Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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Indiana University of Pennsylvania
IUP seal.png
TypePublic university
Established1875; 146 years ago (1875)
Parent institution
Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
Academic affiliations
Keystone Library Network
Endowment$60.6 million (2020)[1]
PresidentMichael Driscoll
ProvostTimothy S. Moerland
Academic staff
700 (Fall 2009)
Location, ,
United States
CampusRural, small town, 350 acres (1.4 km2)
ColorsCrimson and Slate[2]
NicknameCrimson Hawks
Sporting affiliations
IUP logo.svg

Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) is a public university in Indiana County, Pennsylvania. As of fall 2019, the university enrolled 8,279 undergraduates and 2,079 postgraduates, for a total enrollment of 10,348 students.[3] The university is 55 miles (89 km) northeast of Pittsburgh. It is governed by a local Council of Trustees and the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.[4] IUP has branch campuses at Punxsutawney, Northpointe, and Monroeville. IUP is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


Breezedale Hall

IUP was conceived as Indiana Normal School, first chartered in 1871 by Indiana County investors. The school was created under the Normal School Act, which passed the Pennsylvania General Assembly on May 20, 1875.[5] Normal schools established under the act were to be private corporations in no way dependent upon the state treasury. They were to be "state" normal schools only in the sense of being officially recognized by the commonwealth.[6]

The school opened its doors in 1875 following the mold of the French École Normale. It enrolled just 225 students. All normal school events were held within a single building which also contained a laboratory school for model teaching. Control and ownership of the institution passed to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1920. In 1927, by authority of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, it became State Teachers College at Indiana, with the right to grant degrees. As its mission expanded, the name was changed again in 1959 to Indiana State College. In 1965, the institution achieved university status and became Indiana University of Pennsylvania, or IUP.[7]

2020 Retrenchment and restructuring[edit]

In October 2020, IUP President Michael Driscoll announced restructuring and retrenchment plans related to leadership's NextGen proposal.[8] Retrenchment or lay-off notices were issued to 81 tenured or tenure-track faculty on October 30, 2020, with another 47 expected before the end of the academic year.[9]


IUP total enrollment peaked in the Fall of 2012 at 15,379 and declined steadily since, reporting a total enrollment of 12,316 for the Fall of 2017. This decline in enrollment caused financial difficulties for the university which struggled to cover costs for its 2010 dormitory expansion.[10] More recent enrollment statistics shows a total of 10,636 students.[11]

Sutton Hall


IUP offers over 140 undergraduate degree programs and 70 graduate degree programs under the direction of eight colleges and schools:

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

Robert E. Cook Honors College was founded to offer a seminar style, discourse-based liberal studies curriculum.[12]


IUP faculty has won nearly 60 Fulbright Exchange Awards since 1959, enabling them to study and conduct research in 27 countries. Two faculty members have been awarded the Rome Prize.[13]

IUP students have earned accolades including: Fulbright Scholar, Phi Kappa Phi grants, Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, Ronald E. McNair Scholar, Gilman Scholar, Finnegan Fellow, and the PaSSHE Ali-Zaidi award.[14]


In 2016, Forbes listed IUP among its top public colleges, top research universities, and top Northeast colleges. It earned similar accolades from MONEY Magazine's "Best Colleges" list as well as being included in a list of universities for high return on investment by the website PayScale.[15] The 2015 Washington Monthly College Rankings of National Universities ranks it at 226 out of 268.


Postcard depicting John Sutton Hall at Indiana Normal School

IUP's 374-acre (1.51 km2) main campus is a mix of 62 old and new red brick structures. Its original building, a Victorian structure named John Sutton Hall once housed the entire school. Today Sutton Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[16] It stands at the heart of campus—there was a fight to preserve it in 1974 when the administration scheduled it for demolition.[17] Ironically, today it houses many administrative offices and reception areas. Breezedale Alumni Center is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Victorian mansion was once home to a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice.[18]

The Oak Grove looking towards Stapleton Library during summer.

The campus boasts a planetarium, University Museum, black box theater, Hadley Union Building (HUB), extensive music library, and a newly remodeled Cogswell Hall for the university's music community. Stapleton Library boasts 900,000-plus bound volumes and over 2 million microform units.[19] At the heart of campus is the Oak Grove. Many alumni recall this spot because of its centrality and the many events that occur there. In January 2000 former President Lawrence K. Pettit established a board to create the Allegheny Arboretum at IUP. This group works to furnish the Oak Grove with flora native to the region.[20] The university also operates an Academy of Culinary Arts in Punxsutawney and a police academy at its main campus.

The university's Student Cooperative Association also owns College Lodge several miles from campus. It provides skiing, biking, hiking, and disc golfing opportunities. Boat access is also made available through the Cooperative Association.

Over the last five years, IUP has demolished most of the 1970 era dormitories on campus. Demolition began during summer 2006 and facilities are being replaced with modern suites. Construction is ongoing with seven new dormitories completed for Fall 2009. Two more suite-style buildings were completed by Fall 2010. That semester, the ribbon cutting ceremony at Stephenson Hall was considered to have finished the four-year-long "residence hall revival".[21] These suite-style rooms are similar to those being built at other universities in PASSHE.[22]

Greek organizations[edit]



Honor Societies[edit]

Honor Fraternities[edit]


IUP's athletic department sponsors 19 varsity sports, including 8 for men and 11 for women. There are also club sports teams such as ice hockey and rugby.[24] The Crimson Hawks, formerly known as the Indians, compete in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) of NCAA Division II.

