IUP's freshman class is full
Citing a record number of applicants for the fall 2011 semester, Indiana University of Pennsylvania has stopped accepting incoming freshmen at its main campus and its Punxsutawney branch.
James Begany, associate vice president for enrollment management at IUP, said Friday that the university had accepted 3,100 freshman, after receiving nearly 12,800 applications.
That was almost 800 more than IUP received in 2010, a year in which the university set a record for applications.
The 2010-11 school year's enrollment was the highest ever, with more than 15,100 students taking classes last fall. The previous record, just over 14,600 students, was set in fall 1991.
Begany said in the announcement that students and parents were impressed by the university's high academic standards.
"We also know that our new residence halls and the living-learning communities they create are important to our incoming students and their families," he added. "These factors, along with our affordability, keep IUP as a very attractive option for academically strong students."
This past October, the university completed its four-year, $245 million Residential Revival project, which replaced 11 outdated dormitories with eight modern suite-style buildings that IUP officials said would embrace a new "living-learning" philosophy.
IUP will continue to admit international students and transfer students, except in the nursing, speech-language pathology and audiology majors. Officials said admissions at the Northpointe branch campus in Armstrong County would also remain open.
California University of Pennsylvania, which like IUP is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, will continue to accept incoming freshmen, said spokeswoman Christine Kindl.
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