Indiana University of Pennsylvania Review

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is a 4-year public college with a strong research focus. The school is located about 50 miles northwest of Pittsburgh and enrolls mostly state residents.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Overview

Indiana University of Pennsylvania offers 140 undergraduate degrees, 61 master's degrees and ten Ph.D. programs to about 14,500 students. The school also offers post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificates. It has been ranked as a top national doctoral university by U.S. News and World Report for 2010.

The school has a main campus in Indiana, Pennsylvania and three satellite locations. The Punxsutawney location is home to the school's Academy of Culinary Arts. The Northpointe location offers electro-optics training and undergraduate and graduate courses. The Monroeville location offers graduate courses.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania conducts off-campus courses at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's Dixon Center in Harrisburg and offers online courses through a distance education option.

Admissions and Enrollment Overview

Prospective students are required to submit ACT or SAT scores and TOEFL scores if applicable, along with their transcripts and completed applications. SAT scores are submitted more often than ACT scores. Submission of academic rank, a list of high school college prep work and recommendations may help and reflect positively on a student's application. Letters of recommendation and personal essays are optional. Most students receive financial aid, usually in the forms of loans, grants, scholarships and work-study programs.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania holds one Undergraduate Decision Day per semester. Students who attend the program with a completed paper application in hand, the application fee, sealed transcripts and SAT or ACT scores can learn whether they've been admitted that same day.

Certain graduate programs require GRE test scores and some programs have minimum cumulative GPA requirements. Additional requirements vary by program. For example, graduate level art applications require the inclusion of slides, education-related programs require Praxis I or Praxis II test scores and the criminology program requires a writing sample.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has articulation agreements with five community colleges. The school's admissions office has dedicated staff in place to assist transfer applicants only.

Campus Facilities and Learning Environment

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has a 20:1 student to faculty ratio. Course instructors have active research responsibilities in addition to their teaching schedules. Only about one-quarter of students live on campus.

Stapleton Library is the main library with the school's primary book, periodical, media and archive collections. Other school libraries include the Orendorff Music Library, the Punxsutawney Regional Library and the Northpointe Regional Library.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Center for Civic Engagement and Student Leadership encourages community service and volunteerism activities among students. The McNair Scholars Program is a need- and merit-based program for students who are first in their family to complete a 4-year degree and demonstrate strong intentions to enroll in graduate study culminating with doctoral degree.

Students who need assistance with their schoolwork can turn to the Learning Enhancement Center for study groups, tutoring and related academic support workshops and the Writing Center for writing resources, tutoring help, ESL help and writing workshops. Indiana University of Pennsylvania also hosts a Career Development Center that provides etiquette dinners, mock interviews, job fairs, job listings and career-related programming for students and alumni.

Colleges and Schools at Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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

School Contact Information:

  • Address: 1011 South Dr., 201 Sutton Hall, Indiana, Pennsylvania 15705-1098
  • Phone number: (724) 357-2100