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| IUP is not a bad school. It would be a lot better if some people didn't think that this school is a party central. I don't mind going to a few parties here and there, but the partying scene gets really old fast. Some of the people here are pretty dumb in class. The best thing about IUP is the faulty, especially in my department. The Political Science department in my opinion is the best in the school. They take no crap, are very approachable, and conduct stunning classes that I enjoy. They really know how to relate to students. The town around the school and the weather here stink. Theres not a lot to do around the town and the weather is not always the greatest. I had some hard times finding friends, because mostly students keep to themselves here. My advice is: if you came here to party, and party only you will fail miserably. I've seen that happen in my first couple of years here. Like any school, you gotta strike a balance. The courses here aren't bad, you just gotta commit to it. Overall, IUP is a great school but theres some dumb people in it. |
|Oct 09 2010|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2013 |
| I don't even know where to begin...just a completely miserable experience! Professors would assign papers, review rough drafts, suggest changes, and, even after changes were made by student, would still not find papers satisfactory. If you tried to write anything radical or out of the box, you were discouraged and your ideas/creativity were shot down. Very traditional, close-minded scholars. They talk about critical pedagogy, critical pedagogy, blah, blah, blah--but they don't practice it! They worship the ideas of Freire, but they don't practice them. I could go on and on. On top of all this, they emphasized how perfect papers had to be, yet students would lose points because the professors themselves would incorrectly mark something as wrong (for example, in APA format), when it was actually correct. Could not wait to transfer the hell out of there! Feel like I just got out of prison. Now I can share my writings and ideas--which have been praised by scholars at universities much more prominent than IUP--with others who will truly appreciate them! |
|Sep 03 2010|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2010 |
| I love IUP. That being said, I probably love it because of the people here rather than the institution itself. When searching for my perfect college, IUP seemed to fit my ideal exactly; medium sized (14,000 students), Division II athletic program, an engaging Honors College, and a solid criminology department. |
What I found at IUP differed from my expectations although not immediately. The classes were challenging in the Robert E. Cook Honors College, but not so much for the rest of the university. I chalked it up to intro classes that were just there to weed out the kids that didn't want to be in college anyway.
The Honors classes are great and are based on Socratic method teaching for humanities. Basically the students sit in a circle and talk about the previous night's readings and nightly journals. The program is writing based so you will never see tests or dreaded scantrons but you have to be prepared for a lot of writing - a major difference from the rest of classes on campus. These honors classes are limited to 20 students each (100 total for each incoming class) and everyone knows each other because they live in the same building for their first year. It is a very welcoming atmosphere that encourages critical thinking and academic thought.
The rest of the classes varied in academic challenges; I love my department and the professors are interested in who I am as a person and what I want to do after undergrad. Other classes, I have had good and bad professors. Thankfully, I have only had 2 classes stick out as ones that I would not repeat.
What disappointed me the most about campus was the overall apathetic mood from the students. Involvement, especially political involvement, is difficult to come by. For those that are especially active this may come as a shock and should be a consideration when looking at schools. The administration can also be difficult to work with when there are political ideals being expressed (speakers/voter registration etc). The administration is changing right now, and that problem may change.
Extracurriculars, however, are extensive and there are clubs for any and every person. If there is not one that you want, it is very simple and easy to create one. I love IUP's Alternative Spring Break - you go on a week long trip to do various service projects throughout the nation. Indiana, the town, is small. We are in a rural area but only an hour from Pittsburgh. The town is not the most exciting place but combined with campus there is always something to do whether it is a concert, pick-up frisbee games, hiking (we have an outdoor co-op area), watch movies. If you complain about not having anything to do, it is your own fault.
|Aug 04 2010|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2011 |