Indiana, PA
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$19,480 ($8,672)
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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Generally people are very accepting and open. You just have to have the right mindset and you'll be okay.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There is diversity on campus.

2 College Junior

Diversity: IUP needs lots of work on diversity.

5 College Junior

Diversity: No one cares. You can be anything you want to be, and get into a group that accepts your ideals, or even not be involved in such a group, and still be accepted.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Mostly white, strong showing of blacks and asians


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Emily Weber
Souderton, Pennsylvania
Journalism & English
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Walking around campus, it's fairly easy to spot students and professors from many different backgrounds. Although many IUP students come from what might be considered the "standard" Caucasian middle-class background, every group from gay and lesbian to Asian and Middle Eastern is represented. There is a strong sense of community and brotherhood among the members of these groups. They tend to socialize a lot with each other and identify more easily within their groups. There are numerous clubs and organizations that represent students from minority groups, including the Latino Student Association and the Chinese Student Association, although these groups are not nearly as prevalent on campus as other groups like Greek organizations or religious clubs. 

In general, IUP students are accepting of people from various walks of life. There have been a number of student-run events in recent months that demonstrate a strong movement toward acceptance of students from the LGBT community. In addition, students don't show bias toward people of different economic backgrounds. As a public university, IUP draws many students who could not otherwise afford a private university. Students are aware of this and accept it.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • Ohio
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 39%
20-21: 36%
22-24: 17%
25+: 8%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 1%
Native American: 1%
White: 86%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Students tend to be either apathetic or sympathetic toward members of the LGBT community. Most are accepting of students with sexual preferences different from their own. The Pride Alliance is an active organization on campus that attempts to address incidents of homophobia and heterosexism and create a safe haven for members of the LGBT community who feel that their voices are not heard.
Political Activity
As a whole, the students at IUP tend to reflect a moderate viewpoint. Many students would express a liberal leaning but find value in some conservative viewpoints as well. Political activity on campus tends to be limited to small clubs and political science students.
Economic Status
Economic background isn't something that most students take into consideration. While most students tend to come from a lower- or upper-middle-class background, many students choose IUP because it is a cheaper option than private institutions. There is little segregation among students of different economic statuses, and most tend to view themselves and each other as "poor college kids."
Most Common Religions
The most common religions among IUP students are Christianity, atheism and agnosticism. If a student becomes involved in a religious group on campus, it's likely Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU). There are a number of Christian churches in the town of Indiana that students can attend. Conversely, many students either choose not to practice religion at all or subscribe to atheism, making the Secular Student Alliance one of the more popular student "religious" groups on campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
While most students are aware that there are clubs for students from minority groups, members tend to meet with one another on a more private level. The presence of minority groups is evident, but the clubs representing them take a more passive role in comparison to religious or Greek organizations.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 82 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 23% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 12% Conservative
  • 24% Moderate
  • 28% Liberal
  • 6% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 82 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 5% Conservative
  • 30% Moderate
  • 35% Not sure
  • 18% Liberal
  • 7% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 83 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 83 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 82 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 4% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 49% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 48% Very accepting.


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