IUP Selected for Princeton Review “Best Colleges” Guidebook

Posted on 9/1/21 9:26 AM

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been selected for the Princeton Review’s Best Colleges guidebook for the 21st consecutive year.

Fewer than 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges were chosen for the 2022 guidebook.IUP selected for princeton reviews best colleges guidebook

Editors based selection of universities on surveys and interviews with students. Schools in the guidebook are ranked in eight categories, including academics, admissions selectivity, and financial aid.

Students interviewed for the publication recognize IUP as a university that provides students “with an ‘inexpensive’ education replete with ‘respected’ programs, and an institution that ‘delivers on its promises’ with ‘truly stellar academic departments,’ and faculty who are ‘great, knowledgeable, and passionate about what they do.’ One student commented, “Professors feel like family and express that they genuinely care about the students outside of just the classroom situation. They see (us) as more than just students and aim to help us get the most of out of IUP resources and time.”

Students also praise the amount of opportunities to get involved on campus, saying, “Indiana, Pa. is very much a college town,” and noting that “It’s quite easy to lead a full (and busy!) life at IUP.”

Another student commented, “The variety of majors offered here attracts many different people with different interest and goals in life. Whatever you are looking for here, you will most likely find it.” Another student commented to guidebook editors, “There is a large mix of personalities on campus… Because of this, everyone can fit in with at least one type of group” and “the majority of undergrads are friendly and helpful and open to meeting new people.”

IUP offers more than 120 undergraduate majors and more than 60 graduate programs. In addition, students can complete more than 65 minors and scores of specialized tracks and certificate programs, including certificates in athletic coaching, gerontology, photography and digital imaging, popular music, and public history.

IUP continues to add state-of-the-art programs of study for its students. Its newest undergraduate majors are public health and environmental engineering, both in-demand careers in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation. With the addition of a PhD in business program, IUP now offers 14 different doctoral degrees. IUP is one of only four public, doctoral research universities in Pennsylvania.

IUP is routinely selected by national publications and websites for excellence, including “College Magazine’s “top 10 colleges and universities in Pennsylvania; U.S. News & World Reports “Best Colleges” list; Washington Monthlys national ranking of universities based on contributions to society; in Forbes Magazine as one of “America’s Top Colleges;” and in a number of rankings for excellence and affordability of online programs.