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Reviews 821 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Not Awful – High Point is definitely no Manhattan, especially not night life wise. But chances are if you grew up in a small town High Point will be more than sufficiently exciting. Every Wednesday through Saturday you can always find something going on weather it is a party on campus or one of the popular off campus bars. You can sometimes get a bracelet underage if you are friendly with the security at the bars but otherwise you get a good chance of getting thrown you if you're spotted drinking underage at a bar.

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1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Virtually None – If you're a presidential scholar you'll do ok but otherwise your best bet is to apply for scholarships outside of the university

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I lived in the standard dorms (no extra cost) last year and even they were definitely miles above what you would see for freshman dorms at most schools.

4 College Freshman

Academics: So far, all my professors have been good. They are available if you need help.

4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is usually nice. We have all four seasons. This winter was very mild. Summers hot and humid though.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Hard to "fit in" if you are not in a certain clique. Cliques are formed and outsiders are not included - especially with the Greeks.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I don't really see much diversity here..

4 College Student

Diversity: We're a Worldly Campus – We've got students from all around the world - it's awesome!

5 College Student

Overall Experience: I Love It Here – High Point is the best and I'd pick it all over again!

5 College Student

Transportation: Campus Trolleys Are the Best – They're clean, convenient, and almost always running.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Good place to learn – Even after reading many negative reviews on HPU's academics, I still chose it as my college. Today, I am feeling proud of my decision. Advisors are friendly, caring and are capable enough to guide you. Faculty and staff respond to your emails immediately and are always willing to help you with study doubts. The thing I love the most is the free walk-in tutoring. Students can also arrange a tutor for their specific course free of cost. Workload does not pressurize the students. If you concentrate on your classes the whole semester, you are good to get a B+ or an A. However, this does not apply to Art, Languages, and a few other courses. Instructors, instead of sticking to the textbook, bring in a lot of practical examples which helps the student to understand the real world rather than simple theories. I enjoyed my transition to college and I am thankful to High Point University for making my college life wonderful.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: There are a lot of really nice computers available all the time on campus. Mostly Macs

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: If you're looking to come to here but require a lot of scholarships/aid : THINK TWICE!! The school is not worth the loans you are going to need. Even the President says "we dont give discounts at this school"

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1 College Freshman

Facilities: Go greek or go home. If you're looking for a campus where you will meet a lot of genuine, friendly, or kind-hearted people HPU is not the place. The greek system has such a strong presence on campus that you might as well transfer if you don't get in. Even if you do get into a sorority you're screwed if it's not one of the "top tier" ones and will be constantly mocked by the rest of the school. And don't forget what happens to the girls in the good ones. They are essentially told that their sisters highly recommend they do not associate with people lower than them on the totem pole. High Point has the exact same f-ed up high school hierarchy that most people expect to escape in college except it's like hs on crack...well actually cocaine that is. Which a huge portion of the student body, including almost the entire "brotherhood" of an extremely important faculty member's son, regularly use during their greek events.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Macs on Macs on Macs – Lots of macs on campus...not a lot of teachers with macs. It kinda creates some issues but the schools computers are undeniably nice.

2 College Freshman

Academics: So So – The academics are average. I can honestly say 3 of the worst 4 teachers I have ever had were my professors this past year but at the same time the single best teacher i've ever had was also. It's basically hit or miss, either your professor is absolutely amazing or absolutely terrible. A lot of the academic advisors suck at their jobs, are no help at all, and don't even remember their advisee's names. The whole "caring people" part of the schools mantra is b.s.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Security is pretty much impossible to miss on campus.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Good at Pleasing Students, but Not Academically Prestigous – HPU is fantastic with customer service. However, the education that I am getting is not as competitive as the education I would receive other places.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Security is definitely present, but not necessarily a strong force that is going to get you in trouble

5 College Junior

Facilities: HPU works very hard to maintain all of their facilities in the most perfect condition

