Brief History

Sutton Hall, 1875

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Founded more than 145 years ago, Indiana University of Pennsylvania has grown from a school with 225 students and one building to a world-renown university spread over 374 acres with more than 10,000 students studying more than 130 programs.

It was known as Indiana Normal School when it was founded in 1875. The one building everything was originally housed in, John Sutton Hall, still stands today as the heart of the IUP campus, and it is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Over the years, the school's name changed as it grew, from Indiana State Teachers College, in 1920, when it was awarded the right to grant degrees; to Indiana State College, in 1959; and finally to Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1965. Its first doctoral program was offered in 1969.

Fisher Auditorium, 1940

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education was created in 1983. IUP has consistently ranked as one of its largest schools, and it was the first of its universities to offer doctoral degrees. It is still the only school in the State System to offer graduate instruction at the doctoral level (PhD).

For more on the history of IUP, check out IUP Magazine's Winter 2010 feature, Then and Now: How the Campus Has (and Hasn't) Changed.