See what students say:


Indiana University of Pennsylvania maintains a simple way of doing things—provide students with an “inexpensive” education replete with “respected” programs. And the university has certainly delivered on those promises. Indeed, from the “good business school” to the “great writing program,” undergrads have their pick of some truly stellar academic departments. Special praise is reserved for IUP’s “fantastic” communications media program in which students have access to “a full-fledged commercial radio station (WIUP-FM), television studio (IUP-TV), two photography studios, a print studio, a full audio lab, a full motion capture/video game lab, and a huge center dedicated for media production and research (CMPR).” Beyond amazing facilities, undergrads at IUP have the privilege of learning from “great,” “knowledgeable” professors. Most instructors here work to ensure that “discussion[s are] a big part of [the classroom]...experience.” Moreover, it’s clearly evident that they’re “passionate about what they do.” As a journalism and public relations major explains, “My professors really care about their subjects and take the time to thoroughly explain concepts and ideas to students.” And a thrilled nursing major sums it up: “[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 out of IUP resources and time.”

Student Body

Many undergrads at Indiana University of Pennsylvania steadfastly assert that there’s “no typical student here.” As a geology and applied math double-major explains, “The variety of majors offered here attracts many different people with different interests and goals in life. Whatever you are looking for here, you will most likely find it.” A nutrition major concurs adding, “There is [a] large mix of personalities on campus. From jock, preppy, intellectual, band member, religious etc. Because of this, everyone can fit in with at least one type of group.” That being said, it can often feel as though the vast majority of students are “white, Christian, straight, and from an upper-middle class family in central or western PA.” A pre-med student bemoans, “IUP has very little diversity, and the towns these students come from also have very little diversity. It can be tough being different sometimes.” Thankfully, however, the majority of undergrads here are “friendly” and “helpful” and “open to meeting new people.”

Campus Life

It’s quite easy to lead a full (and busy!) life at IUP. After all, “there are many opportunities to get involved on campus.” Students can participate in “everything from National Honors Societies to sports teams, and everything in between.” While some students admit that “drinking is a large part of [social life]” at IUP, others insist that there “are great alternatives to partying.” These include “bingo on Friday nights, the incredible theatre productions, as well as multiple art galleries on campus.” We’re also told that “Indiana, PA is very much a college town.” And when students want to take a break from campus life, they often head to Philadelphia Street, “a bustling center of bars and restaurants...almost all of the businesses on Philly Street are very welcoming to students.” Many undergrads love taking advantage of “dollar bowling night” as well. And students yearning to get a little farther away can take advantage of IUP’s “really great entertainment network,” which frequently organizes trips to “Pirates games, Penguins games, Steeler[s’] games, museums, [and] concerts.” All in all, it’s easy to get out and about and Pittsburgh is only about an hour’s drive away.

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Nicole Carrera
Associate Director of Admission

Office of Admissions
120 Sutton Hall
Indiana, PA 15705



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Housing Quad
Oak Grove
Hadley Union Building Fitness Center/Food Court
Stapleton Library/Java City
Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex

Most Popular Places Off Campus
College Lodge Recreational Park
Whites Woods
Philadelphia St/Downtown Indiana restaurants and stores
Indiana Mall
Commonplace Coffee Shop

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

9:30am & 1:30pm & when classes in session

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
iupathletics.com/staff.aspx for emails

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Specific academic department

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Free local Bus Transportation Commercial Bus Transportation Airport: Pittsburgh International Airport (70 miles from campus) Amtrak train service: Latrobe (20 miles from campus) Greyhound bus service: Indiana

Driving Instructions to Campus
Indiana Campus, from the Northwest Interstate 79 south to Rt. 422 east Exit at Oakland Ave. (Rt. 286) Turn left on Oakland Ave. Proceed approximately 1 mile, past cemetery on right, until you see the university's archway. Indiana Campus, from the Northeast Interstate 80 west to Rt. 220 south Rt. 220 south to Altoona Rt. 22 west to Ebensburg Rt. 422 West to Indiana Exit at Oakland Ave. (Rt. 286) Turn right on Oakland Ave. Proceed approximately 2 miles, past cemetery on right, until you see the university's archway. Indiana Campus, from the Southwest Rt. 22 east to Indiana exit (1 exit east of Blairsville) Rt. 119 north to Indiana Rt. 422 west Exit at Oakland Ave. (Rt. 286) Turn right on Oakland Ave. Proceed approximately 2 miles, past cemetery on right, until you see the university's archway. Indiana Campus, from the Southeast PA Turnpike (Interstate 76) west to Bedford exit 11 Rt. 220 north to Altoona Rt. 22 west to Ebensburg Rt. 422 west to Indiana Exit at Oakland Ave. (Rt. 286) Turn right on Oakland Ave. Proceed approximately 2 miles, past cemetery on right, until you see the university's archway.

Local Accommodations
Indiana offers a wide variety of places to catch a good night's sleep, from charming bed-and-breakfasts to budget-priced motels. The Indiana County Tourist Bureau offers complete and up-to-date information on where to stay when you visit Indiana.


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Acceptance Rate: 93%



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