View an Electronic Version of the 2016 CUSP Brochure (PDF)
The College Undergraduate Success Program (CUSP) Early Entrance Experience is an early entrance freshman experience for first-year students sponsored by the Department of Developmental Studies and scheduled during the week before fall semester.
The experience includes enrollment in the one-credit course Introduction to Higher Education (DVST 150), workshops, seminars, a common reading experience, tours, and other informational and social activities.
Many times, students experience difficulties adjusting to college. People may have already told you, "College is not like high school!" But what is college like? Are you nervous about where to go and what to do? Do you wonder what classes will be like? Do you know how to be successful in college?
Studies show that when students are given an early, formal introduction to college, they are more likely to experience satisfaction and to graduate. Colleges and universities often offer seminars to students during the freshman year, when students especially need support, knowledge, and skills.
IUP is offering a pre-college program to a limited number of first-year students through the Department of Developmental Studies. The program is called CUSP: The Early Entrance Experience and is designed to help you make a satisfactory transition to the college experience and to enhance your chances for academic success.
Students will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment is limited!
View an electronic version of the 2016 CUSP brochure (PDF).
To register for CUSP, log on to
MyIUP, log in, and select Finances. Follow the link to IUP EasyPay, which will take you into URSA. Click on the IUP EasyPay button. In EasyPay, choose eDeposits on the top toolbar. In the Select Term drop-down list, choose Fall 2016 and click Select. In the Select Deposit Payment dropdown, choose CUSP and click Select, then the Continue button on the bottom left. Choose the desired payment method in the drop-down and click Select. Complete the payment information, save, and click Continue. The completed payment page will serve as confirmation of participation in the CUSP program. An information packet will be mailed the second week of August.
Or, you may mail the $50 deposit in the form of a check or money order to the address below. Please indicate the student’s name, address, phone number, and Banner ID.
Department of Developmental StudiesPratt Hall, Room 202201 Pratt DriveIndiana, PA 15705-1003
The remaining cost will appear on your fall bill. The $50 deposit is nonrefundable for cancellations or no-shows.
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