In September, Washington Monthly, a magazine known for annual rankings of American colleges and universities, ranked IUP on its list of 2019 College Guides and Rankings.
Washington Monthly ranks colleges based on what the university has done for the country. The magazine is like the Forbes and U.S. News & World Report rankings.
In August, Forbes named IUP as one of “America’s Top Colleges 2019.” Out of 40 colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, IUP was the only one selected for the ranking, which showcases institutions that deliver “top academics, best experiences, career success, and lowest debt – the best in the country,” said Forbes editors.
“IUP is very proud to be recognized by independent, external reviewers,” said Michelle Fryling, executive director of media relations.
While IUP has been selected based on classroom programs, it has also been recognized for the value in online programs. IUP was named in the “10 Most Affordable Accredited Online Colleges” by EduRef.net for 2020.
The university was also ranked eighth in Pennsylvania by Best Value Schools and was ranked in the top 20 for “Best Online Colleges and Universities” in the nation by EdSmart.org.
Washington Monthly only ranks four-year schools, such as national universities, liberal arts colleges, baccalaureate colleges, and master’s universities based on their contributions to the public good in three categories: social mobility, research and providing opportunities for public service.
“I’m very proud to be a part of the IUP community, and I’m glad to see someone recognize what I know firsthand: that we have an incredible commitment to student success, and our outstanding students have an incredible impact,” Fryling said.
“We know our students make a positive difference in their communities, their states, their nations and the world. The rankings are focused on information, but as our students continue to succeed, our rankings will be influenced because of stronger financial success of our graduates, voting numbers and related data.”
For a college to be included in the rankings, it must excel across all measures. Data for the university guides and ranking comes from a system known as the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, a system of interrelated surveys that are conducted annually by the National Center for Education Statistics.
IUP has been a college and university since 1965 and offers more than 140 undergraduate majors and 60+ graduate programs – which include 14 doctoral programs. Students are also able to complete more than 65 minors and scores of specialized tracks and certificate programs, such as athletic coaching, gerontology, photography and digital imaging, music and history. Two in-demand careers in Pennsylvania were recently added as undergraduate majors – public health and environmental engineering – and both are in-demand throughout the nation.
While IUP was selected this year, there’s a new year around the corner. It’s very possible for IUP to be selected again for the 2020 year.
Not only does this mean a lot to IUP as a university, but it means even more to the people who call it home, at least for six months of the year.
As Fryling said, rankings can never tell the whole story of a university, but it can help to bring awareness of IUP to future students, “who we hope visit us to find out more about IUP and how we can be the right university or them.”