Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Student Enrollment Information

Located in Indiana, PA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania is a public university that offers undergraduate and graduate programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Should You Attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania?

Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) is located in Indiana, PA, 50 miles from Pittsburgh. This public university offers associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and certificate programs in more than 180 areas of study. Read the pros and cons below to decide if IUP is the school for you.


  • Ranked among the best colleges in the Northeast
  • High number of academic programs
  • Accepts AP, dual and credit for life


  • Total cost (including all school and living expenses) is $5,742 higher than the national average for in-state students
  • Graduation rate is 11 percentage points lower than the national average
  • Student-faculty ratio is 19:1, which is higher than the national average
  • Student debt following graduation is $10,797 higher than the national average

IUP at a Glance

In 2013, IUP was named a 'Best Northeastern' school by The Princeton Review. In addition to its main campus in Indiana, the university has regional campuses in Northpointe and Punxsutawney, PA. As an IUP student, you'll be able to choose from over 130 undergraduate degree programs, more than 50 master's programs and 10 doctoral fields.

IUP accepted 58% of applicants in 2012, on par with the national average of 63.8%, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The university has a relatively high retention rate as well, with 75% of full-time and 74% of part-time students returning after their first year in 2012. About 29% of students who started at the school in 2006 graduated within 4 years, which is lower than the national average of 40%; roughly 50% graduated within 6 years. The school's student-faculty ratio is 19:1, above the 15:1 national average for public schools.

Your cost of attendance as an undergraduate at IUP will be higher than the average for public universities. According to the NCES, the total cost (including tuition and fees, room and board, books and personal expenses) for the 2012-2013 academic year was $23,602 for Pennsylvania residents, well above the national average of $17,860. The College Board reported that students graduated with $37,457 in debt in 2012, compared to the national average of $26,660.

Getting In & Financial Aid at IUP

In 2012, 39% of admitted students chose to attend IUP. After choosing a major, you'll need to submit the school's application, your high school transcript and standardized test scores. You also have the option of providing one or more letters of recommendation and a personal essay. Some programs, such as education, nursing and fine arts, have supplementary admissions requirements, such as higher academic standards or additional materials. Students who do not meet the conditions for admission into these programs may be admitted to another program at the university.

Although the university has a higher-than-average tuition rate, it offers an average first-year financial aid package of $9,234, according to the College Board. Approximately 83% of IUP students received some type of aid in 2012, and 6% had their full need met. As an undergraduate, you may be eligible for scholarships and other aid based on need, academic performance, alumni affiliation, state residence and achievement in art, athletics, music and other areas. If you're entering a graduate program, the school offers a limited number of assistantships.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013) Rolling; December 31 is the priority deadline***
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline (2013) April 25***
Notification of Acceptance (2013) Rolling***
Application Fee (2013) $50**
Acceptance Rate (2013) 58%*
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2012-2013) $23,602 for in-state and $34,410 for out-of-state students*
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package (2012) $9,234***
Percent of Students with Need Met (2012) 6%***
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2012) $37,457***
Student Loan Default Rate (2010) 8.4%*

Student Life at IUP

If you decide to live among fellow students on the IUP campus, you can choose from traditional dorms, suite-style complexes and living/learning communities based on academic and social interests. Students with children can take advantage of on-campus daycare facilities and weekend/evening courses.

If you want to get involved outside of class, IUP offers more than 200 student organizations, 32 Greek chapters and 19 NCAA Division II athletic teams. You'll have access to 4 libraries, including a music library. If you're interested in outdoor activities, you will be conveniently located near several ski slopes, a nature preserve and a sailing base.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Rural***
Student Population (2012) 13,275 undergraduates and 2,321 graduate students*
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2012) 45% to 55%*
% of Full Time Students (2012) 93%*
% of In-state Students (2011) 91%*
Retention Rate (2011-2012) 75% for full-time and 74% for part-time students*
Campus Housing Available Yes*
% of Students Living on Campus 34%***
Number of Libraries 4**
Extracurricular Activities Over 200**
Noteworthy Named one of the best schools in the Northeast****

Article Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Indiana University of Pennsylvania, ***The College Board, ***The Princeton Review

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, 117 John Sutton Hall, 1011 South Drive, Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: (724) 357-2230