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What are the academics like at your school?

KJ

-PROFESSORS KNOW YOUR NAME IF YOU ATTEND CLASS. -FAVORITE CLASSES SEEM TO BE CLASSES THAT PERTAIN TO THE EDUCATION FIELD AND TE COMMUCATIONS AND MEDIA COURSES. -CLASS PARTICIPATION IS A MUST! -STUDENTS APPLY THEIR INTELLIGENCE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF CLASS...AND MOST STUDENTS ARE COMPETITIVE! **SPENDING TIME WITH PROFESSORS OUTSIDE OF CLASS IS DEMANDED! I always seem to make time to meet with my professors so that if there is ever a time when i need a couple extra points or I need them to understand a situation that I may be involved in, I want them to know me personally, and every student shoudl want the same thing! **ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS-are lienant. the faculty works with you so that you are able to do your very best and perform to the best of your ability even if that means you need tutoring. **IUP is very career oriented and very geared towards you furthering your education and making the best of your colege experience while doing so.

Jessica

I was elementary education and worked VERY hard. It is a lot of work, but worth it in the end. The education department is very competitive, you must have a 3.0 to remain in education and pass several tests. Most of my professors were very helpful and fun. They understood when you are overload and are their to help you. The biggest complaint I have is IUP's reputation. It is a great school and I had to work just as hard if not harder then some of my friends at larger schools.

Chad

The preofessors here are easy to talk to. They are friendly and understanding of the trials and tribulations of being young. Office hours are easy to find out and I strongly suggest that students use them. One on one time with a professor helps the student understand material they don't get and it helps the professor get an idea of what he/she needs to focus on as well as how to help the struggling student.

Kay

Some science teachers should really reconsider their teaching methods. Health & Phys. Ed educators are amazing at IUP!

Christa

Liberal Studies classes are a joke. They are easy and the teachers don't care because they mirror the student who have the "I'm only here because I have to be" attitude.

Robin

I was a very vocal person in my Psychology, sociology, and philosophy classes so my teachers knew who I was. A majority of the teachers on campus do not take attendance but that does not mean that you shouldnt go. trust me I slept through my freshman fall semester and had a 1.5 gpa and was almost kicked out of school. prioritize, if you know that you can miss up to three classes then make sure you miss them when the wheatehr is crappy or when you are really hung over dont waste them. At IUP, if you are part of the Allied Health or Nursin department you must always stay in contact with your advisor. If your advisor likes you they will do anyhting to make your life easier including allowing you to drop a class 2 days before finals start. DO NOT BLOW OFF YOUR ADVISOR!!!!!!!!!! Lastly, dont be stupid. Meaning, dont assume that your advisor can read your mind and dont assume that IUP accepts grades from other institutions because they dont.

Amber

At IUP, professors definitely know your name in your major classes, which are smaller. In some core liberal studies classes, they may not just because of the class size. However, you can make yourself known if you participate regularly. It has been my experience that some IUP students do have intellectual conversations outside of class and that many IUP students are quite intelligent and have much to offer to these conversations. I think that the goal of IUP's education is to both get the student a job after graduation as well as to learn for learning's sake. It is a great mix of these two goals.

Heather

One thing about IUP that I love is the classroom size! Throughout my first year here at IUP, the one thing that allowed me to really feel at home was the familiarity with professors and pupils. My classmates as well as my professors and I were able to familiarize are selves with one another on a distinct level of friendship. This enabled me to learn from classmates as well as my professors easily through class discussion. Everyone is willing to help one another in order for everyone to grow and exceed in intellect!

Nate

Most of my professors know my name or at least show that I exist when they pass me on the sidewalk.

Stephanie

Class sizes vary depending on the type of class. I've had smaller classes the size of a High School class where the professor knew me by name, but I have also had a class that filled an auditorium. I have really liked most of my professors. The art department is very challenging, but the professors are always willing to help as much as they can.

