You’ll work hard at IUP, but there are also plenty of opportunities to step back from your studying and enjoy your life on campus. You’ll have access to everything you need to strike that perfect balance while you earn your degree.
Residence hall life has it all. You are close to classes, close to shows and sporting events, close to all campus dining options,
and close to fitness and health areas. It’s
your home base from day one of college and where many students make long-lasting friendships as they begin college life together. In IUP’s Living Learning Communities,
you can start out sharing a hallway with others who share your interests. You’ll find there’s a lot to love about living in the heart of IUP.
There’s so much to do at IUP. The Lively Arts brings in big name performers and touring shows, while STATIC,
the student-led entertainment organization, schedules popular music, comedy, and movie events. You can cheer on the Crimson Hawks or check out the University Museum and Kipp Art Gallery. You’ll also find interesting movies and speakers through IUP’s multicultural and student success program and the Six O’Clock Series.
Sing at open mic at the HUB—the audience is very chill (clapping guaranteed). Get involved in IUP-TV,
run a radio show, or write for the Penn. Try out for chorus or a play—most have open auditions—or help with a community service project like making home repairs for a veteran. Join a club, play your favorite sport on an intramural team,
or join a professional group like the Student Accounting Association, which holds an impressive career fair.
College can be challenging, but there are resources here to help you stay at your best and take on those challenges—from the fitness center and pool to the writing center and tutoring services.
IUP offers multicultural resources and services and a Military and Veterans Resource Center. There are also groups on or near campus that support various religious beliefs.
Not feeling well? See a nurse at the Health Center. For confidential counseling, contact the Counseling Center. There’s help available when you need it, just ask.
Just two blocks from campus is a friendly, walkable downtown with a wide variety of restaurants and a few unique coffee shops to explore. Get excellent pierogies, pizza, or pitas. You’ll know you are in Indiana when you hear actor Jimmy Stewart’s voice*
tell you when to cross Philadelphia Street.
Unlike universities that sit isolated from the surrounding town, or colleges set deep in cities, IUP is surrounded by a beautiful, medium-size town that has a reputation as a safe and vibrant community for its size.
Within a few blocks of campus, you can check out the Historical and Genealogical Society Museum, Jimmy Stewart Museum, or Mack Park.
Not in the mood for a short walk? Take the bus at no cost around the Indiana area with your I-Card. Buses run from campus to several local shopping plazas (including the Walmart plaza
and Indiana Mall, which has a movie theater).
Want to bike or go for a run instead? A walking, running, and biking trail starts in the parking lot behind the IUP tennis courts and continues south toward Homer City.
With just a 10-minute drive from campus, you can try out the hiking trails, disc golf course, and sledding hill at the College Lodge, or you can enjoy the view reflecting on the pond at the University Farm. Together, they make up the 270-acre IUP Co-op
On the edges of Indiana, you'll find the Indiana Skating Center ice rink and the Palace Gardens Drive-in Theater.
Parking on campus is available long-term with a purchased pass if you have a car. Car rentals are also available.
*Is it really Jimmy Stewart telling you when to cross? Actually, it's Rich Little, a famous impressionist, comedian, and voice actor who was a friend of his. Little, who has visited Indiana, Pennsylvania, was honored with the Jimmy Stewart Museum
Foundation’s Harvey Award.