Sep. 13—HIGH POINT — High Point University again has been named the No. 1 Best Regional College in the South and the No. 1 Most Innovative Regional College in the South by U.S. News and World Report's annual "Best Colleges" rankings.
HPU has been ranked as the Best Regional College in the South for 10 consecutive years and scored a perfect overall score of 100 in the ranking. This ranking factors in student outcomes, faculty resources, expert opinion, financial resources, student excellence and alumni giving.
HPU has been ranked as Best Innovative College in the South for seven consecutive years. The ranking is based on surveys of top academics such as presidents, provosts and admissions deans who rank schools that are making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology and facilities.
U.S. News and World Report groups schools by how it defines their "academic mission." Schools labeled "national universities" offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master's and doctoral programs, and emphasize faculty research or award professional practice doctorates.
"National liberal arts colleges" focus almost exclusively on undergraduate education and award at least 50% of their degrees in the arts and sciences.
"Regional universities"offer a broad scope of undergraduate degrees and some master's degree programs but few or no doctoral programs.
And "regional colleges" focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than 50% of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines.
HPU was also ranked as among the top 30 in the nation for "Best First-Year Experiences" and first among Regional Colleges South for both "Best Undergraduate Teaching" and "Best Value Schools."
The first-year experience category is ranked based on a survey of college presidents, chief academic officers, deans of students and deans of admissions from more than 1,500 schools.
The undergraduate teaching ranking is based on a survey of college administrators about who puts a particular focus on undergraduate teaching.
The best value ranking takes into account a school's academic quality, as indicated by its 2021 U.S. News ranking, and the 2019-20 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal.
In August, The Princeton Review named HPU one of "The Best 387 Colleges: 2022 Edition," as well as Best Southeastern Colleges in "2022 Best Colleges: Region by Region," Great Schools for Communication Majors, Great Schools for Business/Finance Majors and Great Dorms.