Academics

Location
High Point, NC
Undergrads
3,996
Tuition
$31,480
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Freshman

Academics: I am a biology major and the workload is challenging but I still find time to spend time with my friends and enjoy the activities that HPU has to offer. I spend a lot of time in the Learning Commons studying and in the School of Communication (my favorite study chairs are in these buildings). I am working with some of my professors to get a wildlife internship this summer in Florida and have visited the Office of Career and Internship Services too. I have several friends that are upperclassmen in Biology that give me advice about the best teachers to take, how to study for tests, etc.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I find the academics to be quite challenging, though I know there are definitely courses in which I have not be challenged thus far. The academics and overall learning environment is not quite as intellectual as some other schools.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Academics: I love my majors in International Relations and Religion. I would not change them because the faculty behind me is wonderful

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The Communications department is amazing. The President of the University is a well-known speaker so we have the best professors, equipment, studio space, editing equipment, and advisors. The Nido Qubein School of Communication is also one of the newest and most modern buildings on campus. There are different communications tracks: journalism, gaming, electronic media, strategic communications, etc. There is a heavy workload for this major but you will not get this hands on experience from some of the best professors in the country anywhere else.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Most of our classes are pretty good and have decent professors. There are some that have outstanding professors and some with less qualified ones, but that occurs everywhere.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 87th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 121st
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 566th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 837th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 932nd
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alex Palmer
Hometown
Lawrenceville NJ
Major
European History/Performance Theatre
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When it comes to academics at High Point, there is something for everyone. Some classes are easier than others, and some are harder. The difficulty level of classes is purely a personal assessment, as some students find certain subjects easier or harder than others. The workload is average and definitely manageable as long as you have good time-management skills. High Point has a great reputation as a school for interior design, business, and education. Other rising majors are communications, exercise science, and sports management. In a few years, it is possible that these programs will be very competitive and rank among High Point’s toughest majors.

The small class size and one-on-one attention are absolutely wonderful! Since HPU is a smaller school, you really get to know your professors, and they in turn get to know and care about you. It’s great to know that you can go to your professor after class and ask a question without feeling weird that he or she might not know who you are. Since there are absolutely no teaching assistants at High Point, you can always feel comfortable going to your professor's office hours to get extra help or even just to chat.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
16:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
209
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
132
Total FT Faculty
209
Faculty with Terminal Degree
77%
Average Faculty Salary
$57,443
Full-Time Retention Rate
75%
Part-Time Retention Rate
74%
Graduation Rate
61%
Programs/Majors Offered
52
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts & Science
  • Earl N. Phillips School of Business
  • Nido R. Qubein School of Communication
  • School of Art & Design
  • School of Education
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 8%
  • Communication Studies: 4%
  • Educational Administration: 3%
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Communications building - President Library
  • Hammocks behind the Slane Student Activity & Fitness Center
  • Slane Student Activity & Fitness Center - Starbucks
  • Slane Student Activity & Fitness Center pool
  • Smith Library (third and fourth floors)
  • University Center, third floor (the big comfy chairs in front of the front windows overlooking the campus and personal desks along the walls)
  • University Center, third floor balconies (only when it's warm out!)
Tips to Succeed
  • Be open to new things. When you first get to college, you should try to take advantage of everything you can.
  • Hard work will pay off in the long run. Even when you feel like you can get away with a "C" in a class-don't. Just do your work and push ahead with your studies. When you get your work done first, it's so much easier to go out and enjoy yourself.
Did You Know?
The University was first founded as High Point College in 1924.

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