IUP Continues National Recognition in U.S. News & World Report, Ranked Highly for Social Mobility

Posted on 9/20/21 11:55 AM

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is ranked, for the twenty-eighth consecutive year, as one of the “Best National Universities” in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

IUP is also one of only four universities in Pennsylvania ranked as a “Top Public” university and is one of only 18 universities selected for the National Universities listing.

IUP is also included in the “Top Performers in Social Mobility” ranking, one of only 18 universities in Pennsylvania selected for this recognition.

Social Mobility measures how well schools graduated students who receive federal Pell grants, those typically coming from households whose family incomes are less than $50,000.

In the ranking, editors praised IUP for its academic rigor, and highlighted the Eberly College of Business, the College of Education and Communications, the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, the Cook Honors College, and the Career and Professional Development Center.

Editors also recognized the opportunities for students to become involved in the more than 250 campus clubs, Greek life, and intramural sports teams at IUP.

Information for the rankings comes from independent, national data sources, along with peer reviews and student surveys. A total of 1,466 bachelor’s degree granting institutions were assessed on 17 measures of academic quality for the rankings.

This recognition follows a number of national accolades for IUP, most recently in Washington Monthly’s national ranking of universities based on contributions to society; this publication also selected IUP as the only public Pennsylvania university in the northeast as a “Best Bang for the Buck” university. IUP has also been selected for the Princeton Review’s Best Colleges guidebook; by Forbes Magazine as one of “America’s Top Colleges;” and in scores of rankings for excellence and affordability of online programs.

IUP offers more than 120 undergraduate majors and more than 60 graduate programs, including 14 doctoral 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.