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IUP Included in National College Guidebook

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is included in the 2009 edition of The Princeton Review’s “The Best 368 Colleges.” This is the eighth consecutive year IUP has been selected for this annual guidebook.

The guidebook accepts no advertising dollars and uses independent surveys from current students, recent graduates and college officials to determine which colleges and universities merit inclusion. The book is a reflection of interviews with more than 100,000 college students from all over the country. IUP was selected from among 130 four-year accredited colleges and universities in Pennsylvania and 2,343 in the United States.

“To be selected for these guidebooks for eight consecutive years and to be in the company of institutions like Princeton, Yale and the University of Chicago clearly demonstrates IUP’s status as an outstanding and nationally ranked university,” said Dr. Tony Atwater, IUP president. “To see that IUP is consistently chosen by independent evaluators as one of the best universities in the nation offers validation of the university’s high academic standards and of the excellence of the IUP faculty.”

In the guidebook, students were quoted as saying IUP is “academically challenging” and students “get more for less.” They said IUP has “awesome professors who are concerned with their welfare and academic growth” and that faculty members are “strong educators” who push students to “think critically.”

Students also said the residence halls help to “instill a strong feeling of community, as do the honors courses, which provide a bonding experience” for students.

Guidebook editors wrote that IUP “offers an academic environment unique among most public universities.”

In June 2007, Consumer Digest Magazine ranked IUP fourth in its “Best Values in Public Colleges and Universities.” In February 2007, IUP was ranked at 40 out of 100 colleges and universities selected for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s “The Kiplinger 100,” a listing of schools that combine outstanding value with a first-class education.

IUP was included in the 2005 issue of Entrepreneur Magazine under a listing of the top 73 colleges and universities in the nation ranked for excellence in “entrepreneurship emphasis.” The Eberly College of Business and Information Technology won national prominence as part of The Princeton Review’s 2007 edition of “The Best Business Schools,” following its selection for the 2005 and 2006 editions of the guidebook.

IUP also has been included in “How to Get an Ivy League Education at a State School” by Martin Nemko; Money Magazine; the annual “100 Best Buys in Public Colleges and Universities” published by Kiplinger’s Magazine; and in Kaplan Publishing’s “The Unofficial, Unbiased Insider’s Guide to the 328 Most Interesting Colleges” in 2002 and 2003.

IUP also was selected by Forbes.com as one of the 25 “Most Wired” campuses in the nation in 2003. IUP’s Robert E. Cook Honors College was the subject of a chapter within Dr. Donald Asher’s “Cool Colleges for the Hyperintelligent,” published in 2001 and reprinted in 2007.