Amanda

Classes at IUP are generally small considering how many students attend the college. I really like this about IUP because I can get to know professors and they can get to know me. Most professors will be able to remember your name within a few weeks and try to help you in any way they can. I have definitely had some great professors and I have had others that I would not recommend to anyone so before scheduling classes make sure you do your research! All students are different but I study a good bit usually a night or two before the test and that seems to work for me. Depending on your major you may have to study a lot or barely at all. Many people skip getting the books because they are so expensive but I have been buying and selling mine on half.com and the prices are really not that bad. I would definitely suggest getting the book. I am in the Business Honors Program so we do tend to spend time with professors outside of class. I really like Eberly (the College of Business) because there are many different organizations and things to do. Dean Camp meets with the honors students anytime there is a problem because he wants to continue improving Eberly. The education at IUP can be geared toward getting a job or just learning. It depends what classes you take and who the professor is. I really enjoy the business classes in which the professor can give us information about the work world and about his/her past experiences. I have to say the most interesting class I have taken so far was Lbst 499 - Iraq What Happens Next? I took this class in the summer and learned more that I thought I would. It was very interesting to learn about Iraq and the Middle East. Now when people start talking about the war in Iraq I can jump into the conversation and give a different perspective. I would recommend this class to anyone!

Leigh-Ann

At IUP, most but not all teachers know your name. It depends how big of a class you have and how much you participate. But, outside of class I barely ever see my profs. I think that students on campus study... sometimes. I do not feel that a lot of kids who attend study well enough to make it through a semester.

James

All of the professors in the Safety Science department were very knowledgeable. I was impressed with their love for safety.

Amber

Academics all depend on how much time you are willing to put into it. If you go to class, do the work, and participate you will do just fine. Participating allows the professors to learn who you are and stand out (but don't become a brown noser or talk too much because then everyone else in the class will wish you disappeared) and that can help you later on if you ever need help with something or even a recommendation. Though I am a History major I already earned a bachelor's in Anthropology and it helps me a lot with my History coursework. When I look into grad schools the two together should make me stand out little more from the rest. One of the most interesting classes I took was Human and Mammal Osteology in the Anthropology department, you get to handle real bones of both people and animals. Another interesting class was and introductory course to Asian Art, this course involved the completion of your own textbook of sorts where you looked up information on specific topics such as the Taj Mahal or Buddhism, it was an interersting technique that helped me learn the material.

Brianna

As I mentioned before classes aren't too large and most of the time professors do know your name, especially if you participate a lot and ask a lot of questions. Class participation is good especially when it counts toward your grade. IUP likes its students to be well rounded and I think they're doing a good job of it even though it's really the departments that make the decisions on what extra classes they want their students to take. It's a good school with friendly professors for the most part.

Grant

Professors here are excellent they know their stuff. I am a histoy major and the department is full of supportive and helpful professors. The most unique class i have taken here is the Digital historian class- It was helpful, we historians usually run from technology, however we learned a lot about building websites, finding credible websites,technology in the feild even gps units, second-life's interactive islands (one island was the sistine chapels), we built a wiki for incoming students to effectively use the library's website, and others in my class built a helpful tools how to guide for websites and information for papers.

Francine

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nathanael

The professors do try to get to know you as a student. All of my professors have done really well, with the exception of a one. The course are not as easy as people say IUP is. You really have to work to get good grades here.

Kyle

Classes are small and students have every opportunity to interact meaningfully with professors and with fellow students. Students in my major (Political Science) are highly collegial and friendly with one another. The professors in the department are accessible outside of class (as are professors in other departments). The Liberal Studies Program does a good job of giving students a well-rounded education. The faculty are well-qualified: I've taken French classes from French natives, a business class from a retired businessman, government classes from a professor with 20 years' experience in state government, and so on.

Cody

I love my english class. Dr. Stilwell was a huge help my freshman year.

Brendon

IUP's academics can be difficult pending on the major of choice. My freshman year I had a classes that I was not interested in taking but every one of my professors took the time to know my name. For example, one professor took our individual pictures with our names so she could memorize our names and the very next class she knew our names.

Christine

My major is International Business. I believe the IUP Business program to be extremely strong. For me, my favorite class is my Chinese Language course. The Asian Studies department is also a strong and ever-growing department. Majority of the professors on campus are extremely helpful, and very knowledgeable in there specific background. There are a lot of professors (my personal favorites) who challenge you to think outside of the box, and adapt to new ways and views of thinking.

