Indiana, PA
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$19,480 ($8,672)
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Reviews 1401 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The students seem to encourage drinking.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: My roommate joined a sorority and she loves it. It didn't really change her, we are still friends. The only thing is that she is a lot more busy than she used to be.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Theres always the town, but its not very big and there aren't many popular shops to go to. The mall is very small, as well as the movie theater.

1 College Freshman

Weather: The winter here is unbearable. It's not only cold and snowing all the time, the wind is constantly blowing. Going to class is the biggest struggle.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are tons of computers and labs all around campus. The only thing that sucks is the Wifi tends to go down a lot or be slow sometimes and when you're trying to do homework it gets a little annoying.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got a scholarship from IUP. It was only $1,000 but it was better than nothing. I don't really know of any others that they offer though.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: I haven't really heard anything about intramural sports or club sports, but I know the few varsity sports I attended had students there but not as much as I would have expected.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I feel that we have a very diverse group of students here at IUP. It's definitely different from my hometown.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: When I was looking for off-campus housing I didn't have a hard time finding places to go and having contact with the landlords.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The cops are obviously involved in underage drinking and alcohol charges since we are a dry campus. The only thing that bothers me is how strict they are on parking. There aren't very many places for overnight guests to park without having to pay which is honestly just a huge inconvenience.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt like I was in danger or needed an escort while walking around campus. I'm normally not walking alone really late at night but the few times that I have I never felt like I needed someone with me.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are some fast food restaurants and a few other places to eat. The hard part is getting there if you don't have your own car. They are all usual places that I have been to before so it wasn't necessarily anything new.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The education in IUP is good so far. Professors are very aware of their students' academic performances and are willing to help them succeed in their courses.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather in Indiana, PA is great during the summer, but terrible during the winter. The weather can be unpredictable sometimes.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't attend parties. I usually spend quality with friends at night.

2 College Senior

Scholarships: Scholarships are tough to come by. I have never had problems with financial aid, but I know for those who have, it has been a nightmare.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a variety of options for off-campus housing. Personally, I rent a crappy apartment for $2500 a semester with a lock that barely holds, but there are more secure options (with a much larger price range)!

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: If you're smart, you don't get in trouble!

3 College Senior

Majors: You have to have at least a 3.0 to take professional-level education courses. Some people struggle with this & end up having to take an extra semester to bring up their GPA.

4 College Senior

Majors: English Education has a fabulous community. You get to know your peers in the major--you work together for teaching projects and offer each other encouragement. We also have a chapter of the National Council of Teachers of English, which meets monthly & offers advice for interviewing, job searching, and preparing for the Praxis and Papa exams.

3 College Senior

Academics: I have had classes that were a joke, I've had classes that were very challenging (in a good way!), and I've had classes that were so-so. I am a super-nerd though, so I may be hard on them! I have loved the majority of my professors--inside and outside of the classroom! Generally, my workload has been balanced so I have one tougher course to really focus on, a few that require work but aren't overwhelming, and one blow-off class.

3 College Senior

Weather: It is Pennsylvania. What do you expect? Lots of cold slush & snow in winter, mud in Spring. Fall is beautiful!

3 College Senior

Computers: There are several computer labs on campus. It would totally be possible to come to IUP without your own computer, but it will save you a lot of headache if you have your own! Having your own printer is great, too, as it is 5 cents/sheet to print (that adds up, especially if you write a lot of papers in your major)! The technology in classrooms varies according to department/need--I personally wish the English department had more available to them!

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I can't pretend there are never incidents, but for the most part IUP is an extremely safe campus and Indiana a very safe town! I walk everywhere by myself before 11 PM. After 11, I feel better being in a group, even though I most likely would be fine. Better safe than sorry!

4 College Senior

Diversity: It really depends upon your department. We have a lot of diversity in the English department in regards to nationality, sexual orientation, religion, and ethnicity. IUP has a huge International program!


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Emily Weber
Souderton, Pennsylvania
Journalism & English
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Picking the right college often leaves students stranded between two choices: sacrificing a well-rounded education for a cheaper school, or ponying up the cash for a private education with a lot of extras. In a way that many other public schools simply aren't, Indiana University of Pennsylvania is honestly the best of both worlds. IUP students get a quality education that rivals many smaller private colleges at the public university price. Although Indiana isn’t a major city, and the small-town atmosphere is something that students have to take into consideration, the town is picturesque and fun if you know where to look. Be sure to come visit before you commit to IUP, and keep an open mind when you come. Indiana has a way of growing on you.

The student body at IUP is fairly diverse, but every student can find his niche. Although 15,000 seems like a lot of students, the campus itself doesn’t feel that large. Because it draws students from across the nation and around the world, there’s something for everyone, whether that’s a student organization, a club, a sport, a Greek organization, or an extracurricular activity. You’ll find people and things at IUP that will expand your perspective on the world and challenge your expectations. As far as academics, IUP offers more than 100 majors and is the only public university in Pennsylvania to offer a doctoral program as well. Even for freshmen, classes aren't unmanageable. The professors know what they’re talking about and make class as interesting as they can, and most classes have no more than 100 students in them (even gen-eds). There’s a reason that alumni are proud to call IUP their alma mater. Few universities offer what Indiana University of Pennsylvania does for such a fair price.

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