I hope your fall and school year have gotten off to a great start. It continues to be an exciting time of positive change and transformation at High Point University. The newWanek School of Undergraduate Sciences building that will house our Biology, Chemistry and Physics majors is well underway, under roof and will open next summer. The Caine Conservatory which will have a working greenhouse and support botanical research is also underway and will open next summer. We broke ground in September on the Qubein Sports Arena and Conference Center that will open in the winter of 2020. Along with these amazing physical changes on campus, I have another exciting update to share with you.
The High Point University Faculty Admissions Committee and President Qubein unanimously supported our move to and continued offering of ‘Test Optional’ admissions. In fact, over a quarter of our enrolled freshmen this fall applied test optional.
As a university committed to weaving students into the family, HPU has always considered each prospective student on a variety of factors. These include, but are not limited to: GPA, demonstrated interest in attending HPU, community involvement, academic achievement, leadership demonstration, extracurricular activities, a series of essay submissions and the rigor of their high school. Transitioning to ‘test optional’ reflects the university’s dedication to review the character and full abilities of each applicant in the admissions process. It is also supported by data which shows GPA is a stronger indicator of success rather than SAT or ACT scores. HPU will look for test optional students who work hard, have achieved in the classroom and are prepared for success in college.
Under the test optional program, submitting SAT or ACT scores in the application for admission will be optional. However, in awarding our Presidential Scholarships (from $7,000 per year to full tuition per year) and selecting top students for our Honors Scholar Program, test scores will be required. Test Optional students with strong GPA’s may still qualify for High Point Scholarships.
We appreciate you sharing this exciting news with students and families. Our admissions counselors look forward to sharing more about this and many other exciting changes that benefit students at High Point University with you as they travel to your area this fall.
D. Andrew Bills
Senior Vice President for Enrollment