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High Point University
Motto Nil Sine Numine (Latin)
Motto in English Nothing Without Divine Guidance
Established 1924
Type Private
Endowment US $30.1 million[1]
Chancellor Jacob Martinson, Jr.
President Nido Qubein
Faculty 551[2]
Students 3,079
Undergraduates 2,760
Postgraduates 319[3]
Location United States High Point, North Carolina, USA
Campus Suburban
140 acres (0.52 km²)
Colors Purple and white            
Nickname Panthers
Mascot Prowler the Panther
Athletics NCAA Division I Big South Conference
16 varsity sports
Website www.highpoint.edu

High Point University is a private liberal arts university in High Point, North Carolina, USA, affiliated with the United Methodist Church.





The school was founded in 1924 as High Point College, a joint venture between the Methodist Protestant Church and the citizens of High Point. When the college opened, the campus consisted of three buildings, attended by nine faculty members, with a student enrollment of 122.

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 neighboring Davidson County from 1856 to 1895.

After some years of consideration, the statewide governing body of the Methodist Protestant Church finally voted to proceed with establishing a new college in 1921.[4] Shortly afterwards it accepted an offer from the citizens of High Point to contribute 60 acres (240,000 m2) of land and $100,000 to the project.[5] The campus was designed by R. E. Mitchell of Washington, DC, assisted by Herbert Hunter of High Point, in the English Renaissance style. Though finishing touches were still being added to Roberts Hall, Women's Hall, and McCulloch Hall, classes began in September 1924.

High Point University presidents

The steadfast growth that characterized the birth of the College ended abruptly with the Great Depression. This period was difficult for the College in 1932-33, as faculty salaries were cut and expenses were sometimes bartered. Despite a $50,000 fund raising campaign, the College declared bankruptcy on June 15, 1934 and reorganization in an effort to reduce its indebtedness.[6] Reorganization enabled the College to move forward with business and expansion. By the end of the decade, the M. J. Wrenn library and the H. Albion Millis athletic stadium were constructed.[4] During World War II, the College hosted the 326th College Training Detachment of the U.S. Army Air Force. With the liquidation of debt, financial stability ultimately returned by 1945.[6]

Expansion and growth

The postwar decades brought prospects for rapid growth and expansion. 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 accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1951.[6] 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. By 1959, the school's endowment topped $1 million. A major campaign in the 1960s, entitled "The Golden Decade", exceeded $5 million in donations, and increased the endowment to almost $3 million.

Physical expansion of the campus continued with Smith Library in the spring of 1984, featuring 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 "Aspire" campaign sought to raise $20 million in assets for the College and set the tone for the institution into the 1990s. By 1991, the endowment had increased to $24 million, eighth among institutions of higher learning in North Carolina. It is now over $75 million dollars.

Recent history

Smith Library

A 1990 report from a task force called "The National Commission on the Future of High Point College" outlined the blueprints for growth into the twenty first century. The report called for emphasis on teaching ethics in the curriculum, enhancing international relationships and exchanges, improving academic and dormitory spaces, and reconstituting college as a university.

On October 9, 1991, by the action of the Board of Trustees, the name of High Point College was changed to High Point University to reflect post-graduate degree programs. The campus saw expansion of the Millis Athletic/Convocation Center in late 1992 to provide facilities for convocations, physical education, athletic, and health activities. Other notable additions to the campus include an addition to the Haworth Hall of Science and the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, a domed structure with a Tuscan portico designed in consultation with London-based architect Christopher Smallwood.[7] By 2004, the University's endowment increased to $40 million.

In 2004, President Martinson became the university's first chancellor, an office he still holds despite his retirement from High Point University's presidency on January 1, 2005. Martinson's presidential successor, Nido Qubein, announced a US$60 million building and campus expansion campaign. To date he has raised over $350 million.

A major donation from community activist and philanthropist David Hayworth to High Point University brings total contributions from David Hayworth and his late brother Charles to $25 million.[8] In its increased capacity, High Point University has been instrumental in attracting high-profile speakers to campus, including former President George W. Bush, former President Bill Clinton, former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, televangelist pioneer Rev. Robert Schuller, Queen Noor of Jordan, television legend Bill Cosby, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and most recently for the 2009 commencement, astronaut and children's book author Buzz Aldrin.