Jamie

The class sizes range from huge, about 90-100 students, to 20 student smalls intimate classes. Many of the liberal studies profs will barely know you, but the profs in your major, ones you see everyday for multiple classes, will get to know you very well.

Liz

The courses at IUP are challenging. The professors make you think and analyze the information and the class. I have learn so much not only about histoy, the economy, and accounting, but also about myself. Part of going to college is to find out who "I" is and find a direction that best suits you.

Sarah

The professors for my major know my name but the liberal studies ones don't. I study a lot, and get A's. But really to get an A in liberal studies you just need to show up for class, which a lot of students actually don't do.

Marissa

I passionately disliked a history class I took. The lectures were so boring, but I made it through with a B. The thing that you will learn the fastest is you'll not always like your professor, but they don't give a damn if you pass or fail, so you better care. Class participation is common and makes the class go faster. I don't study often, but manage to do decent. I've never personally experienced a competitive student. I have not decided a major at this time, however, leaning towards Criminology. I've never spent time with a professor outside of class, but most of them are willing to help as necessary. I feel that IUP's academic requirements are reasonable and if taken seriously something easy enough to accomplish.

Erica

Im in the culinary program so its really different than the rest of the school

Lauren

The best advice I can give about academics is to go to class. You really can't do well in a class without going to the class. The professors really help you in and out of class, so it is definately beneficial to go. The only bad thing about some classes is that in the summer so rooms are not air conditioned so it can get a little uncomfortable. If you have any problems you can talk to professors during office hours or some classes offer study groups. Most students spend a majority of the time doing classwork or studying for exams. A lot of students go the library because it is quiet and you can get a lot done there. For some professors class participation is part of the grade so in that aspect is it important, but most professors don't care.

Carrie

I am a Business education major, so I was in both the business school and the college of education. My major was very challenging, and took a great deal of hard work. You have to be on top of the game, however. You will meet horrible professors, and professors that have the ability to change your life.

Bonnie

I have had many admirable professors at IUP. I love my communications classes. I have also had two really great sociology professors. Class participation in common among IUP students and always makes a class more interesting. Intellectual conversantion is common outside of class. I do not think students are cometitive. College is about finding yourself and the begining the the "real world". I do not belive there is any reason for students to compete agenst one another. Either you do your best and accomplish what you need to do, or you simply do not. I have never spent time with a professor outside of class unless it was during office hours and I had a question or concern due to an assignment. The academic requirements at IUP are just right. I learn a lot, and there is a lot of work. As the years go on, the work gets harder and there is a lot more time to be spent studying and writing papers. In my department, communications media, I feel that the education that I recieve will one day set me on the road to success.

Bill

The professors are very good. They take the time to know you. The classes are usually about 20-30 students and all professor are required to have office hours to give you help when you need it. There is free tutoring for every class on campus and other opportunities to further your education on campus. There is a wide range of classes offered. Night classes, day classes, online during the normal semesters and over the summer, with over 2000 classes being offered during three summer sessions each year.

Breanna

I think this goes with any college, but the professor DEF makes or breaks the class. Some teachers are willing to help & make sure you understand, others aren't so caring. But ultimately its up to you weather you go to classes & how much effort you put into them.

Stacy

The communications department was by far the most personable of teachers, and i went through 3 majors. Dr. Richard Lamberski (comm) was one of the most influential teachers ive had and Dr. Maureen Mchugh (psyc) was the worst/most unorganized and least beneficial teacher I took. In a mature manner i strongly suggest you rethink her spot at IUP because she is a waste of money and time.

