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Indiana University of Pennsylvania was established in 1875 and is the only doctoral research university in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. IUP has a long tradition of academic excellence and receives frequent accolades, including designation as one of The Best 380 Colleges in the 2016 edition of a Princeton Review book by that name. The university provides an intellectually challenging experience to nearly 14,000 students at three campuses, all easily accessible from Pittsburgh and the Middle Atlantic region.

Academic offerings include more than 130 undergraduate programs with a variety of options for internships and study abroad, nearly 50 master’s degree programs, and 12 doctoral programs. Unusual opportunities for research at all levels and the Robert E. Cook Honors College provide special challenges for academic growth. The variety and quality of instruction are characteristic of a big university, yet at IUP, close, one-to-one relationships develop within the teaching framework, and a strong sense of community prevails.

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IUP is consistently ranked among the best institutions in the nation by a wide variety of sources. They include the Princeton Review’s Best Colleges publications; Donald Asher’s Cool Colleges: For the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming, and Just Plain Different; Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine; Consumers Digest; Money magazine; and U.S. News & World Report. IUP combines the opportunities of a doctoral university with the personalized, intimate, learning-centered environment of a small college. IUP students enjoy taking part in traditional and nontraditional classroom experiences, engaging in research and service activities with faculty mentors, preparing for rewarding careers and productive lives, and developing leadership skills for effective citizenship. IUP also makes significant contributions to the economic and cultural strength of the region, the commonwealth, and the nation through education, scholarship, and service. Often, these contributions are the result of IUP’s collaboration within Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, with other educational institutions, or with businesses, government, human service agencies, or professional organizations.