High Point University (NC) The Right Choice

<p>This could be a little premature but I've decided to start my research on a transfer school early.</p>

<p>I'm currently a freshman at a community college in upstate NY right outside of Albany, thats where I live and where I grew up. I won't be transferring to a school until the fall of 2010. My thoughts were to get my core credits out of the way and save a lot of money and then transfer. </p>

<p>How much do schools look at high school grades from transfer students? My grades in high school weren't that great, I was a "B/B+" student. My SATs are average at best 1580/2400. I'm looking to major in Sport Management and minor in Business Administration. It's been a dream to be a general manager of a sports franchise. </p>

<p>I have family down in southwest Virginia and this past week I took a tour of High Point University and loved it. The campus was gorgeous, the people were very nice and friendly. You could feel the energy of the campus. I loved the area, the warm weather and the people. I checked out Elon and didn't like it nearly as well.</p>

<p>I'm at a 3.62 GPA, I have good EC's, Community Service, Clubs and I manage part of a minor league baseball stadium. My transfer grades will be there...probably a 3.7 or 3.8. By the fall of 2010 will that be enough to get me into High Point? I'd have a Associates Degree, does a transfer student from NY have a good chance of getting in? </p>

<p>I'm looking for advice, thoughts and anything on the subject. Thanks for your time. All replies are appreciated.</p>

<p>Actually you aren't to far ahead of yourself. Time flies by, I started looking at transfer schools before I even started going to a community college. Keep your gpa above a 3.5 and you should be competitive. Your stats are somewhat similar to what mine were so i would say if your gpa is where you intend it to be you should be in.</p>

<p>I am pretty sure High Point asks for your high school grades, but I wouldn't be worried if I were you because you have obviously proved yourself at the school you are now. </p>

<p>Now speaking of High Point. Obviously, it isn't completely well known. From what I have heard the coursework is actually somewhat challenging. If you are looking at High Point, I would also recommend you look at Elon.</p>

<p>Good luck.</p>

<p>personally, I'm still not a big fan of High Point University, I do like the direction that the university is going towards making it's students feel more comfortable but academically, High Point still isn't very well known academically. Maybe in a few years with all the effort they are putting in to the university that High Point will be strong academically, but right now, I don't see the big fuss over High Point. College is about learning academically not all about having a good life for 4 years</p>

<p>^^^After our visit to High Point, and after a few discussions with people there in administration, I feel the school is working very hard on the academics.....witness the new Communications building, the new Business School, the money they have raised ($250 million) to attract new professors, build state of the art facilities, including a television station in the communications school, a trading room in the business school, etc etc. Yes, it is not all about "the good life" but don't overlook the strides the school has made in building "a new academia". And, the perks for students are designed for a reason: to attract more students, to allow the school to raise the bar, to provide more merit scholarships, thus upping the SAT scores for the incoming class....etc. I give them high marks for all that the new President has undertaken. How many university Presidents can raise $250 Million in three years? He is one ingenious man!</p>

<p>^^ I am aware that the school is actively working to improve it's academics but as of right now I don't think High Point is at that "high" level of academics right now. In 2-3 years maybe High Point should start being a school that people look towards but as of right now, I'm not totally convinced</p>

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<p>not many, but high points president is not among the group that can. the universitys capital campaign, publicly launched in 2005 (meaning it likely began its silent phase in 2003), had raised only $105 million as of october.</p>

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<p>were i a prospective student, one thing i would be asking the university and another i would be asking myself:</p>

<p>1) what is the schools current debt load? if much of the recent building has been financed, a protracted economic downturn could mean ugly things for the university. this is public information, but i was unable to find any recent 990s on the web. if i were seriously interested in the school, i would ask. </p>

<p>2) what might the schools low faculty compensation rates mean for the quality of your educational experience? the average FULL professor salary, per the aaups faculty salary survey, was $77,000 last year. at nearby unc greensboro, that number was $103,200. elon came in at $91,100. in that light, there is some reason for concern over the schools ability to attract and retain high quality faculty. </p>

<p>none of this is to say that high point is a bad school or a bad educational investment. rather, it is to say that one should always do his or her due diligence when something potentially looks too good to be true.</p>

<p>One of the wonderful things about our country is the number of choices we have in higher education. I steadfastly refuse to engage in school bashing. Every school has a mission to serve a particular student body with particular needs. High Point University is on the "schools to watch" list of USNWR and has been featured on the Today show. They are almost finished a 250 million dollar capital construction plan. Whether they raised all that they needed before completing it is another matter, but the construction has been nothing short of amazing, its almost completely finished and a resounding success.</p>

<p>I applaud any student who wants to better themselves and attend a four year college or university, regardless of the SAT scores or gpa's of incoming students. I can tell you this much: if you drive around the gorgeous campus of High Point University you will see license plates from all over the country. I could care less what those students SAT scores are or avg. hs gpa's. I am just happy these kids found a "home" where they can thrive. Its very clear that in the coming years, High Point University will graduate successful students who go onto great things in life. </p>