Together, Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem, along with the surrounding suburbs and townships, form the Piedmont Triad region, an area with a population over 1.5 million. Of that number, approximately 100,342 live in High Point. Both Greensboro and Winston-Salem are twenty minutes from campus. East of the University are Raleigh, NC (1 1/2 hours away) and the Atlantic Ocean (3 1/2 hours away); south of the University are Charlotte, NC (1 1/2 hours away) and Atlanta, GA (4 1/2 hours away); west of the University are the Appalachian Mountains (2 hours away) and north is Washington, DC (5 hours away).

Notable buildings

Roberts Hall, Administration Offices, circa 1923

At the University's founding, Washington, D.C. architect R. E. Mitchell partnered with local architect Herbert Hunter and adopted a Georgian Revival theme to provide an air of dignity and erudition for an institution in its infancy. Built in this theme, the most impressive building on the campus is Roberts Hall, among the first triad of buildings, which demonstrates the British Renaissance ideals that inspired Georgian architecture in its tall multi-tiered tower and imposing front portico of Corinthian columns. This 1923 building may have been loosely modeled on Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

Women’s Hall, also designed by Herbert Hunter in 1923, continues the architectural theme of Roberts Hall. In addition, Women’s Hall sports an elaborate cupola centered over the heart of the building. Wrenn Hall, originally constructed as the M. J. Wrenn Library, was completed in 1937 and progressed the Georgian dialog of early campus buildings with an elaborate elliptical transom window and a broken ogee frontispiece. These buildings constitute the ceremonial core of the campus and provide a backdrop for special events such as graduation.

Hayworth Fine Arts Center

Breaking free of the Georgian theme, architect Leon Schute contributed a number of modernist designs to the campus. The Horace S. Haworth Hall of Science opened in 1967 and featured a two-story masonry façade that was broken at regular intervals by concrete pilasters to provide the effect of a classical colonnade; this modernist façade was mostly covered by a neoclassical addition in 1999. Schute was also the designer of the Slane University Center (formerly the McPherson Campus Center), in 1972, that continued modernist themes for which he was well known. In 1993, Montlieu Avenue, a thoroughfare that cut through the center of the campus, was closed to traffic and dedicated as the Kester International Promenade (originally known as the "Greensward"), an open commons that unites the campus with green-space.

Recent additions to the campus have revisited historically inspired architecture, including the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, a domed structure with a Tuscan portico designed in consultation with London-based architect Christopher Smallwood. This structure is Smallwood’s only project in the United States outside the northeastern states.

Thanks to a $250 million renovation project of the campus, lead by fund raising efforts by President Nido Qubein, several new residential and educational buildings have been added. These additions include notably Norton Hall, the Blessing Residential Hall, The Village Residential Complex, the Slane Student Life and Wellness Center, and the Jerry and Kitty Steele Sports Center. A large number of fountains have also been installed throughout the university commons with plans to add even more.There are also several facilities currently under construction and slated for completion in 2009. These buildings include the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication, the Plato S. Wilson Family School of Commerce, and the crown jewel of student life, the $50 million University Center (formerly called the Multiplex). The University Center will house 600 students in 300 upscale apartment-like facilities, a virtual bowling alley, fully-functional movie theater, a steakhouse, a sandwich shop, and a two story gaming-and-restaurant concept. The University Center is projected to open in August 2009.

With the campus renovations at High Point University breaching $300 million in August of 2009, President Nido Qubein announced several other additions to the campus. These include a new dormitory parallel to the University Center, and a Greek Village. The Greek Village will consist of roughly 14 houses aimed at housing 200 total students. The dormitory project is slated to break ground fall of 2009. The $10 million Greek Village will begin construction in 2010 for a fall 2011 completion.

The Kester International Promenade displays flags representing an international, diverse student body.


High Point University offers day and evening undergraduate degree programs (Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science) and evening graduate degree programs (Master of Education in Elementary Education, Master of Education in Educational Leadership, Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Organization, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Science in Sports Studies). 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. [9]

Colleges and schools

  • College of Arts & Science
  • Earl N. Phillips School of Business
  • Evening Degree Program
  • Norcross Graduate School
  • School of Education

Academic programs[10]

  • DEGREE PROGRAMS: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Administration, Master of Education.
  • MAJORS: Accounting, Art, Art Education, Athletic Training, Biology, Business Administration, Business Economics, Business Finance, Chemistry, Chemistry-Business, Communications, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, English Literature, English Writing, Entrepreneurship, Exercise Science, Forestry, French, Global Trade, History, Home Furnishings Marketing, Human Relations, Information Security and Privacy, Interior Design, International Business, International Studies, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Mathematics, Medical Technology, Middle Grades Education, Modern Languages, Music, North American Studies, Performance Theatre, Philosophy, Physical Education-Teacher Certification, Political Science, Psychology, Recreation Management, Recreation Training and Fitness, Religion, Sociology, Spanish, Special Education, Sport Management, Technical Theatre.
  • SPECIAL PROGRAMS: Pre-professional studies leading to medical, dental, pharmacy, or physician assistant school, engineering, forestry school, law school, theological seminary, or other professional training.

