IUP at a Glance

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    Founded in 1875, IUP is a vibrant, comprehensive, research-based, teaching-focused, student-centered learning community.

    IUP combines the academic opportunities of a large university with the highly personalized and intimate learning-centered environment of a small college.

    Nearly 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled in our accredited and nationally recognized programs, enjoying traditional and nontraditional classroom experiences, engaging in research and service activities with their faculty mentors, becoming lifelong learners, preparing for rewarding careers and productive lives, and developing leadership skills for effective citizenship.

    Institutional Accolades

    IUP makes significant contributions to the economic and cultural strength of the region, the commonwealth, and the nation through education, scholarship, and service.

    • IUP has been ranked nationally as a "Best for Vets" university by Military Times.
    • Our community service earns national recognition, having been chosen for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
    • IUP has been nationally ranked among socially responsible schools by Washington Monthly.

    IUP is consistently ranked among the best institutions in the region for quality and cost.

    University Accreditation

    • IUP is accredited by the Middle States Association Commission on Higher Education. IUP has received consecutive reaffirmations of accreditation since 1941.


    Located in the heart of Indiana, Pennsylvania, IUP’s main campus has grown from 12 acres and one building in 1875, to 354 acres and 65 major buildings. The IUP Student Cooperative Association not only owns and operates the Hadley complex adjacent to the main campus but also owns and maintains a 280-acre outdoor recreational park a short distance away.

    • Affiliate campuses are located in Punxsutawney, Northpointe (Armstrong County), and Pittsburgh East (Monroeville).

    • The nationally recognized IUP Academy of Culinary Arts is in Punxsutawney.

    • IUP also offers courses through the State System’s Dixon Center in Harrisburg and through distance education.

    • The IUP Libraries consists of the Stapleton/Stabley building, the Orendorff Music Library, the Punxsutawney Regional Library, and the Northpointe Regional Library. The Stapleton/Stabley building, which serves as the central university library, houses the main book and periodical collections, technical and public services, special collections and archives, as well as media resources and services. All libraries and all services are an integral part of IUP Libraries, a system whose resources are linked by means of an automated union catalog.

    Enrollment and Students

    In fall 2018, there were 11,325 students:

    • 9,215 undergraduates
    • 2,110 graduate students
    • 58 percent female, 42 percent male
    • 2,466 (20 percent) minority
    • 711 (6 percent) international

    IUP students are bright, inquisitive, and accomplished


    IUP students enjoy a 16:1 student/faculty ratio. Nearly all classes are taught by faculty members, as opposed to graduate assistants.

    • Four faculty have been included in a list of the 300 highest rated by students in the US (Princeton Review.)

    • Faculty have won more than 60 Fulbright scholarships, allowing them to study and research in more than a score of countries.

    • Faculty research has been sponsored by institutions such as the National Science Foundation, NASA, the American Chemical Society, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the US Department of Education.

    Degree Programs

    Not only does IUP offer an abundance of undergraduate and master’s programs, but it is the only university in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to offer Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Degrees are offered from the broader, more traditional (philosophy, anthropology) to the career specific (safety sciences, respiratory therapy). IUP boasts:

    Student Life

    Students benefit from the leadership, professional, service, and social opportunities offered by more than 250 exciting student organizations, including 32 fraternities and sororities.

    • IUP has been ranked sixth in student clubs and activities among colleges in the mid-Atlantic region by College Insider.

    Find out more about student life at IUP.


    IUP competes in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and is an NCAA Division II member.

    • Seven varsity sports for men (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, swimming, and track and field) and 10 for women (basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field and volleyball).
    • Scholarships are available for all varsity sports.
    • IUP students also get involved in a variety of club and intramural sports.

    Find out more about athletics at IUP.


    Our colors are crimson and gray.

    IUP Value

    IUP keeps tuition costs competitive using the per-credit tuition model. Find out an estimate of the 2020-21 tuition costs with our Cost Estimator.

    IUP disburses substantial financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, work-study programs, and low-interest loans. In 2016–17:

    • 11,522 students received financial aid.
    • 4,719 received scholarship money specifically from IUP totaling more than $7 million.

    Find more information about IUP in the Crimson Snapshot.

    The Foundation for Indiana University of Pennsylvania

    The Foundation for Indiana University of Pennsylvania is a nonprofit organization founded in 1967. The Mission of the Foundation is to assist the University with achieving its goals by maximizing private support and acquiring or otherwise providing scholarships, buildings, grounds or other suitable facilities, improvements or equipment for the university and students. As of June 30, 2020 the Foundation Investment Portfolio was more than $102.7 million (of which approximately $61 million in endowed funds).

    Note: Information current as of December 5, 2018.