HPU welcomes new students
This weekend is bittersweet for the Reedy family from Chicago.
Parents Bill and Emily on Saturday were helping their daughter Julia, a High Point University freshman, get moved in to the Wanek Center residence hall.
The couple have two sets of twins, and Saturday was the fourth time they had brought one of their children to their first day of college.
“Not emotionally, but practically, it gets easier,” said Bill Reedy. “You know the drill, but still, each one is hard to say goodbye to.”
Reedy is one of the 1,470 new students entering HPU this year, a record-sized incoming class for the school.
She said she was wowed by the campus when she made a visit during high school.
“It was just stunning,” Reedy said while hanging clothes in the closet of her room.
Her class is larger than HPU’s total undergraduate student body in 2005, when President Nido Qubein took the helm and led the school on a transformation that has seen its enrollment soar to 4,300.
Move-in day brought more than 5,000 students and their family members to the city. HPU reported that 523 faculty, staff and upperclassmen volunteers helped new students move in to their residence halls.
Students from outside North Carolina make up 79 percent of the class of 2018, according to HPU.
“Once we came here and looked at the campus, my husband and I said, ‘This is where we’d rather leave our kids,’” said Kathleen Hoeferkamp of Maryland, whose daughter, Leah, is an HPU freshman. “That’s your baby you’re sending away. So it made us feel good about the place, just from the appearance. Of course, meeting the president, he’s really personable and seems very serious about keeping the kids on the right path.”
Hoeferkamp’s roommate, Allison Pinto, who grew up in New York, said she considered other colleges, such as Queens University of Charlotte and Towson University in Maryland, but “nothing could really compare to this school.”
She added, “I love everybody’s personality around here, and they’re very friendly. I like the weather. The campus is very nice.”
HPU’s growth is ongoing, as classes launch on Tuesday with an array of new academic programs.
New facilities also are in the works, including a Center for Student Success expected to open next spring.
“It’s one of the major reasons I came here — beautiful campus, very new,” said Mark Franklin, a freshman from Cincinnati.