IUP – Indiana University of Pennsylvania
MottoBeyond Expectations
TypePublic, Coed
EndowmentUS$34.1 million[1]
PresidentDr. Michael Driscoll
ProvostDr. Timothy S. Moerland
Academic staff700 (fall 2009)
Undergraduates12,827 (Fall 2010)
Postgraduates2,299 (Fall 2010)
LocationIndiana, PA, USA
Campussmall town, 350 acres (1.4 km2)
ColorsCrimson & Slate          
NicknameCrimson Hawks (formerly the Indians)
MascotNorm (referring to the history as a Normal School)
AffiliationsNCAA D-II; PSAC; Keystone Library Network

Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) is a public university in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, USA. It is the largest university in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PaSSHE) and is the commonwealth's fifth largest university, with almost 13,000 undergraduates as of 2011. 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.[2] IUP has branch campuses at Punxsutawney, Northpointe, and Monroeville. IUP is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Universities, NCATE, and AACSB.[3] A research-intensive institution[4], the university has been included in the 2013 list of "Best Northeastern" schools by The Princeton Review,[5] and IUP's Eberly College of Business was included in the list of "Best Business Schools" in the northeast.[6]



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 May 20, 1857.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10]

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Sutton Hall


IUP offers over 140 undergraduate degree programs and 70 graduate degree programs under the direction of eight different colleges.

  • Eberly College of Business and Information Technology
  • College of Education and Educational Technology
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • School of Graduate Studies and Research
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • School of Continuing Education

Robert E. Cook Honors College was founded to offer a seminar style, discourse-based liberal studies curriculum.[11]



Postcard depicting John Sutton Hall at Indiana Normal School.

IUP's 374-acre (1.51 km2) main campus is a mix of 63 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.[12] It stands at the heart of campus—there was a fight to preserve it in 1974 when the administration scheduled it for demolition.[13] 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.[14]


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.[15] 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.[16] 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 at least seven new dormitories completed for the fall 2009 semester. Two more suite style buildings were completed by the fall of 2010. That semester, the ribbon cutting ceremony at Stephenson Hall was considered to have finished the four-year long "residence hall revival".[17] These suite style rooms are similar to those being built at other universities in PaSSHE.[18]



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


Weyandt Hall houses laboratories and classrooms for the natural 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, 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).

Administrative Buildings: Willis Pratt Hall (student activities), 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 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, Breezedale Alumni Center, Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex (Opened March 4, 2011).

Residential Buildings: IUP's Living-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 Physica Education), Northern Suites (Intensive Study, Natural Science and Math, Safety Science, WMST), Stephenson Hall (Business), Gealy 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, McCarthy Hall, 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), James 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. Keith Hall is slated to be torn down in 2012, and Leonard Hall will come down at about the same time.

Greek Organizations



Honor Societies


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. [20]

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.[21]

Current rankings

IUP is listed by The Princeton Review as one of the "Best 371 Colleges".[22] 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. Its Clinical Psychology program, for instance, is ranked above George Washington University's. Similarly, its graduate English program ranks very close or ties with schools such as Lehigh, University of Texas and Catholic University of America.

Additionally, IUP was included in a list of universities with 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.[23]

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has an unpublished rank as a national university according to rankings published by U.S. News & World Report.[24] Those same rankings show that high school counselors rank IUP at 258.[25] The 2009–2010 Washington Monthly College Rankings of National Universities ranks it at 124 out of 258.[26]

In a national comparison by Forbes Magazine 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 576 of the top 600.[27]

Previous rankings

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.

IUP Football team has been to the NCAA Division II National Title game twice (1990,1993). 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 Pennsylvania was nationally televised on the TV channel, CSTV. Additionally, on September 15, 2011, a game against Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania was nationally televised on the TV channel CBS Sports Network as the NCAA Division II game of the week.[28]

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McElhaney Hall

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Northern Suites


The Penn

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.


For a full list of notable alumni, faculty, and other associated individuals, see List of Indiana University of Pennsylvania people.

