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Getting Started

  • Registration

    IUP students register for distance education courses through MyIUP, just as they register for any other course. Non-IUP students must register through the Office of Extended Studies by completing the online application. Once your application is received, we will make every effort to enroll you in your course(s). Once enrolled, you will receive registration confirmation and shortly thereafter, a bill from the Bursar’s Office for tuition and fees (which includes a deadline for payment).

    Follow this link for Registration Instructions. Please read on for other specifics.

    Two to Three Weeks Prior to the Beginning of the Course

    1. Be sure your computer meets minimum technical specifications.
    2. Order textbooks: Books for the online courses are available at the IUP Co-op Store. When you log into your MyIUP account, you will see what textbooks are required for the courses you are taking. Call the IUP Co-op Store at 800-537-7916 if you need further assistance.
    3. Set up your IUP e-mail (imail) account.
    4. Obtain software, etc. listed in the description of your course.
    5. Update your mailing address.
    6. Familiarize yourself with the learning management system to be used in your course--Desire2Learn or Moodle. If you do not know which system you will be using, contact your instructor.

    Student Responsibility to Have an IUP E-mail Account and Log into MyIUP

    When you receive notification that your application and registration have been approved, you will also receive instructions for accessing your IUP e-mail account. IUP uses e-mail as an official form of communication with its students. Please use this account to communicate with your professor and to receive official communications from IUP. Check your IUP e-mail account regularly!

    The MyIUP website is where you will find your IUP e-mail, your registration information, your final grade, and much more.

    Basic Abilities

    Students should have the following basic abilities to participate in online courses:

    • to use a mouse (double-click, block, drag, and drop) or keyboard or similar device to manipulate online content
    • to use a web browser, such as Internet Explorer
    • to send, receive, and reply to e-mail
    • to navigate of the Internet
    • to download and install plug-ins and required software

    Hardware and Software Requirements

    You will want to assure that you have the necessary hardware and software to participate in your online course. IUP has established the following hardware recommendations for students participating in online courses. Additionally, students will want to purchase an office productivity suite; Microsoft Office is recommended. 

    Some courses may require additional hardware and software. For Example some courses have video files to be viewed using Media Player, which requires additional hardware. 

    University Proctored Exam Arrangements

    If you live more than fifty miles from main campus and your instructor requires a proctored exam, you must make the arrangements. It is your responsibility to recommend someone who fits the criteria and provide the contact information to the instructor of your course. A proctor cannot be a member of your family or household. Please note that the university cannot pay for proctor service. See the Proctored Exam page for complete instructions.

    Access Grades

    Students obtain grades electronically at IUP. You will not receive your grades in the mail but will access them via the web on the academics page on MyIUP.

    Dropping/Withdrawing from a Course

    IUP Students

    Current IUP students can drop a course during the Drop/Add period or withdraw from a course before the withdrawal deadline date through MyIUP. After the Drop/Add period, regular IUP students must follow the procedures for a withdrawal. For details on the Individual Course Withdrawal Policy, please see the Registrar’s website. For information on refunds, please see the Bursar’s website. Failure to notify IUP will result in continued billing, the complete loss of tuition and fees paid, and an "F" grade.

    Non-IUP Students

    To drop a course (before the drop deadline date), or withdrawal from a course (after the drop deadline date), non-IUP students must contact the Office of Extended Studies via e-mail at or telephone at 724-357-2292. Depending on the date you withdraw from a course, certain fees will still apply. Failure to notify IUP will result in continued billing, the complete loss of tuition and fees paid, and an "F" grade.

    Note to All Distance Education Students

    Non-payment of fees and/or non-participation in your course does not constitute a withdrawal from the course.