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Colleges / Indiana University of Pennsylvania

About IUP

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Overview

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is a public, state school in a small town setting in Indiana, Pennsylvania. IUP was founded in 1875 and now enrolls around 10,045 students a year, including 8,010 undergrads. IUP provides on-campus housing for up to 3,908 students. Most students live in off campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at IUP! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of IUP's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? IUP students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? IUP has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? IUP has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at IUP on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at IUP on the Student Life page.

2021 IUP Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 93%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.4
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 90%
In-State Tuition $9,570
Out-of-State $13,890
Percent of Need Met 55%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $11,946

Is IUP a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a closer look at to get a better idea of what IUP offers and if it might be the right college for you.

IUP Acceptance Rate 2021

It is slightly difficult to get into IUP. Around 93% of applicants get into IUP each year. Last year, 9,030 students applied to IUP and 8,407 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at IUP

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at IUP, around 72% are still enrolled the next year. IUP's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 56%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for IUP Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with IUP directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

IUP's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $71.1 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, IUP spends about $10,777 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at IUP

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. IUP meets 55% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend IUP full-time are awarded $11,946 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $43,778 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at IUP. Based on this information, how does IUP sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is IUP a good school for you?

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Where is IUP?

IUP is located in the small town setting of Indiana, Pennsylvania, less than an hour from Pittsburgh.

If you want to see IUP for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 76 and Interstate 99 to Indiana, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Pittsburgh International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what IUP and Indiana are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1011 South Drive Indiana, PA 15705

Campus Setting: Small Town

IUP Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to IUP is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to IUP is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

IUP ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 24

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

24 and Above


18 to 24


18 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to IUP is 20. Students with an ACT score of 24 and above have a good chance of getting into IUP. Students with an ACT score that falls between 18 and 24 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 18 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

IUP SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

930 - 1120


Math SAT Range

460 - 550


Reading SAT Range

470 - 580

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1120 and Above


930 to 1120


930 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for IUP students is 1017. Applicants with SAT scores of 1120 and above have a good chance of being admitted to IUP, while applicants with SAT scores between 930 to 1120 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 930 have a low chance of being offered a spot at IUP.

IUP Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at IUP is like? There are approximately 10,045 students enrolled at IUP, including 8,010 undergraduate students and 2,035 graduate students. 88% percent of students attend school full-time, 95% percent are from PA and 5% percent of students are from other states.


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