Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) is a public research university in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is one of the two largest universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and thus the commonwealth's fourth or fifth largest public university. As of fall 2016, the university enrolled 10,618 undergraduates and 2,235 postgraduates for a total enrollment of 12,853 students. The university is 55 miles (89 km) northeast of Pittsburgh. It is governed by a local Council of Trustees and the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. IUP has branch campuses at Punxsutawney, Northpointe, and Monroeville.
IUP is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). A research-intensive institution, the university has been included in the 2013 list of "Best Northeastern" schools by The Princeton Review, and IUP's Eberly College of Business was included in the list of "Best Business Schools" in the Northeast.
IUP was conceived as Indiana Normal School, first chartered in 1871 by Indiana County investors. The school was created under the Normal School Act, which passed the Pennsylvania General Assembly on May 20, 1875. Normal schools established under the act were to be private corporations in no way dependent upon the state treasury. They were to be "state" normal schools only in the sense of being officially recognized by the commonwealth.
The school opened its doors in 1875 following the mold of the French Ecole Normale. It enrolled just 225 students. All normal school events were held within a single building which also contained a laboratory school for model teaching. Control and ownership of the institution passed to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1920. In 1927, by authority of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, it became State Teachers College at Indiana, with the right to grant degrees. As its mission expanded, the name was changed again in 1959 to Indiana State College. In 1965, the institution achieved university status and became Indiana University of Pennsylvania, or IUP.
IUP maintains a total enrollment of over 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students making it the largest school in the system and the only one elevated to doctoral granting status in PaSSHE's enabling legislation Pennsylvania Act 188 of 1982.
IUP offers over 140 undergraduate degree programs and 70 graduate degree programs under the direction of eight different colleges.
All enrollments are based on fall semester of 2013
Robert E. Cook Honors College was founded to offer a seminar style, discourse-based liberal studies curriculum.
IUP's 374-acre (1.51 km2) main campus is a mix of 62 old and new red brick structures. Its original building, a Victorian structure named John Sutton Hall once housed the entire school. Today Sutton Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It stands at the heart of campus—there was a fight to preserve it in 1974 when the administration scheduled it for demolition. Ironically, today it houses many administrative offices and reception areas. Breezedale Alumni Center is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Victorian mansion was once home to a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice.
The campus boasts a planetarium, University Museum, black box theater, Hadley Union Building (HUB), extensive music library, and a newly remodeled Cogswell Hall for the university's music community. Stapleton Library boasts 900,000-plus bound volumes and over 2 million microform units. At the heart of campus is the Oak Grove. Many alumni recall this spot because of its centrality and the many events that occur there. In January 2000 former President Lawrence K. Pettit established a board to create the Allegheny Arboretum at IUP. This group works to furnish the Oak Grove with flora native to the region. The university also operates an Academy of Culinary Arts in Punxsutawney and a police academy at its main campus.
The university's Student Cooperative Association also owns College Lodge several miles from campus. It provides skiing, biking, hiking, and disc golfing opportunities. Boat access is also made available through the Cooperative Association.
Over the last five years, IUP has demolished most of the 1970 era dormitories on campus. Demolition began during summer 2006 and facilities are being replaced with modern suites. Construction is ongoing with seven new dormitories completed for Fall 2009. Two more suite-style buildings were completed by Fall 2010. That semester, the ribbon cutting ceremony at Stephenson Hall was considered to have finished the four-year-long "residence hall revival". These suite-style rooms are similar to those being built at other universities in PaSSHE.
Academic Buildings: College of Humanities and Social Sciences (English, History, Journalism, Political Science, Religious Studies), Joseph Uhler Hall (Psychology, Criminology, Languages), Zink Hall (Health, Physical Education), Davis Hall (Journalism, Education), Edna Sprowls Hall (Art), Hamlin E. and Dorothy Cogswell Hall (Music), Andrew W. Wilson Hall (Criminology), Jane Leonard Hall (English, Geography and Regional Planning), Jean R. McElhaney Hall (Economics, Sociology, Anthropology), Reschini House (Center for Career and Technical Personnel Preparation), Patrick J. Stapleton Jr Library (Main Library), Rhodes R. Stabley Library (Media, Children's Library), Jeannie Ackerman Hall (Fashion, Family and Consumer Science, Food and Nutrition, Interior Design, Hospitality Management), Eicher Hall (Writing Center), Eberly College of Business, I. Leonard Stright Hall (Mathematics, Computer Science, Graduate School), Sally B. Johnson Hall (Safety Sciences, Nursing), Weyandt Hall (Geoscience, Physics, Chemistry, Biology), Matthew J. Walsh Hall (Physics, Chemistry, Biology), Pierce Hall (ROTC), George A. Stouffer Hall (Counseling, Communications, Education, Languages),Waller Hall (Theater).
Administrative Buildings: Willis Pratt Hall (career development, student activities, developmental studies), University Towers (university police, visitor center), President's Residence, Silas M. Clark Hall (bursar, registrar), Samuel W. Jack Cogeneration Plant (power plant), Robertshaw Building, R&P Office Building, John Sutton Hall ("Old Main")
Public Venues: Olive K. Folger Hall (food court, Crimson Event Center, Post Office), Hadley Union Building (HUB, Co-Op Store, Fitness Center), John S. Fisher Auditorium, David J. Waller Hall (Theater-by-the-Grove), George P. Miller Stadium, Memorial Field House, Foster Hall (dining), Daugherty Field, Oak Grove, Breezedale Alumni Center, Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex (Opened March 4, 2011).
