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Academics 2010

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IUP is a research-based, student-centered learning community, offering 133 undergraduate programs of study, fifty-five master’s degree programs, and ten 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 Technology was 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
  2007–2008 2008–2009 2009–2010
Bachelor’s 2,099 72.40% 2,079 72.20% 1,957 68.47%
Master's 720 24.80% 698 24.20% 797 27.89%
Doctoral 79 2.70% 101 3.50% 104 3.64%
Total 2,898 100.00% 2,878 100.00% 2,858 100.00%

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Second-Year Retention Rate

  Fall 2006–2007 Fall 2007–2008 Fall 2008–2009
Retention Rate: Overall 73.40% 73.72% 74.60%
Retention Rate: Black 76.18% 61.31% 66.09%
Retention Rate: Hispanic 62.50% 77.19% 68.42%

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 2008 and returned in Fall 2009. The following table shows the second-year retention rates for students who started school in Fall 2006, Fall 2007, and Fall 2008. The breakdown provided is consistent with Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education performance measures.

  Second-Year
Retention Rate
Peers 65.68%
National 78.00%
IUP 74.60%

Here is how IUP’s second-year retention rate for Fall 2008–2009 compares with the national rate and the rate among National Cluster peer institutions. In the National Cluster of Peers, institutions are grouped based on average SAT scores and Carnegie classification.

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 and the rate among IUP’s National Cluster peer institutions.

 

 

  Four-Year Graduation Rate,
2005–2009
Peers 17.33%
National 29.10%
IUP 30.20%

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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 and the rate among IUP’s National Cluster peer institutions.

 

  Six-Year Graduation Rate,
2003–2009
Peers 36.71%
National 54.80%
IUP 54.23%

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