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Don't Venture Far – While campus life is beautiful and safe, the city of High Point is not always ideal. It is what most students would call the "ghetto", and is a bit unsafe (HPU has even built a brick wall around it's entire campus to protect the students inside). Campus safety is not a problem, but once you're outside you should be careful. There is not much to do off campus other than go to the movie theater or some of the local restaurants (although most rarely go off campus for food). The best mall/outlet areas are all about 20-30 minutes away, so if you know someone with a car they can be a fun afternoon trip.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Quickly Becoming an Integral Part of Campus – Greek life can seem overwhelming, but it provides a very easy way to get involved. The Greek system is increasingly becoming a larger and larger part of campus. This can be both good and bad. I took part in rush and joined a sorority on campus, and it made my university experience much better than my first semester. It is extremely expensive, and the pledge classes are getting so big that it almost contradicts the purpose of being involved--you make many acquaintances but very few close friends. Since the pledge classes are larger, almost everyone already has a group of friends that they rushed with, and in general the school is very clique-y. The school caters primarily to the Greeks through its club funding and focuses many of its events (such as Derby Day) on the Greeks. So many people are a part that it makes people who normally wouldn't be interested to feel pressure, but being on both sides of that my personal experience was that it felt much better to have events to attend and an instant connection to certain people, whether it be close or not. Also, if you want to party, then Greek life is for you. If you don't, some sororities/fraternities may be fine for you but there are some you might want to stay away from.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Best Thing About HPU – Campus housing and campus dining are the two best things about High Point University. Campus housing is far better and more pampering than the average college student needs. Each dorm has its perks. In terms of freshman housing, the Complex may not be the nicest but it is one of the more friendly dorms on campus and is the best for meeting new people. The UC also has a better community feeling, but is very loud. York Hall, the honors and athletic housing, is fantastic, although sometimes it's harder to get to know people because of the quiet hours and single-room set-up. The 24/7 quiet hours are great though considering most of the dorms on campus are pretty loud, especially the UC and apartments. During freshman year, almost everyone runs into some sort of roommate issue.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Better Than Most Schools in the Country – Like any school, campus dining can get repetitive and boring, but that can be avoided as long as you are open to trying new things. High Point offers more restaurants than most small private schools do, and are planning to add more in the future. The facilities are all extremely nice, and the food tastes great, even if it may not be very healthy. Beware of the Freshman 15. The Great Day Bakery is good for lunch on weekends, and The Point has a more social/sporty atmosphere for dinners. You learn to love the cafe for its variety--diverse foods are pretty scarce on campus--almost all dining is American cuisine.
The Prime Steakhouse is one of the biggest perks of being a student here. Amazing food and service--but be sure to try new things! Don't get the same thing every time you go or it won't be as special of an occasion.

2 College Freshman

Academics: Depends on What You Want – If you are looking for a light course load and easy content, it should be sufficient. If not, the professors often baby their students. Course load is really light with the exception of exam time. Many courses will disappoint, especially non-honors classes. My freshman English class was on par with a seventh grade level. Smaller classes make for more personal interactions, but many professors aren't as helpful and have limited office hours. The 4-credit system makes it difficult to fit all courses within the credit limit, and registration is just as awful as any other school--don't expect to get many of the classes you want unless you have Honors Priority registration. The university is against TAs, which means less course sections and availability. My advisor was not helpful and always discouraged me from taking many of the classes I wanted. Academic and technological resources are top-notch, although the library is small compared to most schools.

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Alex Palmer
Lawrenceville NJ
European History/Performance Theatre
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Overall, the HPU experience is nothing less than “extraordinary." Most students are happy to be attending such a fantastic school and are actually sad to be going home at breaks. The campus has such a welcoming atmosphere that students feel that they are at home no matter how far they have to travel to get there. Students become so involved with friends, clubs, sports, and organizations on campus that leaving all of that to go home is sad for a lot of students. When it comes to preparing students for the future, High Point gives them every opportunity, and all they have to do is take it. High Point produces well-rounded students who are prepared to enter graduate school or the job market as soon as they graduate. With a focus on a real world experience in the University's education, students leave HPU with the competence to jump into the workforce. Through internships and hands-on classroom work, students can feel confident they have the skills to succeed.

High Point is different from so many other schools because it is a small school with large-school facilities. The University has the resources of big schools, but the friendly and caring atmosphere and personal attention of a smaller institution. Professors know students by name and take an interest with what they are doing in and out of the classroom. High Point values a student's whole education, not what is just limited to the classroom. The professors and administration work on molding students not just academically, but also instilling in them a sense of generosity, self-awareness, and kindness toward their environment and fellow man.

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