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Excellence and Affordability at IUP

Effective fall 2023, students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania from every state in the U.S. who take 15 credits per semester will see a savings of almost 20 percent on tuition — $2,690 for the academic year — as a result of IUP’s tuition affordability plan.

Out-of-state undergraduate students who take 18 credits a semester will save even more in annual tuition — a total of $5,468 per year.

This action to reduce tuition follows four years of frozen tuition, fees, and meal costs, along with no increase in housing rates since 2016.

IUP annually provides more than $15 million in scholarships above state and federal aid to students.

More than 90 percent of first-year students receive renewable merit scholarships, and students can also qualify for a $2,000 full-tuition renewable scholarship through the Promising Scholars Program, and a $1,000 scholarship through the Crimson Scholars Circle, designed to help first-year students adjust to life in college.

“The tuition affordability plan comes from our commitment to IUP’s strategic plan, which sharpens our focus on becoming a more truly student-centered university, meeting the needs and wants of the students and families that we serve,” IUP President Dr. Michael Driscoll said.

“IUP is proud to be a university offering academic excellence and value, and I hope that this tuition affordability plan allows even more students to take advantage of an IUP education and to graduate with as little debt as possible,” he said. “The world needs well-educated leaders with strong critical thinking skills now more than ever.”

And, after they graduate, students are successful in entering jobs in their chosen careers: 88 percent of the class of 2021 reported being employed in their field of choice. With 150,000 plus alumni in almost every conceivable career in locations all over the world, the IUP network is strong and alumni are active in helping students find internships and jobs.

In 2022, IUP was praised by Princeton Review editors for “delivering on its promises” of affordability and quality, and IUP’s Health Service was ranked in the top 25 programs of the 338 colleges selected for the guidebook (more than 1,500 colleges and universities compete for selection for the guidebook). The guidebook also recognizes IUP’s outstanding faculty and diversity of programs and organizations.

IUP is ranked as a doctoral, high research university (R2) by the Carnegie Classification, recognizing IUP’s commitment to research at every level and in every discipline. Among public universities, IUP is one of only two in Pennsylvania and one of only 93 in the United States with this ranking.

Annually, more than 400 IUP students do some type of research project, including participating in the Undergraduate Summer Opportunity for Applying Research program. IUP has a dedicated Undergraduate Research Office to support students of all majors who are interested in research.

In fall 2022, IUP opened a Learning Commons in the IUP Libraries, bringing together under one roof university help desk services, math tutoring, the Career and Professional Development Center, and a writing center. The University College offers a number of personalized programs to help students to adjust and succeed in their academic studies, and a rigorous exploratory studies program designed to match students with the right major for them.

IUP offers close to 200 student clubs and organizations, 21 varsity sports, and scores of intramural and club sports, including the men’s 2022 national championship rugby club. IUP students produce an entirely student-run newspaper and create original programming for the student radio and television stations.

More than 8,000 students from almost every state and 50 different countries study in one of IUP’s 160 academic degree programs. Students can complete more than 65 minors — including a unique teamwork minor — and scores of specialized tracks and certificate programs, including certificates in athletic coaching, photography and digital imaging, popular music, and museum studies.

IUP continues to add state-of-the-art programs of study for its students. Its newest undergraduate majors are public health and environmental engineering, both in-demand careers in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation. IUP will open Dr. John J. and Char Kopchick Hall, a $90-million, 142,536-square-foot facility that will showcase student and faculty work in science and mathematics and increase collaboration, during the 2023–2024 academic year.

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