Latino Student Exploration Day

Latino Student Exploration Day is our chance to show you all we have to offer. It’s your chance to learn more about IUP and the many opportunities that college can provide. Join us, virtually, to enjoy a wonderful day learning about our programs and our campus.

You may even be awarded a renewable scholarship offer from the Office of Admissions.

What You’ll Do at Latino Student Exploration Day

  • Get information on applying to IUP, financial aid, and campus life.
  • Talk with current IUP students, faculty, and staff.
  • Explore what our beautiful campus has to offer.
  • Some students may receive a renewable scholarship offer.

Join This Year’s In-Person Event—November 11-12, 2022

  • For more information, please contact Shawn Jones:
    Email -
    Phone - 724-357-7948
  • Latino Student Exploration Day is sponsored by IUP’s Latino Student Organization (LaSO) and Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Office of Admissions.

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Juan Gonzalez

Professors, Student Organizations Make IUP Home Away from Home

"Over the last two years, I have realized that IUP is truly my home far away from home. I am a Crimson Hawk at heart. Everything, from the professors who teach us to the many organizations on campus, has made my time at IUP unforgettable. I have grown tremendously and that is thanks to everything IUP has offered me."

Juan Gonzalez, Accounting and Management Information Systems (MIS) double major, Promising Scholar, Eberly Business Honors Program, Latino Student Organization (vice president), National Association of Black Accountants (secretary), Student Accounting Association

Want to Hear from Some of Our Students?

Open up each story to hear their first-hand accounts of coming to IUP.

Pamela Castillo-Herrera's Advice to Freshmen: Just Like You Get Involved on Campus, Get Involved in Classes

Penelope Rodriquez Found Mentors in Her Major for an Educational Environment She Called "Phenomenal and Very Motivating"

Current Student Penelope Rodriguez—

Deciding to attend IUP was one of the most impulsive decision I have ever made, yet I regret nothing. Being a first-generation student was scary, I did not know what to expect or how being so far from home would affect me, but I took a leap of faith and have not looked back since.

I am currently a senior majoring in Human Development and Family Relations with a minor in Special Education. IUP has forced me to get out of my comfort zone. Attending this school, I did not know anyone. I was naturally an introvert and my only solution for that was getting involved in and around campus. My biggest accomplishment was joining Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority incorporated. Not only did this organization expose me to so many individuals, but it also gave me the opportunity to get involved on campus through programs and community service. It has also taught me to be more professional and take leadership head on.

College is not all about organizations and clubs. However, if I could give incoming freshmen advice, it would be to join clubs and become involved, because there is where you will find your people and passion.

I am grateful to receive the education that I am at this school. The environment is phenomenal and very motivating. I have had so many influencers within my major alone. I am also grateful for all of the relationships I have made while being here.

Juan Gonzalez Gained Business Expertise and Leadership Opportunities

Juan Gonzalez—

Over the last two years, I have realized that IUP is truly my home far away from home. I am a Crimson Hawk at heart. Everything, from the professors who teach us to the many organizations on campus, has made my time at IUP unforgettable. I have grown tremendously and that is thanks to everything IUP has offered me.

Although many might not like it, accounting was definitely the major that spoke to me. I took four years of it in high school and fell in love with it. I continue to learn more about it at IUP, thanks to the tremendous professors at Eberly and the Business Honors program. The Business Honors program has provided me with many amazing opportunities to network, as well as a cohort that feels like a family to me. While studying accounting, I became interested in the technology that is used in the field and quickly realized that it is an essential skill that I could pick up during my time at IUP. With this realization, I asked around Eberly and stumbled upon Management Information Systems (MIS). I added it as a second major, and, with this, I am on track to get my Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification.

Besides being heavily involved in my coursework, I try to be heavily involved outside the classroom. I got involved with the Latino Student Organization (LaSO) on campus my freshman year, and now, I am the vice president of the organization. We're always working on finding ways to have more Latinx students involved on campus and promoting cultural awareness at IUP while working with other student organizations. Other organizations I have been getting involved with include the Student Accounting Association (SAA), which has provided many opportunities for business majors like me, the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), whose goal is similar to that of the SAA while helping underrepresented groups on campus. I also participated in ROTC these past two years, which has taught me much discipline, taught me the importance of teamwork, and provided me with some unforgettable friends and memories.

At IUP, the possibilities are endless. However, you decide your path and what your future will be. You must always seek opportunities and put in the work, rather than do the bare minimum to get by. Learn outside of the classroom; self-education can get you places you never thought of. Get to know your professors, as they all can provide you with wisdom and opportunities. An accounting professor of mine presented me with an opportunity to intern at a firm I dreamt of working for, so I seized the opportunity, and I am forever grateful. I am grateful for the opportunities, memories, and friendships IUP has provided me with. I strive to become a better person each day, and I hope to be able to help others along the way.