About High Point University
Welcome freshmen. Welcome upperclassmen. At High Point University, we love our students. We're committed to ensure that your college experience is academically, spiritually and socially significant.
We care about you. We listen to you. We want to partner with you to create an extraordinary experience for one and all. From this day forward, we are destined to achieve great things. We want to be the best of the best... on ALL counts. And our family of faculty, staff, alumni and supporters are onboard with our bold and courageous vision.
What a vision we have!
To grow our rigorous academics with new facilities, expanded faculty, and national recognition. To enhance the student life experience with new residence halls, state-of-the-art student center, athletic complex, plus music, Greek life ... the works! To brand High Point University nationally and internationally (new Web site, national public relations, area awareness campaign, HPU Press, etc.).
We mean what we say. Look around you. We're investing $250 million in the transformation of High Point University and we've already constructed 14 new buildings and two stadiums, purchased 60 acres, and enhanced student life in abundant ways. We invested a ton of TLC to show you that we care. We've only just begun. Onwards and upwards we travel together.
Please know that High Point University is a student-centered institution. Here, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people.
Welcome to your university. Let us know how you feel, what you think and what we should do together.
To know where High Point University is headed in the future, one must have knowledge of our past.
In 1924 High Point College opened as a cooperative venture between the Methodist Protestant Church and the City of High Point. The campus consisted of three partially completed buildings, there were nine faculty members, and student enrollment was 122. Today the University has 40 buildings, is attractively landscaped, the full-time faculty numbers nearly 150, and approximately 3,300 students are enrolled in a wide variety of daytime, evening, and summer programs. Much has changed over the years. Yet the mission of High Point University may still be best expressed in the words of its founders more than six decades ago: "to help us to appreciate and to love our own, to know our needs and opportunities, and to make ourselves more efficient servants of Christ."
The Methodist Protestant Church, which is now part of The United Methodist Church, first became active in educational pursuits in North Carolina in the middle of the 19th century. Of the various institutions which it sponsored, the most ambitious was Yadkin College, which operated in Davidson County from 1856 to 1895 but failed because of its isolated rural location.
At the turn of the century, the vision of a church-related college was revived by The Reverend Joseph F. McCulloch of Greensboro, who labored for nearly a quarter-century to make it a reality. The Annual Conference finally voted to proceed in 1921. Shortly afterwards it accepted an offer from the thriving city of High Point to contribute 60 acres of land and $100,000 to the project. Classes began in September 1924, even as the finishing touches were still being added to the original buildings.
The atmosphere of confidence which attended the birth of the College ended abruptly with the Great Depression. For many years thereafter, the struggle to survive was a severe one. Faculty salaries were eventually in arrears by as much as fifteen years, while students occasionally paid tuition in chickens, pigs, and vegetables. In 1934 the College underwent bankruptcy and reorganization in an effort to reduce its indebtedness. Yet slowly this situation began to improve. By the end of the decade, library and gymnasium facilities had been added, and (with W.P.A. assistance) an athletic stadium was constructed. During World War II, the College hosted the 326th College Training Detachment of the U.S. Army Air Force. Financial stability ultimately returned with the liquidation of the debt in 1945.
The postwar decades brought renewed prosperity and rapid growth. Under the influences of the G.I. Bill and the "baby boom" of the 1940s and 1950s, enrollment more than tripled, with a corresponding increase in staff. The College's programs received full regional accreditation in 1951. Additional facilities were added in response to this growth in size and professionalism: four residence halls between 1953 and 1968, two classroom buildings, a second gymnasium, an auditorium, a chapel, and a campus center. Crowning the physical expansion was Smith Library, completed in the spring of 1984, with a capacity three times the size of the former facility. The original men's residence hall was replaced in 1987 with a 221-resident facility. The Millis Athletic/Convocation Center was opened in late 1992 and provides facilities for convocations, physical education, athletic, and health activities.
On October 9, 1991, by the action of the Board of Trustees, the name of High Point College was changed to High Point University.
High Point University offers day and evening undergraduate degree programs (Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science) and evening graduate degree programs (Master of Science in Sports Studies, Master of Education in Elementary Education, Master of Education in Educational Leadership, Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Organization and Master of Business Administration). In addition, several study abroad programs are available to undergraduate students. High Point University in England offers a Junior Year Abroad program in conjunction with the University of Leeds for credit towards their degree. Also, through special arrangement, students can spend the fall semester of their junior year at Westminster College, Oxford, England.