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High Point University NC - others like it?

rightfitrightfit Registered User Posts: 168 Junior Member
edited February 2010 in College Search & Selection

We've visited High Point a couple of times and were impressed by their philosophy. Our daughter wants a reasonably small liberal arts school (warm weather is a plus but NC is her geographical limit) where she can try a variety of things and hopefully find her niche. We'd like to find a few more schools that have a similiar feel - any suggestions?

High Point seems to have a large out of state enrollment and it seems very self contained. Class sizes are small and they seem to go out of their way to help students. They have invested a lot of money in the school - campus, teachers, programs, etc.

Help please :)
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  • poipoi Registered User Posts: 2,427 Senior Member
    Rightfit, not exactly warm, but worth a look are Susquehanna and Ursinus in PA. Also, Bridgewater in VA and Gardner Webb, Catawba and Lenoir Ryne in NC. Hope this helps.
  • seafoodloverseafoodlover Registered User Posts: 248 Junior Member
    Elon is a MUCH MUCH better school. Look their first if you have the scores.
  • rightfitrightfit Registered User Posts: 168 Junior Member
    Thanks for the suggestions poi - we visited Catawba and she didn't care for the school. We've been to Ursinus too and I think that school has a similiar feel to High Point. Academically I think its harder to get into and the cost is a factor, it's pricey for a liberal arts program. Seafoodlover - we also visited Elon and thought there were some positve things about the campus but she liked High Point more. What makes you say Elon is a much better school?
  • seafoodloverseafoodlover Registered User Posts: 248 Junior Member
    Elon and High Point are not even in the same league. Literally and figuratively.

    Elon attracts TOP students and High Point for the most part attracts students with more modest scores.

    Elon has a better reputation that is growing nationally. For example, its communications department is stellar and they regularly place graduates at places like ESPN and CNN.

    Its getting very tough to get into Elon, as it is now highly competitive.

    But if High Point is where your daughter wants to go and sees herself being happy, that is fine. I am just saying that Elon is much more prestigious and has stronger programs across the board. Elon has one of the highest percentages of kids studying overseas. They really emphasize that at Elon.

    Elon is number one I think in Southern Masters Schools in USNWR.
  • seafoodloverseafoodlover Registered User Posts: 248 Junior Member
    FYI from the Elon.edu website:

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  • poipoi Registered User Posts: 2,427 Senior Member
    Rightfit, it sounds like your daughter has really enjoyed her visits at High Point and feels comfortable there. Have you considered Wilkes (PA)? I don't know anything about the school but a family on one of our tours was raving about it. It may be worth a look.
  • 2-iron2-iron Registered User Posts: 847 Member
    Longwood in VA
  • foolishpleasurefoolishpleasure Registered User Posts: 919 Member
    Guilford, Hendrix.
  • hornethornet Registered User Posts: 660 Member
    Guilford is a warm school with probably a brighter group of students than High Point. It is also in the "colleges that change lives" book.
  • rightfitrightfit Registered User Posts: 168 Junior Member
    Thanks for the suggestions - we did a very short Greensboro College visit but I don't think we've seen Guilford yet so we'll add that to the list. We already have one son going to school in NC so we're starting to know our way around.

    Is Hendrix in Arkansas or is there another school with a similar name?

    Longwood and Wilkes are new suggestions so we'll check them out.

    High Point has an appeal because they seem to have a focus on the whole person and helping students figure themselves out and succeed. It helps that the campus is beautiful and very student oriented. We're not looking for the "top" school - we're looking for a school that's a good fit. Right now High Point tops that list..... we just need a longer list.
  • nycnyc Registered User Posts: 1,355 Senior Member
    rightfit, what did you think of Greensboro?

    Also, don't most schools pay lip service to "the whole" student? What do you look for as evidence of more than just a throw-away line (like "quality education")?
  • northeastmomnortheastmom Registered User Posts: 12,379 Senior Member
    rightfit, Hendrix is in Arkansas.

    Have any of you looked into Queens U. of Charlotte in NC?
  • seafoodloverseafoodlover Registered User Posts: 248 Junior Member
    High Point is noted for being very student oriented with Nido Qubein as its President, he is a much in demand public speaker. Its its the right fit for your daughter and she likes it then go there. Too many kids pick schools for prestige without looking at whether its the best school for their success both in college or in life.
  • rightfitrightfit Registered User Posts: 168 Junior Member
    nyc - my mistake - my husband says we saw Guilford, not Greensboro. We're seen so many they start to blend together.

    The whole person question - it's hard to answer and I agree most schools use that line in some way, shape or form. High Point seemed to be paying a lot of attention to the students and they had several things in place to be sure students didn't fall through the cracks. They also seemed to build on old fashioned values and they expect the students to follow them too. I don't think its a match for everyone - in some ways it seems too together. At the same time it has a certain appeal and we haven't found many other colleges (in warm weather areas) like it.
  • nycnyc Registered User Posts: 1,355 Senior Member
    Rightfit, don't know about your D, but for my S, looking at the geneds, which I beleive are seem more common among southern schs than those in the NE, was very helpful. On that basis, he crossed Susquehana off the list ("hard" geneds) and is now considering Guilford (fewer or more flex geneds) more seriously.

    Some other schools that have been suggested for S which you might want to consider:

    - Goucher (esp good for boys); Roanoke, Loyola, McDaniel and St. Mary's (only 17% oos), all of which I believe are in VA.

    - Wittenberg, Earlham and College of Wooster, all in the Mid-West.

    I haven't thoroughtly researched or visited many of these schools, but they were rec'd by friends who know S as schs that would be good choices for him.
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