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Reviews 1214 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Class size is what drew me to High Point, and the professors are what made me stay. I am working on a B.S. in psychology and it makes me very happy to know that every single professor is several times published, and a few are even in the head of their field. There are no assistant professors in the psychology department, and the university as a whole does not use TAs. There are students who are paid to take extra notes and lead study sessions, but they do not teach. High Point University is not just a pretty face, it truly is pressing forward and ensuring that the education we pay for is extraordinary. Class sizes in more major-specific classes remain small, usually under 25 students, labs usually have 12-15, and lectures for classes such as intro to biology or other gen-eds can be bigger, up to 30 students. Professors always stress that they are available for extra help, have office hours at least every other day, and truly do care about our success.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The alumni network of High Point always surprises me. I am finding more and more that I meet alumni who have achieved great things all over the country. If I visit family in California and wear a High Point University t-shirt there will be somebody who says they attended or a family member attended. Despite the downfalls of Student Life at HPU, the dogged loyalty all alumni have to one another is impressive. There are frequent job and internship fairs, and the university works closely with the furniture market in town so students looking for interior design or business majors get a lot of hands on experience. Professors care about your academic success, and also your continued success outside of the university.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have always felt safe walking around campus at night. It is well lit and security drives by every few minutes. If it is late on the weekends and you are walking alone some often offer to drive you where you're going. When I was a freshman and sophomore there was a problem with the blue emergency lights in that none of them were actually working. This is possibly because there has never really been a need for them, but that's not a real reason for them not to be functional. While I have never felt particularly unsafe walking around, I know many girls who have been assaulted and even raped in the dorms. It is the expectation that daddy's money will solve everything that the boys have, and the university's desire to keep everything quiet and maintain the perfect picture it has created that enables this. Nothing is being done to stop it, and in all the cases of rape that I know, the amount of victim blaming is out of control, Student Life makes the problem worse, and nothing is done to punish the boys who did it.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: After attaining sophomore status it was very easy to get into the housing that I wanted. Some of the most sought after housing options are extremely difficult to get, but no more than at any other university. Every option is excellent, clean, and comfortable. And if there's ever a problem, campus enhancement (not just maintenance) will handle it swiftly.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek Life has taken a nosedive in the last few years at High Point. If you aren't Greek, you don't matter, which creates a good amount of resentment from the independent students on campus. There have been several recent scandals involving hazing in fraternities and sororities. In all honesty there are roughly two sororities on campus that do good for the community and represent the good things a sorority should be. The same can be said for fraternities. The only reason more isn't heard about the awful things the fraternity brothers get up to is because they're all very rich and the university would prefer to sweep any incidents under the rug than deal with them publicly.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Basketball is the biggest sport on campus, men's and women's. There is a lot of pride in the teams and everybody knows the players well. The athletes are (surprisingly) held to the same standards as other students and are expected to maintain a certain GPA or will be benched or cut from the team. Like most other universities, this often means that they're given special treatment to make sure they maintain those standards. However, the players are almost all genuine and hard-working people so that does not feel like a bad thing. Volleyball and lacrosse are the runners up in athletics at HPU, again because the teams typically do well in the Big South tournaments and are fun to watch. Overall the student body lacks in school spirit, but the people who attend the sporting events make up for it.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: High Point University insists that it is an extraordinary environment with caring faculty and extraordinary students. The word Extraordinary is, honestly, used too freely. While I have found it true that professors care, truly want you to succeed, and will do pretty much anything to help you, other things are nowhere near as extraordinary as they should be. In fact, the only good thing about my experience here has been my academic adviser and my professors. Students are generally stuck-up and reek of new money, and you're only a person if you are an athlete or in Greek Life. I initially chose High Point for the small class sizes and the fact that I met the president strolling around campus and chatting with students. At what other college can you walk up to the president and he remembers your name? I was stunned. But unless you have daddy's money in your pocket, the staff who run Student Life could not care less about you. Unfortunately, you're just a number and they will do their very best to squeeze every penny from you, and make sure that you are trapped in a system of inadequacy. The only thing that they care about are themselves, and so in that regard High Point University has failed me. The university's tenacious drive to become something better and entice new students with the shiniest of facilities and programs has worked, and I can say I am proud of how much it has grown in my time here. I would not have been accepted were I applying today, and I believe that is a good thing. I was an average student who didn't try, and got in on my high ACT score and ability to charm the man who interviewed me. I do believe that when I graduate I will be able to find a start to my career, and I know that the alumni services will help with that. Again, the best part of HPU is not the people but the professors. I would be nowhere without them and their dedication to education. That is what is extraordinary about HPU.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I've had some amazing teachers who are extremely passionate about their work and have taught me a lot. I've also had some teachers who were good but just not my favorite.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I think my school is an up and coming school. It's ratings continue to improve and more and more people are beginning to hear about it. Over time I believe the value of my degree is going to go up.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: MY school is safe. I have never felt uncomfortable walking around, even very late at night for several reasons. 1. The campus is extremely well lit, no sketchy dark walks home. 2. There are a lot of security cameras pretty much everywhere. 3. Our school security drives around often throughout campus, like every 10-20 minutes often. Also if I needed them they have a very short response time. Finally 4. We have those emergency posts scattered throughout campus and if there was an emergency I could push that and as mentioned, it being a small campus with a lot of security officers on duty at all times the response time is very short.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: While the housing itself is very high quality, the whole system is biased. My school offers dorms on different levels called tiers, so tier one is just your basic housing, tier two you get a bigger room or your own room depending on where you live, tier three is your own room and is even bigger, and then tier four is obviously the biggest and the best rooms. However for every tier you move up it costs extra money, and a lot of it. Moving up to tier two would cost me about an extra $3000 a year. As someone who is not trying to pay off student loans my whole life I am choosing to stay tier one. The worst part is for sophomore there is no available housing on the main campus for tier 1 students, forcing me to move into dorm down the street from main campus. While technically I will still be living "on campus" I will either have to drive or take a trolley to the main campus for all my classes, most of the food options, the library and its a hassle. My only tier 1 option on campus would be to move into a freshman dorm and live with freshman, which obviously I don't want to do. The whole process of actually selecting my dorm for next year was frustrating beyond belief. The actually signing up for my dorm too was also stressful and difficult because of the way some people get priority housing and get to choose before everyone else so you have to wait and pray that the place you want to live hasn't already been filled. Most of my friends and old roommates could not get into the dorm they wanted.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is very popular at my school. The whole Greek community is very involved in their philanthropies and often have fun charity events around campus to raise money for them. Other fraternities and sororities will often come out and make this events attendance higher and make the events more successful.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The school has a great athletic program but it definitely is not one of those schools who revolves around sports.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love my school. The whole atmosphere constantly pushes you to take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities available. They encourage hardworking and dedicated students. Freshman year was a big adjustment but the school was very supportive.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Every school has their positives and negatives however, I believe that my schools positives out weigh any possible negatives that it might have in comparison to other Universities.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are a few popular bars/clubs that people go to. It seems to be pretty easy to get alcohol at these places if you're underage, but I've never been so I don't really know.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are usually parties every Friday and Saturday night.

