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3 College Senior

Athletics: not a lot of school spirit

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The team facilities are very good; however, there is not enough school spirit.

5 College Senior

Athletics: High Point offers top of the line athletic facilities and are constantly updating and innovating

4 College Freshman

Athletics: It's great! It's purple!

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The purple panther and fan support is incredible


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The athletics department at High Point is growing and getting better every year! In 2010, the women’s soccer and volleyball teams both made it to the first round of the NCAA championship. The women’s lacrosse team won the National Lacrosse Conference Championship in its inaugural season. All this plus outstanding years for HPU men’s baseball, soccer, and basketball. Every year, High Point gets better and better and is seen as a contender within the Division I Big South Conference. Students attend sporting events, but they are sadly more likely to attend the men’s sports than the women’s. Although the women’s teams do spectacularly, the men’s sports tend to attract more attention. The atmosphere at games isn’t like at a large school; it’s more personal. Since High Point is a smaller university, there is a higher chance that you actually know the athletes participating. Everyone wants to see their friends do well and that is a major reason people attend the sporting events.

Whether participating or spectating at a sporting event, students are surrounded by state-of-the-art facilities. All of the athletic facilities have either been renovated or are brand-new. They are flawlessly maintained and cleaned, and are absolutely beautiful. The best part about attending games is that it’s free for students! For those students who are so inspired by the athletes, HPU offers a plethora of club and intramural sports. If anything, the intramural sports get the most competitive.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Big South Conference
School Colors
Purple and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
122 - 9%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
136 - 6%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Basketball
  • Brazilian Jiujitsu
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Flag football
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Millis Center
  • Steele Sports Center
  • Vert Stadium
  • Willard Stadium
Most Popular Sports
Men's basketball and men's soccer
Most Overlooked Teams
Men's baseball, women's soccer, volleyball
School Spirit
Spirit at HPU can be a bit lacking. While the school tries really hard to get people involved, it only succeeds part of the time. The main problem is that HPU doesn't have football and thus no tailgates. As a Southern school without a football team, HPU takes a big blow to the spirited atmosphere concerning sports. Most students would rather spend time pre-gaming or getting ready to go out than getting all hot and sweaty at a basketball game. This isn't to say that people don't go to the games, either. There are always people in attendance to support their friends on the teams or to just catch a free game. Sports are certainly not shunned at HPU, but because there aren't tailgates and most students at the games are sober, it's not the crazy, rowdy atmosphere experienced at larger schools.
Getting Tickets
Student tickets to all sporting events on campus are free. You just swipe your passport and head on in to any event. There's also the Panther's Den, which is a student cheering section for basketball games. The Panther's Den members get special seating and are known for their distracting chants and noise-making throughout the games. To join Panther's Den, you pay a $20 fee which covers your seating, T-shirts, and helps pay for props to further mess with the opposing team.
Best Place to Take a Walk
High Point's campus is gorgeous and filled with flowers, trees, fountains, and walkways for the student body's enjoyment. There are, however, a few places on campus that the avid walker or just someone looking to stroll about on a lovely North Carolina day might want to hit: Kester International Promenade, David R. Hayworth Park, and if you don't mind taking a quick trip off campus, then Oak Hollow Lake. The promenade provides students with soothing classical music, inspirational quotes in the pavement, and statues of world-renowned figures such as Ghandi, Thomas Jefferson, and Marie Curie. Hayworth Park is great for relaxing in hammocks, enjoying the sun, or cooling off by the lake. And for those really looking to get lost in their surroundings, Oak Hollow has a pristine lake, large open spaces, and is a great place for picnics!

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 114 responses

  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 30% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 61% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 7% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 112 responses

  • 34% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 27% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 38% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 114 responses

  • 22% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 59% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 14% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 5% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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