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Arrival Procedures for Freshman Students, Parents, and Families

Note: Students registered for (via online orientation enrollment form) participating in Northpointe or the Punxsutawney Advance College Experience (PACE) program (July 13) should report to their respective campuses, as denoted in previous mailings. All others . . .

If you have enrolled for Orientation appropriately, please review the following:

In order to be prepared for your attendance at Orientation, look over the following information and the document Confirming Your Orientation.

Since IUP Orientation is mandatory, remember that enrollment in the program constitutes your being on campus and participating fully with the program. If your parents and/or family members are attending the optional Parent and Family Orientation, plan to see them at the end of the second day. (Note: There is no Northpointe parent program.) Do not plan to leave before the program ends at approximately 5:00 p.m. on the second day.

All students take the English, math, and reading exams. You will find information about the exams and any related sample exams on our Orientation placement website. There are no sample exams for the education readiness exams. Your letter of confirmation, which will arrive about one week before your program, will indicate if any additional tests are required.

Please refer to the Confirming Your Orientation materials for more information about your Orientation Program. If you have questions about your Orientation Program, please e-mail us at orientation-testing@iup.edu (preferred) or call our office at 724-357-4067 (Voice/TD) Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

First-Year Students

  • Early arrival residence hall check-in (note: this must have been pre-reserved) takes place between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. the evening before the program at Stephenson Hall. Please eat dinner before arrival.
  • Students who are not arriving the night before the program should report to Stephenson Hall at 7:00 a.m. for regular residence hall check-in.
  • Program check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. on the first floor, main lobby of Stouffer Hall.
  • Meals are included, except for breakfast the first morning, in the student orientation fee.
  • Early arrivals can eat breakfast in Foster Dining Hall, opening at 7:00 a.m., at a charge of approximately $6.50.
  • Students must bring twin bedding, pillow, blanket or other cover, towels, toiletries and a change of clothing (casual is fine) for the overnight stay in the residence hall.
  • Students should bring an umbrella, up to $10 for snacks as desired (including quarters for vending), and a calculator.
  • Students’ Orientation fee (as well as any additional early arrival housing fee) will be added to their 2014 Fall bill.

Parents and Family Members

  • Early residence hall check-in (note: this must have been pre-reserved) takes place between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. the evening before the program at Stephenson Hall. Please eat dinner before arrival.
  • Parents and families who are not arriving the night before the program, but are staying overnight in a residence hall, should report to Suites on Pratt at 7:00 a.m. for regular residence hall check-in.
  • Parents and family members should then report to Hadley Union Building (HUB) between 7:45 a.m.–8:45 a.m. for program check-in. The first speaker will begin at 8:45 a.m.
  • A light continental breakfast will be available at the beginning of each day.
  • A meal voucher for lunch on the first day will be provided at program check-in. All other meals are on your own, so please prepare accordingly. You are always welcome to eat in Foster Dining Hall, where meals are available for under $10.
  • Parents should plan to pay the $50 per person orientation fee upon check-in, if they have not already enrolled via our online payment site. Computers will be available on-site for parents to enroll who were unable to do so previously.
  • Parents who choose to reside in the residence hall should plan to pay the $34 per person, per night, residence hall fee upon residence hall check-in if they have not already enrolled via the online payment site. Computers will be available at on-site for parents to enroll who were unable to do so previously.

Parking Information

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

Other than the unreserved spaces on the third and 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.

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 Travel

National

Fullington Trailways offers transportation from the Pittsburgh International Airport to Indiana, Pa. Specific information may be acquired by contacting the company at 724-463-0213 (or 1-800-942-8287). Fullington Trailways also services Indiana, Pa., from multiple locations within Pennsylvania. Buses arrive at 1176 Grant Street, Indiana, Pa. Transportation from the bus station in Indiana may be arranged through contacting one of two local taxi agencies: Turbo Taxi, 724-465-8294, or Red and White Taxi, 724-463-0270. 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.)

Local

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 are available on the IUP website

  • Advising and Testing Center
  • Pratt Hall, Room 216
    201 Pratt Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-4067
  • Fax: 724-357-2889
  • Office Hours for Orientation Questions
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–Noon
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.