Incoming freshman and returning students moved into the dorm buildings over the weekend. 

Dear IUP Students.

Welcome to a new year at IUP! Like many of you, I am also new to IUP, and I am excited to begin my first fall semester at an institution that values hard work and personal transformation. 

You belong here, and I encourage you to participate in all of the diverse opportunities IUP has to offer. This is a place where you can grow, explore, learn, and connect with others who are on a similar journey. At IUP, you can find rich out-of-class experiences that will complement your in-class experiences. 

Your success at IUP matters, and we are committed to supporting you along your journey. Please consider taking the following steps that will help you successfully progress towards achieving your educational goals.

Show up!


Go to class every single day. Participate in a program sponsored by MCSLE – The Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement. Attend a STATIC event like a concert or comedy show. Study by yourself or with your friends in Folger, our newest student-focused space on campus. Check out IUP Day on Friday, Sept. 6!

Stay Engaged!

Join a club or organization. Conduct research with a faculty member. Go on a trip sponsored by Multicultural Affairs. Start an intramural team or participate on one. Attend a Student Government Association meeting. Visit Crimson Connect to learn about all of the wonderful opportunities for student engagement that exist at IUP.

Socialize! Meet new friends. Find your old friends and take the time to enjoy a meal together at the Crimson Café.  Enjoy some homemade gelato in North Dining Hall. Attend an RA program with a group of friends. Cheer for the Crimson Hawks at the first home football game on Sept. 7. Root for our field hockey and volleyball teams with your roommates. Get connected and stay connected.

Seek Help!


Visit your professor during office hours to ask that question you didn’t want to ask in class. Go to the Counseling Center and see one of our counselors if you’re really struggling with something. Schedule an appointment with Health Services if you feel like you’re coming down with something you can’t shake. Talk to your RA if you’re trying to figure out how to find your way around IUP. Visit the Financial Aid Office or the Bursar’s Office with your questions about paying for school. Email iup-hawks@iup.edu if you have a question and just don’t know who to ask.

Every faculty, staff, administrator, and student leader want to see you succeed. Let us help you. Ask early and ask often.

Follow these tips and not only will you earn your degree, you will receive an outstanding educational experience that will last a lifetime.

Best wishes and much success,

Dr. Tom Segar

Vice President for Student Affairs

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