Advanced biomechanics and human physiology/performance laboratories are being constructed in temporary space in the former Circuit City building at Oak Hollow Mall. The laboratories will house sophisticated research equipment to be utilized by students studying a variety of fields including physical therapy, exercise science, athletic training, biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics and more.
HPU has invested $100 million in state-of-the-art technology over the past six years, including a number of specialty labs for music, art, investing, graphic design, new library technology and more as its expansion plan continues.
Without a formal campaign, High Point University has added another $11 million in contributions this year from alumni, friends and parents. The university raised more than $172 million in the last six years.