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| I am finishing up my freshman year at IUP and have thus far been disappointed for the most part, as have numerous others, and am transferring out this fall. |
First and foremost- If you are looking for the "college experience", look elsewhere.. I was one of the more popular and outgoing kids in high school, and was friends with just about everybody in my class. It came as a huge suprise to see a "party school" consist of so many closed-off students. The majority of the students here are strangely antisocial and not open to meeting new people. The student body is not the most outgoing, and the dorms/suites consist of all closed doors with no social interaction among neighbors. Unlike other schools, the students keep to themselves and are strangely stand-offish. Very depressing atmosphere. This was the complete opposite at every other college that I visited, where students knew each other and were generally friendly.
As far as the whole party school rep that students brag about- it is EXTREMELY overrated. Students pride themselves and believe they are "party animals", but even the top frat parties are pretty mediocre usually. Frat houses are small and run down and not mansions like seen at other schools. If you are guy, be prepared to be turned down to a lot of parties because frats don't let guys in unless you are a brother there or know the person at the door. The majority of students are from rural areas where parties basically don't exist, so students are convinced IUP is "party central" when they visit. It honestly is no different then any other college campuses of the size. If partying is a huge priority to you, join a larger school as you will probably be a bit disappointed when IUP isn't really "party central".
As far as academics are concerned, most of my teachers were good. I had a few bad ones, but thats expected with any school. The teachers have been accessible, and were always open to communicating with me about things in my experience. I like the smaller class sizes, really works towards you.
The walls are paper thin and you hear everything in the suites. Its often hard to sleep at night since you are always close to some sort of street and everybody puts obnoxiously loud mufflers on their cars. The weather sucks but thats expected in this area. The food is pretty good and there is a large variety to choose from. Expensive, but pretty well priced by college standards.No school spirit whatshowever, but perhaps that will change if the school goes D1..
|Apr 04 2010|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2013 |
| IUP offers a solid education without putting your parents or yourself in the poorhouse with high tuition and huge loans to payoff when you graduate.|
I was a Journalism major and took advantage of joining the campus newspaper, Radio and TV stations starting as a FRESHMAN. This is unheard of at larger universities where mostly grad students work at them.
A degree is a piece of paper and has no merit on where you will get a job. Most people don't land a job by what name of the school they graduated from rather it's the grades and extracurricular activities you do. Take advantage of doing a Co-op, internship and / or study abroad. All of which IUP offers. I did an internship and study abroad. Where I interned and what was on my resume helped to land entry level jobs out of IUP my friends not the name of my school. Actually, when I interned in Manhatten, there were many people from Shippensburg, Clarion, IUP that I came in contact with in addition to those from Syracuse, Penn State, NYU etc.
|Jan 17 2008|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| Well, the only positives about IUP is that the campus is really beautiful with all the trees, flowers..etc. The Campus is kind of big, and they have a wide range of majors and clubs. That's about it. |
The Students at IUP are very close-minded, especially towards minorities. People look at people like they've never seen a black person or a Hispanic person. All the students who go here are from small PA towns, and apparently "aren't" used to being around minorities.
This one girl has the nerve to ask me what do I put on my "nappy hair"? Who says that to another person? I walk around campus, and people make me feel like I'm a minority.
I've been here for 2 years, and I'm transferring out next semester!!!!
|Jan 08 2012|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2014 |