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Message from the President

Accolades and Achievements

Tony Atwater

President Tony Atwater

As loyal alumni and friends, you do, I know, keep Indiana University of Pennsylvania number one in your hearts and minds. It is most gratifying to see that an independent national publication agrees with our personal assessment of our university.

According to Consumers Digest magazine, Indiana University of Pennsylvania is ranked number one of all Pennsylvania’s public colleges and universities and fourth in the nation in the publication’s rankings of the best values in public colleges.

This recognition comes on the heels of IUP’s selection as number forty—and one of only five Pennsylvania institutions—chosen for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s February, 2007, listing of the 100 “Best Values in Public Colleges.”

While these accolades are public tributes to IUP’s commitment to offering an outstanding educational experience at a most competitive price, these citations come as no surprise.

IUP has a long list of rave reviews from many notable publications. IUP is a Princeton Review’s Best 361 Colleges guidebook selection (an honor we have enjoyed for the past six years) and is included in all of Princeton Review’s “Best in the Mid-Atlantic” guidebooks.  IUP’s Eberly College of Business and Information Technology has been for the past three years, listed in Princeton Review’s Best 237 Business Schools. IUP also is included in all the editions of Kaplan Publishing’s Unofficial, Unbiased  Guide to the Most Interesting Colleges. 
IUP is featured in Martin Nemko’s How to Get an Ivy League Education at a State University and was cited in Money magazine as a great educational value.  IUP was one of the 25 “Most Wired” campuses chosen by Forbes.com and was recognized by Careers and Colleges magazine as a “gem of a school” for its affordability and academic excellence.
The Robert E. Cook Honors College is included in both the first and second editions of Donald Asher’s Cool Colleges for the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming, and Just Plain Different. The Cook Honors College’s innovative core curriculum, residential immersion program, and critical thinking skills are cited as among the nation’s best.

IUP’s national ranking is reflected in its All-Steinway School status. IUP is one of only sixty colleges and universities worldwide with that distinction.

IUP’s student Residential Revival, our $250-million student housing project, is the largest of its kind at any college or university in America.  This project will virtually replace all of IUP’s current student housing with modern buildings reflecting a living-learning philosophy, suite-style accommodations, and green spaces reminiscent of the Oak Grove. The building design reflects a commitment to the national Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building program.

These accolades, however, are only the beginning chapter of IUP’s chronicles of achievement.

IUP has the greatest number of Fulbright faculty scholars in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (fifty-nine). On the national front, in the past decade, IUP has produced six student Fulbright winners; four Goldwater Scholars; one Truman Fellowship winner; three Ali-Zaidi award winners (recognizing the most outstanding graduate in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education); two Gilder Lehrman History Scholars; a Gallagher Fellowship for excellence in political science; four Freeman-Asia scholarship recipients; and two Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts national winners.

Departments are recognized as outstanding in their fields, faculty members are named as educators of the year, and our student-athletes routinely secure PSAC honors, including scholar-athlete of the year awards and selection for USA Today All-American recognition. Graduates achieve in all fields throughout the world, and you will learn more about our outstanding alumni in this and every issue of IUP Magazine.

IUP is, simply put, a place where the achievements of students, faculty, and staff go “Beyond Expectations.” I am honored to be president of this extraordinary institution.