<p>Whether you are going to Harvard, UNC-Chapel Hill, UVa, Georgetown, MIT, Bucknell, Stanford or whatever, you should applaud the very positive changes at High Point and the students who attend there.</p>

<p>Well said, nonelitist! I also stand corrected on the amount of money raised ($150MM) versus the cost of new construction ($250Million). I am still impressed, and although it is not likely our daughter will choose to attend, I am so happy for all those who have and will find a home in HPU. I will be watching this one in future years!</p>

<p>My experience so far with admissioins is very impressive. Also, they have 2400 undergrads, but are looking to grow to 3400 students. BTW, this will not impact dorms (I was told that they will not make doubles into triples), or class sizes. The largest class I was told is 25 (survey type of class) and the average size of a class is 17 students.</p>

<p>Right, northeast mom. And they are the most pampered student body in the nation.....the facilities are simply incredulous. A HUGE movie theatre being constructed on campus, (Multiplex), with a 4 star steakhouse on the 5th floor. The "mall" or "quad" where you walk between the trees has piped in Symphonic music 24/7, softly encouraging you to think of the Arts and great learning....and the metal benches along the walk have life sized bronze statues of the Authors of Great Books or Men and Women of History, so you will be sitting next to a hero or heroine as you read your books, listen to music and enjoy the wonderment of the campus.</p>

<p>You have to see it to believe it.</p>

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<p>Thats exactly right. The campus is awesome, and agreeing with an earlier post the academics will only improve. With the direction the university is going it will only help attract better students and professors. High Point may not be nationally known yet but Nido Qubein the president of High Point is determined to change that. </p>

<p>When I took my tour of High Point the admissions counselor told me that she looks at all your information backwards. It's not about grades as much as it is character and drive. They are looking for individuals that may not have that perfect GPA but are a well rounded individual looking to make a difference in the world.</p>

<p>The most important things to me are school spirit, graduation rate (hope that is on its way up), academics, happiness of the students, and location (not necessarily in that order).</p>

<p>My current dislikes on paper are the graduation rate, the very high gpa to keep merit aid, the fact that you are invited on campus to compete for merit aid is a bit of an incovenience for OOS students (though not too inconvenient in our case). They seem to be very much by the numbers for merit aid (approximate stats needed are clearly listed on their website), so what you just added, yacht360, is interesting.</p>

<p>Well, I certainly understand why a school trying to beef-up academically would require a high gpa to retain merit scholarships. Nor is that inconsist w/ taking a more holistic view towards admissions for the non-merit applicant pool (and, yachts360, pretty much EVERY college/uni outside the top 10-20, enrolls a class of comprise primarily of students w/o perfect grades/SATs).</p>

<p>High Point is not an academic powerhouse and it may never be, but then not every student is HYP material. High Point, like many colleges, serves a population with more modest admissions/academic profiles - - so what. If you want Amherst,Williams, Pomona or even Bucknell, they already exist and you know where they are, but as nonelitist said in post #7, no need to bash just b/c High Point isn't top tier.</p>

<p>foolishpleasure, everytime that I see a higher gpa than 3.0 to keep a merit award, I think that it is a lure (meaning that they are "banking" that a fair percentage of students will not keep their merit award). It is a red flag for me. Others may feel differently.</p>

<p>Funny that this school (HPU) doesn't even make the CC list of colleges but has three active threads running the last few days!</p>

<p>2525:</p>

<p>I have no connection whatsoever with HPU. Believe me. I have toured the campus twice and enjoyed it.</p>

<p>I did not think that you did! Same here.....toured twice....</p>

<p>As for high GPAs to keep merit aid...that's why it's called MERIT aid. The school doesn't want you to do well in high school, come to the school, and then drop down or do the bare minimum. You have to keep that standard of merit in order to keep the scholarship. My undergrad college required a GPA of a 3.2 in order to keep merit aid -- a 3.2 is not really that difficult to maintain, especially for students who did well enough to earn the aid in the first place.</p>

<p>High Point's requirements are not that high. Their $24,000 and $20,000 scholarships cover tuition and then some, and they require a 3.5 GPA. That one is sort of high, but in return they are paying for a large chunk of your education. The $13,000 scholarship requires only a 3.25, and the rest require a 3.0.</p>

<p>In any event, I don't think the OP should have an issue getting into High Point with his/her stats.</p>

<p>Speaking of up and coming, Nido is being considered as a candidate for Governor of North Carolina not surprisingly:</p>

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<p>High Point University is the recipient of a $1 million gift from the BB&T Foundation in support of its entrepreneurship program. The university has raised nearly $120 million recently towards its transformation in academics, student life and campus enhancement.
"We are most impressed with the enormous growth and the extraordinary transformation of HPU. The university's mission and values are consistent with those of BB&T and we are proud to be a partner in HPU's important work," said Kelly King, chairman and chief executive officer of BB&T Corporation.
"Our institution is most grateful for this generous investment in student experiential learning and we are very appreciative for the continued good work BB&T does in education and community development," said Dr. Nido R. Qubein, president of HPU.</p>