The Student Career Intern Program (SCIP) places students in career-related positions in area businesses before graduation.

  • HONOR SOCIETIES: Order of the Lighted Lamp, Alpha Chi (both recognize academic achievement), Alpha Delta Omega (Human Relations), Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish), Pi Delta Phi (French), Phi Sigma Iota (Foreign Language), Lambda Pi Eta (Communications), Alpha Sigma Lambda (Adult Learners), Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science), Kappa Delta Pi (Education), Delta Mu Delta(Business), Psi Chi (Psychology), Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice).

Academic rankings

In 2008, High Point University was ranked in the top tier of "Baccalaureate Universities (South)." HPU finished 5th out of 48 baccalaureate colleges in the South, as ranked by US News and World Report. The school ranked #1 for "Up-and-Coming" Universities in the 2009 edition.[11]

Notable alumni


High Point Panthers logo

All 14 of High Point's athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division I level, and play in the Big South Conference. HPU's 14 current varsity sports include baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's indoor track & field, men's and women's outdoor track & field and women's volleyball. The University has announced the addition of women's lacrosse as an NCAA Div. I sport starting in the 2010-11 season [12].

High Point University also fields the following sports at the club level: men's and women's basketball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, women's field hockey, ultimate frisbee and equestrian [13].

The primary athletics facilities at High Point University are the Millis Center (basketball, volleyball), Williard Stadium (baseball) and Vert Stadium (soccer and track).

In January 2008, Wake Forest University associate athletic director Craig Keilitz, brother of the brother in-law of Bob Weinstein, was appointed High Point University's Director of Athletics. In May 2009, former University of North Carolina captain Scott Cherry was named head coach of men's basketball.

Publications and media

  • High Point University Magazine, for alumni and students
  • The Apogee, the University literary magazine
  • Black Script
  • Campus Chronicle, one of the Top 20 campus newspapers in the nation by the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA).
  • HPU Radio, student produced and broadcast via Hpuradio.com
  • Zenith, yearbook

Greek life

High Point University is home to 12 Fraternities and Sororities.

The following Greek organizations are present at HPU:

Interfraternity Conference:

National Panhellenic Conference:

National Pan-Hellenic Council:

National Service Fraternity

Sechrest Gallery

A permanent collection of original works donated to the University by High Point Alumnus Darrell L. Sechrest. Among others, the permanent collection includes works by Christian Dietrich, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Allesandro Gherardini, El Greco, Sir George Harvey Emile Louis Picault, Elsie Popkin, and Antonio Zucchi and Angelica Kauffman. The Gallery is housed within the Hayworth Fine Arts Center on the campus of High Point University.[14]


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. http://www.nacubo.org/Documents/research/2009_NCSE_Public_Tables_Endowment_Market_Values.pdf. Retrieved February 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ High Point University © 2008
  3. ^ High Point University © 2008
  4. ^ a b Sizemore, F. J., ed. The Buildings and the Builders of a City: High Point, North Carolina. High Point: Hall Printing Company, 1947. p. 318-319
  5. ^ Robinson, Blackwell P., and Alexander R. Stoesen. "The History of Guilford County, North Carolina, U.S.A. To 1980, A.D." Greensboro: The Guilford County Bicentennial Commission, 1980. p. 233
  6. ^ a b c Robinson, Blackwell P., and Alexander R. Stoesen. "The History of Guilford County, North Carolina, U.S.A. To 1980, A.D." Greensboro: The Guilford County Bicentennial Commission, 1980. p. 235
  7. ^| High Point Economic Development Corporation Website
  8. ^ Hayworths donate $25 million to High Point University - The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area:
  9. ^ High Point University © 2008
  10. ^ http://www.highpoint.edu/documents/2006_CourseCatalog.pdf
  11. ^ USNews.com: America's Best Colleges 2008: Baccalaureate Colleges (South): Top Schools
  12. ^ http://highpointpanthers.com/headlines/?HeadlineID=32687
  13. ^ http://www.highpoint.edu/hpuathletics/
  14. ^ http://www.highpoint.edu/documents/Fall2005_CulturalEvents.pdf

McCaslin, Dr. Richard B., "Remembered Be Thy Blessings: High Point University The College Years, 1924-1991" High Point University, 1995.

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