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IUP again named one of 'America's Top Colleges' by Forbes

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Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been named one of "America's Top Colleges" by Forbes magazine for the second consecutive year.

IUP is one of only 23 Pennsylvania colleges and universities chosen for Forbes' fourth annual listing. The list includes 650 of the 6,600 accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States.

Magazine editors chose colleges and universities for the listing based on the quality of teaching, graduation rates, career prospects and low levels of debt for graduates.

The institutions are ranked with information culled from a variety of sources. Those sources include surveys on the Rate My Professor website, freshman-to-sophomore year retention rates, alumni surveys, alumni inclusion in "Who's Who in America" and the Forbes corporate officer list.

Also considered are national awards won by an institution's students. IUP students have won 10 Fulbright scholarships, five Goldwater awards and 17 international study-abroad awards from the Freeman-Asia and Gilman foundations in the past decade.

IUP was also recently named, for the 17th consecutive year, as one of the nation's top doctoral universities by U.S. News & World Report. The university also marked its 11th consecutive year of inclusion in the Princeton Review's "Best Colleges" guidebook.

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