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High Point, NC
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3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: There is so much stuff to do on campus that there really is not much of a need to leave.

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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Not the greatest neighborhood, but campus is very safe. Most people stay on campus all the time anyway

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The town is not really a college town so there aren't many nightlife spots, or parks. Many people end up going to Greensboro to do stuff off campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The campus is near larger cities with greater cultural events to choose from

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: High Point is a pretty small town compared to Winston Salem or Greensboro but there is always something to do in High Point. There are Passport Partners around town. The main place to go during the weekend is Palladium (there is a movie theatre, a few boutiques, lots of different places to eat and a brand new Belk just opened up right near the movie theatre). A few weeks ago HPU had a special Belk grand opening night and HPU students and staff could go shopping before the store opened. They had food and a DJ. If you want to get out of High Point, the HPU shuttle will take you to Hanes Mall for a few hours during the weekend. They are also campus activities events that take place in Winston and Greensboro that are open to all students if you sign up at the concierge desk. Recently, HPU took students to the circus, the harlem globetrotters, ice skating and monster jam.

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Alex Palmer
Lawrenceville NJ
European History/Performance Theatre
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When going off campus in High Point, it’s a crapshoot. Some people in town love the University students for the business they bring in; others, however, aren’t fans of the students and can be a little rude. Those people aren’t as common as the stereotypical friendly Southerns that mostly fill the town of High Point. The city, in general, works a lot with the University when it comes to buying land, new construction, and becoming a part of campus life. There are a ton of restaurants and stores in town that have become “Passport Partners” with the University and are always very accommodating to students. When given the choice, most students would rather spend their free time on campus. Trips into town or neighboring Greensboro and Winston-Salem are common but only for shopping, groceries, food, or a new movie. Students will take overnight trips to nearby Elon and Wake Forest to visit friends and explore a new party scene. Some other close attractions are the Four Seasons Town Centre in Greensboro, about 15 minutes away, and the North Carolina Zoo, located in Asheboro, about a 45-minute drive from campus.

Off-campus safety should always be a concern for any college student. When going off campus at High Point, the important thing to keep in mind is not to go into an area that looks unsafe. If your gut is telling you, “Hey, maybe I shouldn’t be walking alone at night down this random street,” chances are your instincts are right. Your best and safest bet is to stay on campus when you can, and when you can’t, just go out in a group and make smart decisions.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
High Point is the "Furniture Capital of the World" and hosts two international furniture expos a year.
Notable Natives
  • Fantasia Barrino - "American Idol" winner, recording artist
  • James P. Cain - United States Ambassador to Denmark
  • John Coltrane - jazz saxophonist
  • Bill Davis - owner of Bill Davis Racing of NASCAR
  • J.D. Hayworth - United States congressman
  • Elizabeth Horton - winner of the 2006 Miss North Carolina pageant
  • Adam Lazzara - lead singer of Taking Back Sunday
  • Jim Paschal - NASCAR driver
  • Heather Richardson - member of the United States Olympic Speedskating Team
  • Marty Snider - sportscaster
  • Maxwell Thurman - army general who helped develop the slogan, "Be All You Can Be"
  • Drew Weaver - professional golfer
  • Adrian Wilson - NFL player
Local Slang
  • Oh lord: Pronounced "Oh lawd"
  • Tea: Don't be mistaken and think that if you order tea at school or out to eat that you'll get unsweetened tea. All tea is served as sweet tea, as is the Southern tradition.
  • Ya'll: You all
Points of Interest
  • Angela Peterson Doll and Miniature Museum
  • Furnitureland South
  • High Point City Lake Park
  • High Point Public Library
  • Piedmont Environmental Center
  • Rosetta C. Baldwin Museum
  • Sechrest Gallery
  • World's Largest Chest of Drawers
Shopping Centers
  • Four Seasons Town Centre
  • Friendly Center
  • Tanger Outlets
Movie Theaters
Carmike 8
2705 N. Main St.
High Point
(336) 887-0101
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas Oak Hollow Mall 7
921 Eastchester Dr.
High Point
(336) 885-6900
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Charlotte, N.C.: : 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Greensboro, N.C.: : 15 minutes
  • Raleigh, N.C.: : 1 hour, 45 minutes
Did You Know?
The song "Wagon Wheel" by Old Crow Medicine Show is a favorite at High Point. In fact, almost any party you go to, you are guaranteed to hear it at least once during the night. So, get used to it now because it's inescapable.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 57 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 56 responses

  • 18% Painfully remote.
  • 45% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 21% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 14% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 2% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 56 responses

  • 12% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 54% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 34% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 55 responses

  • 38% No way.
  • 53% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 9% Totally.


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