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Arrival Procedures for Freshman Students

Residence Hall Check-In for Students Participating in Late Orientation:

If you have contracted to live in an IUP residence hall, check-in takes place from 1:00–3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. Details will be provided by the Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining.

Program Check-In

Program check-in takes place at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 20, 2015, on the first floor, main lobby of Stouffer Hall.

Meal Information

For residential students: After check-in at the residence hall on August 19, please proceed to the HUB. Go to the I-Card office, have your photo taken, and get your I-Card. (Note: The HUB I-Card office closes at 5:00 p.m. on August 19.) You will need to bring approximately $10 to eat dinner in the dining hall, or other local restaurant, on the 19th. Meal plans begin Thursday morning, August 20, 2015.

For non-residential students: Students should eat breakfast on August 20, before checking in for Orientation. Lunch and dinner on the 20th, and breakfast (use your wristband, if you choose to eat at the dining hall) and lunch on the 21st, are provided at the dining hall as a part of Orientation. Students will eat dinner, at their own expense, after Orientation.

Testing Information

You will be required to follow your placement results when scheduling for classes, both now and in the future. Therefore, it is imperative that you take the testing seriously and prepare for the exams by reviewing the sample tests on the Placement website. All students take English, math, and reading exams.

  • Non-Honors College admits: Please review the topics available at the English Placement website. You should prepare a one-page outline for the topic on which you plan to write. Print out the prompt (topic). Write your outline on the back of the topic sheet and bring it with you. No completed essays or outlines with complete sentences will be accepted as outlines. (Note that there are two topics; select only one.) The outline will be submitted with your essay at the close of essay testing. (Note: If you submitted a portfolio during the summer and then delayed your Orientation attendance, you will receive your portfolio results at Orientation. The portfolio submission option is not available for late Orientations.)
  • Honors College admits: You will read Orientation materials during the Essay Exam.

General Orientation Information

Please refer to the Orientation website for more information about your Orientation Program. If you are unable to access the Web, call our office (724-357-4067 V/TD) for a mailing that will contain the information found on our website. As you prepare, please review, print, and/or bring with you:

  • All clothing and materials for your residence for the semester
  • Essay Information (bring – print from Orientation website)
  • Sample Tests (review – on Orientation Placement website)
  • Orientation or IUP Map (check website for updates just before leaving for Orientation and bring with you)
  • Bring a calculator labeled with your name if you wish to use it for the math exams. Only approved calculators are allowed. (There are both regular and scientific calculators available on the exam itself. If there is any question about the calculator you bring, it will be disallowed.) Note: You should not rely on prior experience for the Math exam. Be sure to review the sample questions.

Since IUP Orientation is mandatory, remember that enrollment in the program constitutes your being on campus, and fully participating in the program throughout its two-day duration, including all evening activities. (Please note that this is true for fall commuters as well.) Do not plan to leave before the program ends at approximately 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 20, or before approximately 3:00 p.m. on Friday, August 21.

If you have questions about the Orientation program, please e-mail us at (preferred), or call our office at 724-357-4067 (VOICE/TD) Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Parents and Family Members

Parent Orientations have ended for 2015. Information about spring and summer 2016 Orientations will be available mid-March 2016.

Parking Information

During Orientation, guests may park free of charge at any unreserved spaces (space numbers 315–425). These spaces are located on the fourth floor of the parking garage.

Other than the unreserved spaces on the fourth floor of the IUP parking garage, if you choose to park at a meter—or pay-by-space location—either on campus or in town, you must put coins in the meter, or you will receive a ticket.

For Late Orientation Only

In addition to the parking garage, patrons may park in any unreserved non-metered location on campus. However, all cars must be moved off campus (to Robertshaw) at night, with or without a Robertshaw parking tag. Students who plan to keep cars with them during the semester may then go to Parking Services Friday afternoon or early the week of August 24 to apply for a Robertshaw parking permit.

Handicapped Parking

Persons with a handicapped license plate or placard and those with a special parking permit are permitted to park in handicapped spaces.

Travel Directions

For the most up-to-date directions to campus, please visit the Map, Directions, and Parking website.

Air Travel

Most flights arrive at Pittsburgh International Airport (approximately 75 miles from Indiana). Some airlines may fly to Latrobe Airport (approximately 35 miles from Indiana) or the Jimmy Stewart Airport (Indiana, Pa.). The ability to secure transportation from the airport should be carefully considered when making travel arrangements. Please contact all airlines/airports/transportation services directly.

Bus Service


Fullington Trailways offers transportation from the Pittsburgh International Airport to Indiana, Pa. Specific information may be acquired by contacting the company at 724-465-7827. Fullington Trailways also services Indiana, Pa., from multiple locations within Pennsylvania. Buses arrive at 1205 CC Maple Street, Indiana, Pa. Transportation from the bus station in Indiana may be arranged through contacting Turbo Taxi at 24-465-8294. Check ahead for specific hours of operation and or to arrange a ride. (Unlike some cities, taxi service is pre-arranged and not on-call.)


Transit services are available throughout the Indiana County Transit Authority regular bus routes.

Train Travel

Amtrak services may be available to/from Pittsburgh (approximately 60 miles from Indiana) and Johnstown, Pa. (approximately 30 miles from Indiana). As with air travel, students and family members traveling by train need to ensure appropriate connections to Indiana via bus or taxi.

Additional directions and information is available on the IUP website.