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Arrival Procedures for Freshman Students

Note: Students participating in Northpointe (Monday, January 11) or the Late Punxsutawney Orientation Program (Sunday, January 17) should report to their respective campuses, as denoted in previous mailings.

IUP Indiana Orientation Arrival Procedures

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.

All students take the English, math, and reading exams. You’ll 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.

If you have questions about your Orientation Program, please e-mail us at (preferred) or call us at 724-357-4067 (Voice/TD) Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

First-Year Students

  • Residence hall check-in (if you have contracted to live in an IUP residence hall) takes place between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. the afternoon of Wednesday, January 13, 2016, in the office of the building in which you are assigned to live. Contact the Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining for more information.
  • For residential students: After check-in at the residence hall on January 13, please proceed to the HUB. Go the 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 January 13). Dinner on Wednesday, January 13, is on your own, at your expense. (If you have moved in from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. you may eat dinner at Folger Dining Hall from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at a cast cost of approximately $9.00) Breakfast on Thursday, January 14, may be on your own or you may partake of a very light continental breakfast at program check-in. Orientation provides lunch and dinner on Thursday, January 14, and breakfast and lunch on Friday, January 15. Folger Dining Hall is open on Friday evening, January 15. It is not open on Saturday evening, January 16. Therefore, we have arranged to identify which students contracted for university housing and will be remaining on campus so that we can provide bagged dinners on on Saturday, January 16. Pick up details will be provided at Orientation. (Note: If you indicate that you are remaining and wish a bagged dinner on Saturday, January 16, you must pick the dinner up at the designated time and location, provided to you at Orientation.) Official semester meals begin with brunch on Sunday, January 17, 2016.
  • For nonresidential students: Students should eat breakfast on Thursday, January 14, before checking in for Orientation or you may partake of a very light continental breakfast at program check-in. Lunch and dinner on Thursday, January 14, and a light continental breakfast and lunch on Friday, January 15, are provided at the dining hall as a part of Orientation. Further information about meals will be provided at the program.
  • Program check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 14, 2016, on the first floor, main lobby of Stouffer Hall.
  • Students’ Orientation fee will be added to their 2016 Spring bill.
  • Students who are taking the math placement tests should bring an approved calculator.

Parents and Family Members

  • We're unable to offer a parent and family member orientation in January.

Parking Information

During Orientation, guests may park free of charge at unreserved spaces.

Other than the unreserved spaces on the third and fourth floors of the IUP parking garage or in IUP parking lots, if you choose to park at an Indiana borough meter you must put coins in the meter, or you will receive a ticket. You will not be required to pay at the university pay-by-space locations as parking is not enforced for these spaces during university breaks. 

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. Please note, we have several exciting construction projects going on. Read the following carefully. Follow the directions to the campus as indicated. The construction map on this website should be reviewed and printed for your travel. You may also print the parking map, as long as you use it with the construction map. Since Orientation occurs between sessions, for Orientation you may park in any non-metered, non-pay-by-space, no-reserved space, if you are a commuter. If you are an on-campus residential student, see the Parking Office website for information. All students coming to Orientation should review the parking site for any changes to parking.

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.