IUP was selected for the following:
Princeton Review’s Best Colleges guidebook, 2002–16. The university was also ranked among the “Best Northeastern Colleges” in the 2010 and 2011 editions.
US News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” list, 1995–2016.
Forbes magazine’s “America’s Best Colleges” list, 2010–12
President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts to America’s communities, 2009–14.
The Other College Guide: A Roadmap for the Right School for You's rankings of "best bang for the buck" universities in 2016.
Washington Monthly’s national ranking of universities based on contributions to society, 2009–16.
Pennsylvania Business Central’s “Top 100 Organizations” list for 2010–13.
Diverse Issues in Higher Education (March 2009): top 12 doctoral universities with the largest share of female tenured professors in the nation in 2008. IUP ranked seventh.
Diverse Issues in Higher Education (March 2009): top 100 institutions producing the most minority recipients of graduate and professional degrees in the nation in 2008. IUP ranked 46th in the nation.
Consumers Digest magazine’s 2007 rankings of the “Top 50 Best Values for Public Colleges and Universities.” IUP was ranked fourth.
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” list for 2007. The university was ranked 25th in Pennsylvania and 40th in the nation.
One of the top institutions in the nation for its doctoral faculty productivity, ranked among the top 10 specialized research universities in the nation in the 2007 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, a product of Academic Analytics
Honors for IUP colleges include the following:
IUP’s Eberly College of Business and Information Technology was cited six times in Princeton Review’s Best Business Schools (2005–16). In 2010, the college was named one of the nation’s top 15 graduate schools of business in Princeton
Review’s “Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools” in the Marketing and General Operations categories. This list was featured in the April 2010 issue of Entrepreneur magazine.
IUP’s Robert E. Cook Honors College is featured in Donald Asher’s Cool Colleges for the Hyperintelligent, first and second editions (2001, 2007).
As of 2016, seven IUP students have been named Barry M. Goldwater Scholars for excellence in science and mathematics. They are: Kara McClain (2016), Dan O’Hara (2013), Kelsi Lindblad (2010), Elizabeth Paladin Jeffries (2007), Kristin
Juhasz (2006), Thomas Baker (2004), and Brigid Mooney Rotigel (2003).
As of 2012, IUP professors have won more than 60 Fulbright scholarships since the program’s inception in 1946, the most of any university in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
As of 2012, IUP students have won 12 Fulbright awards since the first student award in 1996. Only 1,200 university students in the nation are chosen for this scholarship annually.
From 2006 to 2013, IUP students won 14 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship awards. Fewer than 400 students annually are chosen for these awards, which are funded by Congress and sponsored by the US Department of State, Bureauy
of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the Institute of International Education. The program strives to prepare US students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.
IUP students won eight Freeman-Asia study-abroad awards from 2002 to 2008. Sponsored by the Institute of International Education, this program supports American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study
overseas in East or Southeast Asia.
As of 2012, five IUP students have received awards through the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi for fellowship, study abroad, or graduate study.