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Arrival Procedures for Freshman Students

Note: Students registered for (via online orientation enrollment form) participating in Northpointe or the Punxsutawney Advance College Experience (PACE) program (July 2) 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. Do not plan to leave before the program ends at approximately 3:00 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 (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

July 28-29, 2016 Orientation only:

  • Students should report to Suites on Pratt residence hall at 1:30 p.m. for regular residence hall check-in.
  • Program check-in begins at 2:30 p.m. on the first floor, main lobby of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building (981 Grant Street, Indiana, PA 15705).
  • Meals are included.
  • 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 2016 fall bill.

Parents and Family Members

There is no orientation program scheduled for parents and family members on July 28-29.

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


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 are available on the IUP website