Its starting to be that time where high school seniors are touring campuses and I see those little red folders and large groups of people walking around the Oak Grove. Choosing a school is hard, this is where you’ll be spending the next four years of your life and this place will be your home away from home so you need to make sure you pick the one that fits you perfectly.

Choosing IUP wasn’t as hard for me as it is for many other students. My brother had gone here 4 years prior to be going to college and I had always visited the campus with him so it was kind of a breeze when I found out they had my major. If its not as easy for you, here`s a list of reasons why you should choose IUP..

1. The wide variety of majors

I started off my freshman year as an undecided major with a focus on Nuclear Medicine. Being an undecided major I could change my major again if I found one that I thought would be a better fit for me. But its so good that IUP offers so many different choices in majors that its hard to choose one. IUP offers more than 130 majors ranging from Hospitality to Business to Nursing.

2. The Location

Indiana is a college town but if you want to get away from campus you can take a walk down Philly Street (especially at night) with the lights. I love the location of IUP just because of how nice the surrounding part of campus is.

3.The History

“This is Jimmy Stewart and the 10th Street cross walk sign is on” This is just one thing you`ll hear if your crossing on Philly Street. Jimmy Stewart is an actor who was in the movie A Wonderful Life who was born right here in Indiana PA. We have the Jimmy Stewart Museum that you can go see on Philly Street. We even have a big statue of him in the middle of the town.

4. Housing

IUP dorms arent that bad. You get a kitchen, your own bathroom plus you have a lot of bedroom options to choose from. You can get a private 2 person room bedroom, a private one bedroom a shared bedroom, a 4 person bedroom shared or a 4 person private. IUP has a lot of different options for people to chose from which is good since you need to live on campus for your first year.

5. Sports

Sports are one of my favorite things to attend here at IUP. The football games are full of white and red in the crowd and people cheering for the boys. The basketball games consist of the flying blimp tossing out envelopes with free things, the crowd hoping for a 72+ point win so we can get a free slice of Romeos and of course, good basketball. All of our IUP teams are really good and they all have good records.

6. The Beautiful campus

Out of all the places I toured, IUP had the best campus. Walking through the Oak Grove in the fall is a beautiful sight with all the leaves and pretty colors. Not to mention, each of the buildings at IUP has something unique about them.


If you need any other thing to persuade you to go to IUP just watch this video.


Shelby Smith

IUP 2020, Nuclear Medicine, my puppy @Riley_at_IUP

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