Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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Indiana, PA 15705


Undergraduate: 10,143
Graduate: 2,173
Total Headcount: 12,316

Formulating A Plan To Help Cure Blindness at IUP

For a long time, blindness was considered a permanent and irreversible condition. But according to two IUP students and their faculty mentor, those days might be numbered.

Sophia Berg and Victoria Jakicic presented research on prosthetic vision April 3 at the 13th annual Undergraduate Scholars Forum at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. It's a subject in which scientists, doctors, mathematicians, psychologists, and other researchers around the globe are working on to try to give people who suffer from blindness some amount of vision.

“There are an estimated 40 million blind people," Berg said, “so the demand for prosthetic vision is high."


 Points of Pride

​IUP is proud to be the first university to host the Pennsylvania Governor's Awards for the Arts program.

Consistently ranked nationally as a "Best for Vets" university, a "Military Friendly School" and serving as a Yellow Ribbon university, IUP won a MacArthur Award in 2015, given to the top ROTC programs in the nation, for the 2013-2014 academic year. Now in its 64th year, IUP's ROTC program has produced 2,000 U.S. Army second lieutenants and eight generals, along with the 2009 ROTC Top Cadet in the Nation.

​IUP has been included for 15 years in the Princeton Review's Best Colleges guidebook, selected for the past seven years for the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, listed in Forbes Magazine as a top college, included in Washington Monthly's "Colleges That Make a Difference," and is included in Dr. Donald Asher's Cool Colleges for the Hyperintelligent.

​IUP is home to the first endowed honors college in Pennsylvania, the Robert E. Cook Honors College. The Cook Honors College admitted its first class in 1996 and was founded at IUP as a result of a gift from Robert E. Cook, a 1964 mathematics graduate of IUP. His multimillion dollar gift was the largest in university history.

​IUP faculty have won more than 60 Fulbright scholarships; IUP students have won a total of 12 Fulbright awards, seven Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, 11 Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarships and 12 Freeman-Asia study abroad awards. IUP also has the Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Educator of the Year and two Rome Prize winners.

 Notable Alumni

​Tim Cejka '73 - President, ExxonMobile Exploration (Retired)

​Charlene Mickens Dukes '80 - President, Prince George Community College

​Almar Latour '94 -Editor-In-Chief, Wall Street Journal Asia

Steve Skorija '69 - Musical Director, Walt Disney World

​Sue Snyder '85 - Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, Philadelphia Inquirer

​Jack Thomas, D'90 - President, Western Illinois University


Dr. Michael Driscoll

Dr. Michael Driscoll

In his first two years, Dr. Michael Driscoll engaged university stakeholders to create a formalized strategic vision; formed a sustainable natural resource development team; established the Military Resource Center; broke ground for new building for humanities and social sciences and took on the national problem of college student binge drinking on the local level.
Driscoll formerly served as executive vice chancellor and provost of the University of Alaska Anchorage, and in various posts at Portland State University. He earned his PhD, MS, and BS in electrical engineering at Michigan State University. Learn more.