HIGH POINT, N.C. – High Point University continues to navigate the challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure the safety and success of students remain HPU’s top priorities, the university has made necessary adjustments to the fall 2020 semester.

“The calendar adjustments are made specifically with the safety of students, their hometown communities, faculty, staff, and the greater High Point community in mind,” says HPU President Nido Qubein. “Reducing travel, particularly widely dispersed movement throughout the nation and world, is critical to managing virus spread.”

President Qubein commissioned a Health and Safety Task Force in April, chaired by Dr. Daniel Erb, founding dean of HPU’s Congdon School of Health Sciences, to prepare for in-person classes to resume in the fall and to assess, develop and implement a plan to ensure the health and safety of the entire campus community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following changes have been made to HPU’s fall 2020 semester:

The fall 2020 semester will begin one week early.

Freshmen will move in Aug. 13-15.

Upperclassmen will move in Aug. 16-17.

Classes will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 18.

Fall Break is being removed from the academic calendar this year.

The final day of classroom instruction will be Tuesday, Nov. 24. Students will then return home for reading days and to take exams online.

Online exams will happen on Wednesday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec. 4, and on Monday, Dec. 7 through Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Online health pre-screenings for both students and employees before arriving to campus.

ABOVE PHOTO - High Point University continues to navigate the challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic and has made necessary changes to the fall 2020 semester to ensure the safety and health of students, faculty and staff remain the university’s top priorities.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.® HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 5,400 undergraduate and graduate students. It is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report for Best Regional Colleges in the South, No. 1 for Most Innovative Regional Colleges in the South and No. 1 for Best Undergraduate Teaching in the South. The Princeton Review named HPU in the 2020 edition of “The Best 385 Colleges” and on the Best Southeastern Colleges “2020 Best Colleges: Region by Region” list. HPU was recognized as a Great School for Business Majors and a Great School for Communication Majors. HPU was also recognized for Most Beautiful Campus (No. 18), Best College Dorms (No. 5) and Best Campus Food (No. 20). For nine years in a row, HPU has been named a College of Distinction with special recognition for business and education programs and career development, and The National Council on Teacher Quality ranks HPU’s elementary education program as one of the best in the nation. The university offers 60 undergraduate majors, 64 undergraduate minors and 13 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the web at highpoint.edu.

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