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Tia Kipp: Accounting

Quakertown, Pa.
Major: Accounting

Recruited by an IUP woman's soccer coach who saw her play during a college showcase game, Tia Kipp was a distinguished honor roll student and top athlete in her high school, where she also started and rehearsed a student Brass Ensemble.

I chose IUP because of the academics and the athletics. IUP had the only Honors College that I saw offering substantial benefits. The HC approaches 'basic learning' from a different perspective. Rather than always having a professor lecture, the students have a chance to argue their point and share their ideas. And you not only have small classes here, you have professors teaching your courses, not graduate student teaching assistants.

Tia also chose IUP because she knew the university's business program had a good reputation. She was not disappointed.

When I have had questions as to what courses to take, or what to look for in a summer job, the professors – and other people in the department – have been extremely helpful. The accounting department also brings several companies to IUP throughout the year so students can talk with representatives and ask questions about the different companies and learn, first hand, what to expect. Often, campus business interviews are held for students, along with mock interviews to help students prepare for major interviews with companies."

Beyond these practical outside opportunities, Tia likes what she found in what the Honors College likes to call its "Community of Scholars."

I am not sure that I have seen a more diverse group of people so able to come to consensus on controversial topics. In the Honors College, people are generally open-minded and willing to hear your point of view. Along with that, the environment in the 'dorm' is very friendly. Doors are open and people are more than willing to have a conversation about almost anything. I was amazed by Whitmyre Hall on my first visit. There is artwork in the bathrooms and real doors, not curtains, on the showers. The rooms are nice, and every room has a computer. There's a printer you can use. Two well-equipped, modern kitchens. None of the other schools I looked at compared to the range of benefits I found at IUP's Honors College. I gathered that those other Honors Programs were simply programs where you took harder classes, had to maintain a certain QPA and got to register early….And, there is no other school that has a business program, honors program – and soccer program – like IUP's. And that doesn't even include the friendships I have gained over the past two years.

There is one more thing, on reflection, that Tia Kipp appreciates about IUP and the Honors College. A unique quality, beyond the program, beyond the amenities of Whitmyre Hall…IUP's renowned retreat in the heart of campus...the Oak Grove.

No other campus I visited had an Oak Grove like IUP's. Most people walk through the Oak Grove going to and from class, and some just sit in the grove and play guitar or read or talk with friends. In the fall, the scenery is beautiful with the changing of the leaves and during the winter months, the Oak Grove is covered in snow. And, then, in spring, the Oak Grove is beautiful all over again with the blooming of the trees and flowers.

Tia’s Accomplishments

Academic Distinction/Awards

  • Dean's List
  • Scholar Athlete, IUP Scholar Athlete, PSAC Conference

Community Service

  • Math Tutor
  • Indoor Soccer Coach for Indiana Community
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • YMCA Youth Soccer Volunteer


  • Soccer (Varsity Starter, two years in a row, appointed to Regional second team)