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Indiana University of Pennsylvania (or IUP) is a public university located in the borough of Indianamarker, Indiana County, Pennsylvaniamarker, USAmarker. The university is northeast of Pittsburghmarker. It is the largest university in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PaSSHE) and is the commonwealth's fifth largest university. 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 Punxsutawneymarker, Northpointe, and Monroevillemarker.


Breezedale Hall
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 20 May 1857. 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, Pa., 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."A Long Tradition" available at /> (29 Mar 2008).

IUP maintains a total enrollment of over 14,000 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.
Today IUP is classified as a Carnegie Doctoral/Research-Intensive university and is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Universities, NCATE, and AACSB.


IUP offers over 100 undergraduate degree programs and 40 graduate degree programs under the direction of 7 colleges/schools. The university awards the: A.A., B.A., B.S., B.S.Ed., B.F.A., M.A., M.S., M.Ed., M.F.A., Ed.D., Psy.D., and Ph.D. The highest non-degree award presented by IUP is the President's Medal of Distinction. A Pharm.D. is currently in the planning stages.

Robert E.marker Cook Honors Collegemarker was founded to offer an seminar style, discourse-based liberal studies curriculum.


IUP's main campus is a mix of old and new red brick structures. Its original building, a Victorian structure named John Sutton Hallmarker 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 Oak Grove looking towards Stapleton Library during summer.

The campus boasts a planetarium, University Museum, black box theater, recently renovated 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.

Current president: Tony Atwater announced an initiative to demolish many of the 1970 era dormitories on campus. Demolition began during summer 2006 and facilities are being replaced with residence halls that are more modern. Construction is ongoing with at least seven new dormitories completed for the fall 2009 semester. Two more suite style buildings are currently being constructed. These suite style rooms are similar to those being built at other universities in PaSSHE.


Keith Hall, originally Keith Laboratory School, is a classroom building for the humanities and social sciences.

Weyandt Hall houses laboratories and classrooms for the sciences.

Hadley Union Building (HUB) is owned by the Student Cooperative Association

Newly constructed Putt Hall

Wilson Hall, originally the library, is now used by the Criminology Dept.

Partial view, Eberly College of Business and Information Technology

Academic Buildings: John A.H. Keith Hall (history, political science), Joseph Uhler Hall (psychology, criminology), 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), Jean R. McElhaney Hall (economics, sociology, anthropology), Reschini House (technology education), Patrick J. Stapleton Jr Library (main library), Rhodes R. Stabley Library (media, children's library), Jeannie Ackerman Hall (fashion, family/consumer science, interior design), Eicher Hall (writing center), Eberly College of Business, Stright Hall (mathematics, computer sciences, graduate school), Sally B. Johnson Hall (safety sciences, nursing), Weyandt Hall (science), Matthew J. Walsh Hall (science), Pierce Hall (ROTC), George A. Stouffer Hall (counseling, communications, education), Walter M. Whitmyre Hall (honors college)

Administrative Buildings: Willis Pratt Hall (student activities), University Towers (university police, visitor center), President's Residence, Silas M. Clark Hall (bursar, registrar), McClellan Gordon Hall, 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 Events Center), Hadley Union Building (HUB), John S. Fisher Auditorium, David J. Waller Hall, George P. Miller Stadium, Memorial Field House, Foster Hall (dining), Daugherty Field, Oak Grove, Flagstone Amphitheater, Breezedale Alumni Center

Residential Buildings: Susan Snell Delaney Hall, Donna D. Putt Hall, Suites on Maple East & West, Northern Suites, Sutton Suites, Suites on Pratt, Whitmyre Hall (Robert E. Cook Honors College), Elkin Hall (houses freshmen only), McCarthy Hall (houses freshmen only), and University Towers (university owned apartments).

Former Facilities: David L. Lawrence Hall (Governor's Quad), William W. Scranton Hall (Governor's Quad), Raymond P. Shafer Hall (Governor's Quad), Sutton Hall (dining/residence), Corrine Menk Wahr Hall (men's residence), Administrative Annex/Military Hall, Memorial Athletic Field, 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.

