Information for Out-of-State Students

  • If you’re looking for an academic environment that not only challenges but welcomes and supports you, you’ve come to the right place.

    Offers You the Best of Both Worlds

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

    Founded in 1875, Indiana University of Pennsylvania is a vibrant, student-centered learning community with a teaching-focused, research-based faculty who are noted scholars in their fields. They often publish and are invited to give presentations to national audiences. In addition, the faculty encourage and support students who choose to do research, some beginning their freshman year.

    We are a doctoral-level university that has been recognized for the quality of our programs.

  • Six Good Reasons Out-of-State Students Chose IUP

    Not long ago, we conducted a student survey of our out-of-state students to learn more about why they chose IUP. Here are some of the reasons they considered IUP a wise choice.

    • Solid Academic Programs
    • Small Classes
    • Great People
    • Rich Cultural Experiences
    • Safe, Livable Setting
    • Bottom-Line Affordability
  • Transferring to IUP from Outside Pennsylvania

    Thinking of transferring to IUP? You'll be in good company. Students throughout the country transfer to IUP and find it to be a transfer-friendly school.

    Transferring credits to IUP is easy. We will provide you with an evaluation explaining how each of your credits transfers as soon as you apply and are admitted.

    You may need to send different application items depending on the number of transferable credits you’ve completed.

    If you need advice about how your credits will probably transfer before applying, talk to an admissions counselor by contacting the admissions office at 724-357-2230 or by e-mail at

    Residency Information for Transfer Students

    Many students who transfer from other states have questions about becoming a Pennsylvania resident.

    If you don't meet residency requirements, you may only need to take 45-72 credits at non-resident tuition in order to graduate from IUP, depending on the number and type of courses you transfer.

    Be sure to talk with one of our transfer counselors to find the plan that suits your situation best.

  • Where's Indiana, Pennsylvania?

  • IUP is in Indiana, Pennsylvania, a large town/small city situated 55 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. You can easily walk from campus into Indiana, where a main street of shops and restaurants is a popular destination for students. There are also beautiful parks near campus and in the surrounding area.

    Take the IUP Virtual Tour

    Visit our beautiful campus through a virtual tour led by our students.

  • Transportation Advantage

    You may have a car on campus even as a freshman. However, the social life of the student body is mostly on campus, so there are few reasons to need a car. There is a ride board in the Student HUB that helps students identify others with whom they could share rides home for holidays and breaks. Public transportation is available as well. Students can ride local buses around campus and the Indiana area for free with their I-cards.

    Estimated travel time to Indiana (by car) from selected cities (in hours):

    • Buffalo, 3.5
    • Cleveland, 3
    • New York, 7
    • Morgantown, 2
    • Richmond, 6
    • Trenton, 6
    • Washington, 4
    • Wilmington, 5
    • Youngstown 2
  • Our Reputation: Excellent Educational Value

    In addition to its affordability, IUP has repeatedly proven its standing as an academically strong university.

    IUP professors have won more than 60 Fulbright scholarships, and students have won 15 Fulbright awards, eight Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, 17 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships and 12 Freeman-Asia study abroad awards.

    Students can choose from more than 140 bachelor’s degree options including strong traditions and emerging career fields in education, business, the sciences, the humanities, the fine arts, and health and human services. Learn more about our majors.

    IUP has been recognized as an institution that provides a superior education at a reasonable cost by the following:

    • U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 Public Universities in the United States
    • Princeton Review’s Best 290 Business Schools
    • Princeton Review’s the Best 368
    • Barron’s Best Buys
    • Affordable Colleges Online’s Top Public Four-year Schools in PA for Return on Investment.
  • Why Attend IUP from Out-of-State?

  • Are There Other Out-of-State Students Attending IUP?

    IUP is a destination for students from all over the country and the world. Over 27 states and 16 countries are represented on campus. Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Ohio, West Virginia, and Virginia typically have the highest numbers among the states outside Pennsylvania.

  • Honors College That Supports You and Takes You Far

    At Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a prestigious honors education is not only reasonably priced, but also comes with written guarantees you won’t find spelled out in many college brochures. Within our Cook Honors College, you can count on:

    • Affordable cost—Because IUP does not charge more for an honors education, your tuition is the same as for regular admissions to the university
    • Special scholarships that renew every year are reserved only for honor students
    • Early registration for classes—honors students are among the first to select classes
    • Small class sizes limited to about 20 students per classroom for honors courses
    • Honors core classes and special opportunities only for honor students
    • The Cook Honors College Achievement Fund that helps students pay for research, travel, internships, and exploration. This fund exclusively supports the few hundred Honors College students at IUP.
    • Creative opportunities to join Honors College groups founded by our students, such as a singing group called the Warblers and a theater club that performs student-written plays and musicals
    • Opportunities to do undergraduate research with professors
    • Students and alumni who have gone on to study at Harvard and work for NASA
    • Housing that is the best value on campus. All Honors College freshmen stay in Whitmyre Hall together to build friendships and support each other.
    • Whitmyre Hall is a community-focused residence hall with a home-like atmosphere and a library, great hall, classrooms for honors courses only, meeting rooms, a large kitchen for student use, a large television lounge, study lounges, an exercise room, and music practice areas.

    Note: Information current as of December 5, 2018.