Indiana University of Pennsylvania is located in the town of Indiana in western Pennsylvania, fifty-five miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Indiana rests in the foothills of the beautiful Allegheny Mountains. It offers the best of small town and city life. With a population of 35,000, Indiana and its neighboring small towns are quiet and picturesque, and several nearby natural areas and state parks provide opportunities for hiking, camping, boating, and fishing. The Indiana area is rich in culture from its history of energy resources. The economy is based on energy, health care, education, finance, and other service industries.
Indiana is home to such publicly traded companies as S&T Bancorp, Inc.; First Commonwealth Financial Corp.; and Superior Well Services, Inc., as well as the nation’s largest privately owned drilling company, S.W. Jack Drilling Company. It is known to tourists as the birthplace of late actor Jimmy Stewart (and for hosting the annual It’s a Wonderful Life festival in Stewart’s honor). It is also often referred to as “the Christmas Tree Capital of the World” for the numerous tree farms that dot the surrounding hills.
The IUP campus hosts more than two hundred cultural and entertainment events each year. Frank Lloyd Wright’s world-famous Fallingwater is a ninety-minute car trip from IUP, near some of the best whitewater rafting in the region. Nearby Pittsburgh offers students opportunities to enjoy all that a large American city has to offer.
Visit Pittsburgh’s Strip District, with its bustling, open-air warehouse food markets. Stop by one of Pittsburgh’s many Bohemian coffee shops or dine at its fine ethnic restaurants. Spend an afternoon in internationally known art museums, including the Carnegie Museum, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the John Heinz Museum of Regional History. Take in a concert at the Pittsburgh Symphony or an evening of jazz at one of the many clubs. Enjoy collegiate and national sports—the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Pittsburgh Penguins. The city is also home to the National Aviary, featuring a collection of more than five hundred birds from around the world, many of them endangered. Pittsburgh is a cosmopolitan city that retains its multicultural heritage.
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