Planned Facilities: Kovalchick Convocation Center and hotel, Crimson Suites

Greek Organizations


Acacia, Alpha Chi Rho, Alpha Chi Sigma (Professional Chemistry Fraternity), Chi Phi, Phi Mu Alpha, Delta Sigma Phi, Delta Tau Delta, Phi Kappa Psi, Phi Kappa Tau, Phi Mu Delta, Pi Lambda Phi, Sigma Chi, Sigma Pi, Sigma Tau Gamma, Theta Chi, Kappa Alpha Psi, Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Phi Omega (Community Service), Kappa Sigma, Phi Sigma Pi, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Phi Beta Sigma, Rho Tau Chi (Military/Community Service), Pi Kappa PhiSigma Alpha Lambda (Honor Organization, Community Service)


Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Alpha Sigma Tau, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Gamma, Delta Phi Epsilon, Delta Zeta, Sigma Kappa, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Theta Phi Alpha, Zeta Tau Alpha


IUP faculty has won nearly 60 Fulbright Exchange Awards since 1959, enabling them to study and conduct research in 27 countries. Two faculty members have been awarded the Rome Prize. In addition, the university's John P. Murtha Institute of Homeland Security has garnered numerous grants. It facilitates research and trains first responders and members of the military to prevent potential terrorist acts.

Arts are a big part of IUP culture as evidenced by continual theatrical appearances at venues such as the Kennedy Centermarker and Heinz Hallmarker in Pittsburgh. IUP's "Legend" Marching Band is known as "The Pride of Pennsylvania" and "The Beast of the East" and is well-known throughout the region.

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.

For the 16th consecutive year, Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been selected as one of the nation’s top doctoral universities by “U.S. News & World Report.” [94540]

IUP is included in the rankings of the magazine’s “Best Colleges” 2010 edition and is one of the top 216 national doctoral universities recognized in the rankings. [94541]

This recognition follows IUP’s ninth 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.

“Coming on the heels of the Princeton Review’s honor of being among the nation’s top universities academically, the recognition by ‘U.S. News & World Report’ again supports IUP’s national status among the best doctoral universities in the United States,” IUP President Tony Atwater said.

IUP is also ranked as the 148th best university in the U.S. by the Washington Monthly -- [94542], and it is ranked 74th in the U.S. News Ranking -- [94543].

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 (The Crimson Hawks) sponsors 19 varsity sports, including 8 for men and 11 for women. IUP competes 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 is considered one of the best year-to-year teams in NCAA Division II. IUP 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 TV, 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 the Division II National Title games in 1990 and 1993. On November 2, 2006, a game against Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvaniamarker was nationally televised on the TV channel, CSTV.

Alma mater

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.


Further reading

  • Juliette, Ron and Dale E. Landon. Our Homage and Our Love, 1991.
  • Merryman, John Edward. The Indiana Story 1875-1975: Pennsylvania's First State University... 1976.
  • Stewart, Grace. A History of the Indiana State Normal School.


  1. Peterson's, "Four-Year Colleges, 2008."
  2. John Edward Merryman, "The Indiana Story 1875-1975: Pennsylvania's First State University..." Indiana Printing and Publishing Co., Indiana, Pennsylvania (1976), p. 18
  3. Merryman, "The Indiana Story," p. 20.
  4. Pennsylvania General Assembly, "Act 188 of 1982." Available at:
  5. Middle States Association of Colleges and Universities, "Statement of Accreditation Status." Available at:
  6. "Chronicle Careers: IUP Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs." Chronicle of Higher Education (26 Nov 2007).
  7. Selingo, Jeffrey. "Mission Creep? More regional state colleges start honors programs to raise their profiles and attract better students." The Chronicle of Higher Education (31 May 2002).
  8. "National Register Listed and NHL Properties," Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission Bureau for Historic Preservation (2 Jan 2007), p. 75.
  9. Himler, Jeff. "IUP has grown from its 'Normal' roots." Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (28 Jan 2005).
  10. IUP Institutional Research, "IUP Trendbook, 2005-06." Table F-3 Library Holdings. [1]
  11. Steback, Meredith Ann. "IUP to be site of area arboretum," The Penn (25 Jun 2003).
  12. Shackner, Bill. "IUP betting on upscale housing for students," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (10 May 2007).
  13. Shannon, Joyce. "IUP President reflects on tenure," Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (17 Aug 2003).

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