Further reading

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


  1. As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. http://www.nacubo.org/Documents/research/2009_NCSE_Public_Tables_Endowment_Market_Values.pdf. Retrieved February 17, 2010.
  2. Peterson's, "Four-Year Colleges, 2008."
  3. Middle States Association of Colleges and Universities, "Statement of Accreditation Status." Available at: MSCHE.org
  4. Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment, "Crimson Snapshot-Academics." Available at: [1]
  5. The 2013 List of Best Colleges and Universities The Princeton Review. Available at: [2]
  6. Eberly College of Business, The Princeton Review ranking of "Best Business Schools (Northeast)". Available at: [3]
  7. John Edward Merryman, "The Indiana Story 1875–1975: Pennsylvania's First State University..." Indiana Printing and Publishing Co., Indiana, Pennsylvania (1976), p. 18
  8. Merryman, "The Indiana Story," p. 20.
  9. "A Long Tradition" available at IUP.edu (Mar 29, 2008).
  10. Pennsylvania General Assembly, "Act 188 of 1982." Available at: PaSSHE.edu
  11. Selingo, Jeffrey. "Mission Creep? More regional state colleges start honors programs to raise their profiles and attract better students." The Chronicle of Higher Education (May 31, 2002).
  12. "National Register Listed and NHL Properties," Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission Bureau for Historic Preservation (Jan 2, 2007), p. 75.
  13. Himler, Jeff. "IUP has grown from its 'Normal' roots." Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Jan 28, 2005).
  14. "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. https://www.dot7.state.pa.us/ce/SelectWelcome.asp. Note: This includes Robert C. Wilburn (undated). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Breezedale" (PDF). https://www.dot7.state.pa.us/ce_imagery/phmc_scans/H000647_01H.pdf. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
  15. IUP Institutional Research, "IUP Trendbook, 2005–06." Table F-3 Library Holdings. IUP.edu
  16. Steback, Meredith Ann. "IUP to be site of area arboretum," The Penn (June 25, 2003).
  17. http://www.thepenn.org/news/ribbon-cutting-declares-project-complete-1.1678663
  18. Shackner, Bill. "IUP betting on upscale housing for students," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (May 10, 2007).
  19. "Alpha Delta National Fraternity Official Website". alphadeltanationalfraternity.org. http://www.alphadeltanationalfraternity.org/AD/Home.html.
  20. Report from Rome. IUP Magazine, Winter 2008. Available at: [4]
  21. Shannon, Joyce. "IUP President reflects on tenure," Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Aug 17, 2003).
  22. "The Best 373 Colleges". The Princeton Review. 2010. http://www.princetonreview.com/rankingsbest.aspx#I. Retrieved Aug 16 2010.
  23. Colleges Worth Your Investment, Full List for 2011, PayScale.com. Available at: [5]
  24. "Best Colleges 2012". U.S. News and World Report. 2012. http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/iup-3277. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
  25. "Best Colleges 2012". U.S. News and World Report. 2012. http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/indiana-university-of-pennsylvania-213020/overall-rankings. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
  26. "Washington Monthly College Guide". The Washington Monthly. 2010. http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/rankings/national_university_rank.php. Retrieved Aug 16 2010.
  27. "America's Best College-Forbes.com". Forbes. 2010. http://www.forbes.com/lists/2010/94/best-colleges-10_Indiana-University-of-Pennsylvania_950189.html. Retrieved Aug 16 2010.
  28. "Crimson Hawks to Face No. 8/11 Bloomsburg on CBS Sports Network This Thursday". IUP Athletic Department. 2011. http://iupathletics.com/news/2011/9/13/FB_0913112106.aspx. Retrieved Sep 22 2011.
  29. 29.0 29.1 "Alumni in Government". Indiana University of Pennsylvania. http://www.iup.edu/upper.aspx?id=80227. Retrieved October 28, 2010.
  30. Distinguished Alumni Awards, IUP. Available at
  31. Asrianti, Tifa. "Farah Quinn: A high passion for cooking." The Jakarta Post. March 29, 2009. Retrieved on January 18, 2013.
  32. "Patricia Hilliard Robertson". Indiana University of Pennsylvania. http://www.iup.edu/page.aspx?id=86210. Retrieved October 28, 2010.
  33. Art Rooney
  34. The Long Shot, IUP Magazine

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