High Point University welcomed 5,000 visitors to campus and community for this year’s Winter Family Weekend  Feb. 14-16.

ABOVE PHOTO – High Point University President Nido Qubein sat down for a “High Point University Presents: A Conversation with Dean Cain,” filmed for public television. Cain, an HPU parent and a famous actor, played Clark Kent in the TV series, “Lois and Clark.”

The weekend brought a big boost to the city of High Point and the greater Triad region as families across the country visited. The economic impact of the university, $765 million annually, is a vital source for businesses in the city. The High Point Convention and Visitor’s Bureau estimates that this Family Weekend alone generated more than $1.1 million in economic impact.

“Family Weekend provides a time for parents to connect with their students on campus and learn more about daily life in the city of High Point,” said Erica Burroughs, director of family engagement at HPU. “Our HPU families are of vital importance to the university and the city as we continue to grow together. We are fortunate to have them partner with us in support of their students’ education and to invest in our continued growth.”

This year’s Winter Family Weekend festivities included a variety of interactive sessions and presentations designed to inform and inspire HPU parents and family members. The weekend included a Life Skills Update from HPU President Nido Qubein, a Career Networking Fair for students, a conversation Qubein had with Dean Cain filmed for public television, Culp Planetarium shows, athletic events, tours and other entertainment.

“I thought the interview between Dr. Qubein and Dean Cain was very engaging and insightful,” said Jeana Stewart, an HPU parent. “I enjoyed Dean Cain’s real-life testimonial because it related to fellow High Point parents since his son is a student here. Dr. Qubein’s update always captivates the audience.”

“I really enjoyed the movies inside the Culp Planetarium,” said Christine Maguire, an HPU mom. “I feel like my son is very fortunate to go here because everything is cutting-edge. It is extraordinary because students have assets available here that I’ve never seen on any other college campus.”

HPU’s Winter Family Weekend is just one of many events that bring visitors to the city of High Point each year. In the coming months, thousands more visitors will come to campus for open houses, Presidential Scholarship Weekends, Innovation Summits, Open Houses, athletic events and Commencement. Annually, HPU welcomes more than 100,000 visitors for admissions, athletic, cultural and community events.

 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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