IUP annually produces teams and individuals that compete for championships on the conference, regional and national levels. The 2004–05 school year saw 12 sports either send their teams or individuals to NCAA postseason competition.

The IUP football team has been to the NCAA Division II national title game twice (1990 and 1993).[25] In both cases, IUP came up short, finishing the season as runner-up. While Division II teams rarely appear on television, IUP has appeared on regional telecasts in 1968 at the Boardwalk Bowl and 2006 against California University of PA. The team has also been on national TV while playing in those Division II national title games from 1990 and 1993. On November 2, 2006, a game against Slippery Rock was nationally televised on the TV channel, CSTV. Additionally, on September 15, 2011, a game against Bloomsburg was nationally televised on the TV channel CBS Sports Network as the NCAA Division II game of the week.[26]

The IUP men's basketball team likewise lost the NCAA Division II national title game twice in 2010 and 2015.[27]

The IUP rugby team finished 3rd in the Division I national championship in 2000, finishing behind California and Wyoming and ahead of fourth-place Army.

The IUP Men's Ice Hockey (ACHA Division 1) team won the CHMA season championship in 2018–2019, the CHMA playoff in 2019-2020 awarded a bid to the ACHA National Tournament as the 19th seed,[28] but the tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

McElhaney Hall
Northern Suites

The IUP Men's Lacrosse Team were the 2018 and 2019 Three Rivers Conference Champions and are currently ranked number 13 in the nation in division two by the NCLL for the 2020 season.



Further reading[edit]

  • Juliette, Ron and Dale E. Landon. Our Homage and Our Love, 1991.
  • Merriman, John Edward. The Indiana Story 1875–1975: Pennsylvania's First State University... 1976.
  • Stewart, Grace. A History of the Indiana State Normal School.


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 21, 2021.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 12, 2017. Retrieved March 10, 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Enrollment, IUP". Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  4. ^ "Indiana University of Pennsylvania". Peterson's. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  5. ^ John Edward Merryman, "The Indiana Story 1875–1975: Pennsylvania's First State University..." Indiana Printing and Publishing Co., Indiana, Pennsylvania (1976), p. 18
  6. ^ Merryman, "The Indiana Story", p. 20.
  7. ^ "A Long Tradition" available at Archived April 3, 2008, at the Wayback Machine (Mar 29, 2008).
  8. ^ Division, Marketing and Communications; Sutton Hall, Room 3341011 South DriveIndiana; Phone: 724-357-3062; Fax: 724-357-7993. "Academic Restructuring Plans - News and Events - IUP". Retrieved October 31, 2020.
  9. ^ "Grief, anger on IUP's Oak Grove as state university faces faculty, program cuts". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved October 31, 2020.
  10. ^ "IUP, FIUP struggle with declining enrollments" available at [1] (Mar 13, 2017).
  11. ^ "Enrollment - Crimson Snapshot - IUP". Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  12. ^ Selingo, Jeffrey. "Mission Creep? More regional state colleges start honors programs to raise their profiles and attract better students." The Chronicle of Higher Education (May 31, 2002).
  13. ^ "Report from Rome". January 8, 2016.
  14. ^ Shannon, Joyce. "IUP President reflects on tenure", Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Aug 17, 2003).
  15. ^ "IUP Continues National Recognition in Forbes's 'Top Colleges' and Money Magazine's 'Best Colleges' – IUP News – News and Events – IUP". Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  16. ^ "National Register Listed and NHL Properties", Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission Bureau for Historic Preservation (Jan 2, 2007), p. 75.
  17. ^ Himler, Jeff. "IUP has grown from its 'Normal' roots." Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Jan 28, 2005).
  18. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. Note: This includes Robert C. Wilburn (n.d.). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Breezedale" (PDF). Retrieved December 4, 2011.
  19. ^ IUP Institutional Research, "IUP Trendbook, 2005–06." Table F-3 Library Holdings. Archived August 24, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ Steback, Meredith Ann. "IUP to be site of area arboretum", The Penn (June 25, 2003).
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 17, 2010. Retrieved November 1, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  22. ^ Shackner, Bill. "IUP betting on upscale housing for students", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (May 10, 2007).
  23. ^ "Alpha Delta National Fraternity Official Website". Archived from the original on March 20, 2012.
  24. ^ "IUP Crimson Hawks", Wikipedia, January 12, 2021, retrieved January 16, 2021
  25. ^ "DII Football History |". Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  26. ^ "Crimson Hawks to Face No. 8/11 Bloomsburg on CBS Sports Network This Thursday". IUP Athletic Department. 2011. Retrieved September 22, 2011.
  27. ^ "Men's Basketball DII History". Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  28. ^ "BRACKET | ACHA Nationals - Pointstreak Sites". Retrieved January 16, 2021.
  29. ^ ""Aunt Jane": IUP's George Washington - IUP Magazine - Indiana University of Pennsylvania". Retrieved October 22, 2020.
  30. ^ Englert, John; Houser, Regan (Fall 1994). "The New American Girl". IUP Magazine: 4–7 – via
  31. ^ a b "Alumni in Government". Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Archived from the original on June 4, 2010. Retrieved October 28, 2010.
  32. ^ "Distinguished Alumni Awards 2007". January 8, 2016.
  33. ^ Asrianti, Tifa. "Farah Quinn: A high passion for cooking." The Jakarta Post. March 29, 2009. Retrieved on January 18, 2013.
  34. ^ "Patricia Hilliard Robertson". Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved October 28, 2010.
  35. ^ Art Rooney
  36. ^ The Long Shot, IUP Magazine

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