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IUP could be the right school for you,Quite BrightBusiness - Management and Administration
IUP could be the right school for you, but it wasn't for me. My advice is take your college research very seriously before you choose the university you will want to attend. Take into consideration every little thing: academic strength, tuition, weather, demographics of the place (coastal, inner-city, suburbs, small town), everything will matter and make your college experience, and in consequence, your grades and performance better.

Academically: You definitely have to work for your grades, professors are mostly very good, but if you want a good job in the future and want to stand out in the crowd and really network with your professors, you definitely have to put more effort as well. There are a lot of good services there to help you, you just have to go out and find them (it's not like they advertise them very well). The good is that they have so many good things available but the bad is that most of us, especially freshman coming straight out of high school don't know about these resources. If you like to work hard and go after all the good things it has to offer you can benefit positively from IUP.

Socially: I find that the people who do like IUP are the ones that like to party every other day of the week. If you're not one of those people, you'll have a hard time having a good social life here. Mainly because it's just what people do here and they don't understand if you say you don't want to party every weekend. It's weird to them? so, close-minded? yes, quite a bit. The university is located at a small college town, when the weather is nice and warm, it's not bad, but in the colder times it is miserable, extremely cold (especially if you are used to warmer weather).

The overall environment: I have my friends here and there, and because it is not an awfully large university you are able to make friends and know a lot of people if you put forth the effort into getting to know them (unless you party a lot). It is mostly a white university, people are mostly from pittsburgh and other parts of western PA, and a lot of people from Philly as well. The kids here aren't the friendliest and a lot of times seem judgmental and even racist. However, it is not to the point where you feel unsafe. IUP is very safe in my opinion. And like I said, there are plenty of resources on campus. Also, Pittsburgh is 1 hour and 30 minutes away, so all the fun stuff is 1.5 hours away from you, if you don't have a car it kinda sucks.Have been here for almost 2 years now, I participate in a lot of groups and clubs around campus and decided to give IUP a try after my first year, but still haven't found a group of people that I can relate to and be close friends with. I'm not going to try and tell you what college is about because its different for everyone, but you should like the school you go to, and even enjoy going to class since you're there to get your education and learn about what you're passionate, which is why I can't wait to transfer.

2nd Year Female -- Class 2016
Individual Value: A-, Friendliness: C-
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My fellow students seem to be absolutely absorbedQuite BrightCriminal
My fellow students seem to be absolutely absorbed in the "party lifestyle". When they aren't vomiting on the sidewalks they are breaking things and stealing signs. Not a lot of emphasis is placed on studying or discussing things in class. This does not apply to each student as a small percentage is focused on their studies.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2015
Extracurricular Activities: A-, Surrounding City: D-
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Administration is absolute GARBAGE!Chemistry
Administration is absolute GARBAGE! Faculty are self-absorbed and extremely unhelpful. Students are a bunch of partiers with no regard for Academia. The Robert E Cook Honors college would be worthwhile if it was surrounded by the rest of the university.
Male -- Class 2000
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