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.

    Almost 13,000 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 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’s beautiful main campus is located in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and spans 374 acres. A combination of historical charm and state-of-the-art facilities, it includes 59 major buildings and 11 athletic fields.

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

    • The IUP Academy of Culinary Arts also is in Punxsutawney.

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

    • Stapleton/Stabley Library, located on the Indiana campus, is the central university library. The IUP library system has a collection of more than 900,000 books, maintains subscriptions to about 15,000 serials in multiple formats, and houses more than 100,000 audiovisual materials.

    Enrollment and Students

    In fall 2017, there were 12,316 students:

    • 10,143 undergraduates
    • 2,173 graduate students
    • 58 percent female, 42 percent male
    • 3,444 (28 percent) minority
    • 809 (7 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, 2012).

    • 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 14 fraternities and 13 sororities.

    • IUP ranks sixth in student clubs and activities among colleges in the mid-Atlantic region. College Insider, 2013

    Find out more about student life at IUP.


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

    • Eight varsity sports for men and 11 for women.
    • 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: For the 2015–16 academic year:

    • Undergraduate in-state tuition, not including housing, dining, or fees: $3,530 per term
    • Graduate in-state tuition: $500/credit

    IUP disburses substantial financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, work-study programs, and low-interest loans. In 2013–14:

    • No. of students who received aid: 12,748
    • Average award: $14,038

    For the 2014–15 academic year, 75 percent of our students received financial assistance.

    Find more information about IUP in the Crimson Snapshot.