The University College: Becoming an Explorer!

Posted on 2/1/2019 2:00:29 PM

To give our students the best possible start, IUP has developed the University College to support students as they seek the academic path that fits their career goals. The UC is intended to meet a student where they are, and helps them get the most from their education right from the start.

For first-year students, there are resources to help them get a strong start academically. For students applying to IUP starting with the fall 2019 term, there are seven new, specialized exploring options replacing the undecided major. Within each of the seven options, students will work with college mentors to explore multiple majors in areas that interest them to find the major that fits their skills and abilities.

The University College helps new students make a smooth transition to college classes while exploring the university’s many majors and academic offerings. The staff are also here to help all students throughout their college experience. Most of the UC services are available to all undergraduate students, so students can take advantage of them for all four years.

Introducing the University College Staff

Hillary StittHillary Stitt, Assistant Director

Joining IUP in fall 2018, Hillary previously spent 10 years at the University of Pittsburgh–Bradford, where she held positions as an academic advisor, retention specialist, and director of TRiO Student Support Services, a federally funded program that provides underrepresented student populations with opportunities for academic and career development, assists students with navigating and meeting college requirements, and motivates students toward the successful attainment of a college degree.

Hillary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Services from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science degree in Secondary School Counseling from University of Scranton.

Allison BakerAllison Baker, Student Support Specialist

Allison joins the University College from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Office, where she served since 2015. She is a member of the President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion and co-chair of Subcommittee #6: Enhancing and Supporting Professional Development and Diversity Awareness for Faculty and Staff. She helped create the inaugural Diversity Action Plan and serves as an Executive Committee member and chapter officer of the IUP chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Allison is an IUP Safe Zone member and is GreenDot trained.

Allison is a proud IUP alumna, with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling and a bachelor’s degree in child development and family relations.

Jeremy RisingerJeremy Risinger, Student Support Specialist

An alumnus of IUP, Jeremy has attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education. As an undergraduate student, he worked as a Crimson Guide for the Office of Admissions. He was also involved with the IUP Ambassadors, Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, and as a volunteer for Welcome Weekend.

As a graduate student, Jeremy gained valuable experience in a number of IUP offices. He served as the graduate assistant for the Office of Student Conduct, as a mock interviewer for the Career and Professional Development Center, and in the Office of Admissions. He was a graduate intern for the Office of Annual Giving and volunteered with the Office of New Student Orientation. He also was a graduate intern in the Office of Career Development at Chatham University.

Chartice WyattChartice Wyatt, Student Support Specialist

Chartice Wyatt is a doctoral candidate in the Administration and Leadership Studies program at IUP. She joins the University College from the Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining, where she worked as an assistant residence director. Chartice is an IUP Safe Zone member and is GreenDot trained, and she serves on the Academic Committee of the University Senate.

An alumna of Robert Morris University, she received a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and a master’s degree in exercise science from IUP. Chartice is a former Division I student athlete with a passion for helping student athletes achieve academic success.

Students and faculty may contact any member of the UC staff by email at For more information about specific student populations served by individual staff members, please visit the University College website.