Residential Buildings: IUP's Living-Loving-Learning Communities are noted in parentheses. Susan Snell Delaney Hall (Civic Engagement, Criminology, English, ROTC, Social Justice, UJAAMA), Donna D. Putt Hall (Fine Arts, Music), Suites on Maple East (Food and Nutrition, Nursing and Allied Health, SOAR, Wellness), MG Rodney Ruddock Hall (Communications Media, Education, Education Tech., Health and Physical Education), Northern Suites (Intensive Study, Natural Science and Math, Safety Science, WMST, Computer Science), Stephenson Hall (Business), Geally W. Wallwork Hall (Asian Studies, Global Awareness, Piso Cervantes, International Students), Suites on Pratt (Leadership Development), Whitmyre Hall (Robert E. Cook Honors College), Elkin Hall (traditional dorm), McCarthy Hall, and University Towers (university owned apartments).
Former Facilities: John A.H. Keith Hall, David L. Lawrence Hall (Governor's Quad), William W. Scranton Hall (Governor's Quad), Raymond P. Shafer Hall (Governor's Quad), Thomas Sutton Hall (dining/residence), Corrine Menk Wahr Hall (men's residence), Flagstone Amphitheater, Administrative Annex/Military Hall, Memorial Athletic Field, McFarland House, Stanley House, Catawba House, McGregor Hall, Mabel Mack Hall (Tri-Halls), Hope Stewart Hall (Tri-Halls), Agnes Turnbull Hall (Tri-Halls), and J. Nicholas Langham Hall, Gordon Hall, Esch Hall, Wallace Hall and Campus Towers.
IUP students have earned accolades including: Fulbright Scholar, Phi Kappa Phi grants, Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, Ronald E. McNair Scholar, Gilman Scholar, Finnegan Fellow, and the PaSSHE Ali-Zaidi award.
IUP is listed by The Princeton Review as one of the "Best 371 Colleges". This recognition follows IUP's tenth consecutive year of inclusion in The Princeton Review's "Best Colleges" guidebook, and IUP's selection as a "Best Northeastern College" by Princeton Review guidebook editors.
IUP also ranks high in the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Grad School Rankings", especially in the social sciences, liberal and fine arts, and its part-time MBA.
Additionally, the university is regularly recognized for its strong returns for price. In 2016, Forbes’ listed IUP among its top public colleges, top research universities, and top northeast colleges. It earned similar accolades from MONEY Magazine's "Best Colleges" list as well as being included in a list of universities for high return on investment by the website PayScale.
In 2011, its estimated annual return on investment without financial aid was 8.8%, and 9.6% after financial aid is taken into account.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania has a published rank of 177 as a national university according to rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. Those same rankings show that high school counselors rank IUP at 258. The 2015 Washington Monthly College Rankings of National Universities ranks it at 226 out of 268.
In a national comparison by Forbes of all undergraduate colleges based on the quality of the education they provide, the experiences of the students, and how much they achieve, Indiana University ranked 640 of the top 660 of "America's Top Colleges."
In June 2007, Consumers Digest magazine selected IUP as number four in the magazine's rankings of the "Best Values in Public Colleges and Universities." In February 2007, IUP was ranked at 40 out of 100 colleges and universities selected for Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine's "The Kiplinger 100," a listing of schools that combine outstanding value with a first-class education.
IUP was included in the 2005 issue of Entrepreneur Magazine under a listing of the top 73 colleges and universities in the nation ranked for excellence in "entrepreneurship emphasis."
Eberly College of Business and Information Technology won national prominence in the Princeton Review's inaugural edition of "The Best Business Schools" in 2005 and has continued to be selected annually for recognition by guidebook editors.
IUP's athletic department sponsors 19 varsity sports, including 8 for men and 11 for women. There are also club sports teams such as ice hockey and rugby. The Crimson Hawks, formerly known as the Indians, compete in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) of NCAA Division II.
IUP annually produces teams and individuals that compete for championships on the conference, regional and national levels. The 2004–05 school year saw 12 sports either send their teams or individuals to NCAA postseason competition.
The IUP football team has been to the NCAA Division II national title game twice (1990 and 1993). In both cases, IUP came up short, finishing the season as runner-up. While Division II teams rarely appear on television, IUP has appeared on regional telecasts in 1968 at the Boardwalk Bowl and 2006 against California University of PA. The team has also been on national TV while playing in those Division II national title games from 1990 and 1993. On November 2, 2006, a game against Slippery Rock was nationally televised on the TV channel, CSTV. Additionally, on September 15, 2011, a game against Bloomsburg was nationally televised on the TV channel CBS Sports Network as the NCAA Division II game of the week.
To our noble Alma Mater's name, we, her children sing a joyful lay,
and to her a new allegiance pledge, that lives beyond a day.
Sing, oh sing! Our Alma Mater's praise. Hail, oh hail! Her color's gleaming hue.
Give to her our homage and our love, and to her name be true.
A pray'r for her who sheltr'd us, a hope no child her name will stain,
a cheer thrice giv'n with hearty voice, and now the sweet refrain.
Of loyalty are symbols twain, her colors crimson and the gray,
"Dear Indiana Mother Fair," the burden of our lay.
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