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IUP is a research-based, student-centered learning community, offering 136 undergraduate programs of study, fifty-seven master’s degree programs, and eleven doctoral programs.

Widely recognized for offering a quality education, as well as an affordable one, IUP was named in Princeton Review’s Best 373 Colleges, 2011 edition, and the Eberly College of Business and Information Technologywas included in Princeton Review’s Best 301 Business Schools, 2010 edition.

In addition, the Robert E. Cook Honors College—featured in Donald Asher’s Cool Colleges: For the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming, and Just Plain Different—provides an academic and residential environment in which the university’s most talented students live, learn, and work together.

The university’s faculty and students have included winners of the Fulbright Scholarship, Rome Prize, Goldwater Scholarship, and Ali-Zaidi Award.

Degrees Awarded

Here is a breakdown of the degrees awarded by IUP during the past two academic years:

Degrees Awarded

Degrees Awarded

  2012–2013 2011–2012
Bachelor’s 75% 74%
Master's 21% 21%
Doctoral 4% 5%
Total 100.00% 100.00%

Second-Year Retention Rate

  Fall 2009–2010
Fall 2010–2011
Fall 2011–2012
Retention Rate: Overall 77.08%
74.37%
75.35%
Retention Rate: Black 70.16%
63.04%
72.88%
Retention Rate: Hispanic 73.13%
66.25%
66.35%

The second-year retention rate is the percentage of students who have continued their studies into their second year—for example, students who started school in Fall 2009 and returned in Fall 2010. The following table shows the second-year retention rates for students who started school in Fall 2009, Fall 2010, and Fall 2011. The breakdown provided is consistent with Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education performance measures.

  Second-Year Retention Rate
National 71.30%
IUP 75.35%

Here is how IUP’s second-year retention rate for Fall 2011–2012 compares with the national rate.

Four-Year Graduation Rate

The four-year graduation rate shows the percentage of students who graduated within four years after starting at IUP. Below, see the four-year graduation rate for IUP students compared with the national rate.

Four Year Graduation Rate

Four-Year Graduation Rate

  Four-Year Graduation Rate,2008–2012
National 20.3%
IUP 34.0%

Six-Year Graduation Rate

While we typically refer to the “four-year” college experience, many undergraduates take more than four years to complete the required coursework for their degree.

The six-year graduation rate shows the percentage of students who graduated within six years after starting at IUP. (This includes students who graduated within four years, shown in the chart above, and any other time frame of six years or fewer.) Below, see the six-year graduation rates for IUP students compared with the national rate. 

Six Year Gradation Rate

Six-Year Graduation Rate

  Six-Year Graduation Rate, 2006–2012
National 45.9%
IUP 50.3%
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