Founded in 1875, IUP is a vibrant, comprehensive, research-based, teaching-focused, student-centered learning community that goes beyond what one would expect from a state school. Find more facts about IUP. * IUP combines the opportunities of a big university with the highly personalized and intimate learning-centered environment of a small college. * About 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students are currently enrolled in the accredited and nationally recognized programs at IUP, enjoying traditional and nontraditional classroom experiences, engaging in research and service activities with their faculty mentors, becoming lifelong learners, 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. Our contributions to society have been recognized by Washington Monthly magazine and in the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. IUP also made G.I. Jobs magazine’s list of “Military Friendly Schools.” * IUP is consistently ranked among the best institutions in the region for cost, quality, and comfort by a wide variety of sources, including the Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges” publications; Donald Asher’s Cool Colleges: For the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming and Just Plain Different; Forbes Magazine; U.S. News and World Report; Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine; Consumers Digest; and Entrepreneur Magazine.