High Point University is located on 200 acres (and growing) in North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad (encompassing the school’s home city of High Point, as well as Greensboro, and Winston-Salem) and has been offering a private liberal arts education to students since 1924.
Established just before the Great Depression, it was almost not to be and was forced into bankruptcy a decade after its inception, but struggled through the rough patch and has now grown to a student body of roughly 3300 undergrad students (from 122 in its first class), as well as 1000+ graduate students (through their Norcross graduate school). They have had a history of constant expansion and are currently in the midst of one, due to a doubling of investment funds received in 2007 (which has resulted in renovations, new buildings/arenas, and increased housing to meet the ever growing student body needs).
Today, High Point stands as US News and World Reports’ #3 in their rankings of regional colleges in the south and offers over 70 different majors resulting in Bachelor’s degrees. The graduate school (which meets only in the evening) also has several programs of study, with offerings in Business, Education, and History (as well as a Non-Profit Management and Communication). Students can enjoy a very hands on teaching approach with small classes and a 14:1 student/teacher ratio and an advisor who is actually one of the teachers in your major (allowing for greater understand/aid in plotting your courses).
The popular areas of study are Business Management and Education, but it is High Point’s dedication to students that really characterizes the educational experience at the university. A Methodist school at heart (as it was started by the Methodist Church), they hold to the “Judeo-Christian principles of inclusiveness and diversity”, bringing in students from 50 countries and 40+ states to get a four year education that “believes in balance”. Rigorous academics are placed alongside athletics (member of the Division I Big South Conference in 15 sports) and undergrads are given many opportunities to learn around their schedules, with limited online courses through Blackboard and many evening courses (as the school operates Graduate schools at night anyway).
There are also pre-professional programs in several areas (from Medicine to Theological Seminary) and study abroad programs (including spending the fall of your junior year at Westminster College in England).
The school’s growth throughout the years has been fantastic with buildings and facilities upgraded and created almost yearly since they grew to a full university in 1991. Their dedication to the professional development of students has led to this unbridled expansion over the last two decades, as they have sought to provide the best environment for students looking for an education with a strong liberal arts core, but valuing “intellectual freedom and academic excellence” as well. Simply put, High Point looks to distinguish itself by offering professional development of students in a small, close environment to any and all who search it out.