Parties are usually either in Greek Village or Centennial.

It's not a major party school, but you can typically find one if you want.

Sometimes Security breaks up the parties.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I wouldn't say the academics are "extraordinary," but they are decent.

The registration process is pretty easy, but if you're a freshman or sophomore you probably won't get into all of your first choices.

Learning Excellence is a program to help people with academics. I'm not in it so I don't know much about it, but I do know that they get priority registration and have to log a certain number of study hours each week. LE is not free.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are not a lot of people from different backgrounds, but I've never heard of anyone being discriminated or treated differently because of their backgrounds.

There are a lot of students with a lot of money, but there are still some on full scholarships/financial aid. You won't be treated differently because of your economic background.

Most students seem to lean conservative, but there is not a lot of discussion of politics.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking (including underage drinking) is pretty prevalent at parties, but you can still have a good time if you don't drink. Most students drink, but I think you have that at any school.

If you walk around Greek Village or Centennial on a Friday or Saturday night you will probably run into a few drunk people. I've never had a negative experience with drunk people.

Security will bust parties if they get too out of hand, and all of the frats have additional security, but they're not very strict. You typically have to be on the list to get into a party.

Some people smoke weed and sometimes you can smell it in the dorms, but people typically don't smoke at parties.

I'm sure there is some use of harder drugs, just like at any school, but I do not know of anyone who uses them.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus, even in the middle of the night. Campus is extremely well-lit and Security is really good. I see them all the time. High Point is different from a lot of schools in that not just anyone can drive onto campus, especially at night. They are very strict about who they let on campus after 8pm (mostly just students).

The area around High Point U (parts of the city of High Point) is a little sketchy, but there is a fence/wall around all of campus.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors really care about their students. Class sizes are relatively small, usually around 20-30 people for gen eds.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I'm a freshman, so I haven't used the career services, but they seem very helpful. I know a lot of students and gotten internships and jobs from big companies.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshmen housing is great, but you upperclassmen (sophomores and up) typically end up living in university owned housing off campus. You are required to live in university owned housing for the first three years, and most people end up living in it all four years. There are not many other options.

Housing for sophomores is the worst, because they choose last (of the upperclassmen, upperclassmen are not allowed to live in freshmen housing).

York and Blessing are the best freshmen dorms, but the only one that is really bad is Finch, which is all freshmen boys.

If you want nice housing or a single, you're going to have to pay more. Housing is split up into tiers based on how much it costs, and there is not much of the lowest cost tier available for upperclassmen.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is big. Sororities are bigger than fraternities, but it's the frats the host the parties. The majority of Greeks party, but partying is definitely not mandatory for fitting into greek life.

Most girls who rush get into a sorority, but I'm not sure about how hard it is to get into a fraternity.

Each sorority and fraternity has a minimum GPA, and you won't be able to join if you don't meet the minimum. If your GPA drops after you become a member you are typically put in academic probation. Each sorority/fraternity has a different minimum and different consequences. Sororities typically have higher minimum GPAs than fraternities.

Each sorority/fraternity also has a philanthropy and members are expected to attend and help out with philanthropy events.

Greek housing is nice, but it's expensive.

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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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