Kendall

Yeah, like I wrote above, the profs really are amazing, they know you, pretend to love, and help you with anything. The profs in the history department are always inviting students to office hours and they have saved my academic ass more than once. Class participation is usually must, like factored into your grade. Intellectual conversations are usually encouraged, every once and a while you will get a prof that teaching only because he/she like to hear the sound of his or her own voice...but honestly, not often. There is a huge verity of classes to take, I wish I could take more of the history classes like the Byzantine Empire, or African American Women in America. There's just some really great stuff being offered by profs who speicalize in the area. IUP is geared both towards learning and getting a job, the education is so remarkable considering the cost. Really, I mean everyone hates there school at some time or another, for some reason or another, but I couldn't have found a better school for what I want to do (teach history). But the school is big, and has lots of majors, I really can't speak for the rest of the programs, only the history department. I have had class with students that are going to Harvard, Berkley, Stanford, in addition my roommate won a Fulbright...and may I remind you that this is a STATE school. That's pretty cool.

mike

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Helen

The majority of my classes had about 20-25 students in them. The only exceptions were my general edu. classes (History, Psychology) which probably had 50-75 students. All of my professors knew me by name and most even gave out their home or cell phone numbers for their students to reach them if they had questions about any assignments/upcoming assessments. Overall, I found the academics at IUP to be top-notch and the professors a step above the rest.

lindsey

yes my professors know me by name. my fav class would have to be my english 202 because the professor really tried to get to know you and tried to get you to know your class mates. myy least favorite class was my sewing class even though it is my major class i hate sewing. because of my sorority i studied 10plus hours a week. yes. and i do feel think iup do have intellectual conversations outside of class. yes. antropology. my major is fashion merchandising and it is a really good department with professors that care and we have a club with our department. no. i think they are good requirments. yes.

Alyssa

The academics are okay. I like all of my teachers in my major but there are some general education teachers that need to relax and take it easy with the students, but that is at every school. I try to study for test at least 2 days before. Some tho spend all there time at the library, not me.

Bryan

My most favorite subject overall is the studies within the Sociology department and within my major: Sociology (Child, Spouse, domestic violence, etc) And my least favorite is the math courses or something that has nothing to do with your major at all. Such as History with a Sociology degree.

Kim

For the most part, the classes are fairly big. If you have a general education class, chances are you'll be in the lecture hall with another fifty to a hundred other students. For more major related classes, there may only be thirty or less students in the class. The professors I had so far all tried to get to know my name, so you don't feel like just a face in the class. My Journalism major really is teaching us for the field, having us take articles and copyedit them, just like if we were writing for a newspaper. I would say the rest of the majors are similar.

Parker

In undergrad, I noticed that probably about a third of the students were complete imbeciles who were only there......well, who knows why they even bothered going? But there are a lot of serious students too, and in the graduate program, there were nothing but highly devoted students. From what I understand, the strongest programs at IUP are the business program as well as safety sciences.

Keith

Like I mentioned above. They need to put more restrictions on acceptance for students. Other than that I approve of everything but a few professors I've had.

Lindsey

Academics at IUP were a lot harder than I expected. Although the sociology department was excellent, the professors always offered great lectures and were always willing to help. Many of the liberal studies classes were quite difficult. It is important to look at the professor before registering because they can really determine your grade. A unique class that I would recomend taking is Child Abuse and Wine Service; both of them were informative and fun.

Kelly

I think the participation level and studying level varies from student to student at IUP. I try very hard to participate in my classes that are in my major, or classes that I feel comfortable with the material. I have had classes where students interact and argue points of view and I've also had classes where the professor was pulling teeth to get an answer from any student. I think it depends mostly on the topic, how interesting the professor makes the class, etc. In most instances professors do make an attempt to learn your name. This is almost always true in your department. I am on a first-name basis with most if not all of my Journalism professors and feel comfortable stopping by their office after class to discuss any problems I'm having with the class. Surprisingly, one of my favorite classes I took was for my English minor, and it was The Bible as Literature. The professor made the subject very interesting to learn, he brought in food as a means to make connections to the stories of the Bible. I think the education at IUP is geared more towards getting a job, but this could also just be the instance of the Journalism department. My professors very much want me to succeed and learn as much as possible and encourage me to try my hardest to get a good job when I graduate.

Lindsay

At IUP my professors in my major know my name, but it was a rarity that my professors in my liberal studies classes knew my names. I can think of 1 or 2 teachers who knew my name. My favorite class that I have taken would have to be Fundamentals of Conducting that I had to take for my major. My absolute LEAST favorite so far has been general psychology. Horrible teacher, horrible classes. I don't want to remember that semester in there at all. In the music department, yes, students are competitive..extremely competitive. I believe that to be true in other majors. The most unique class i have taken would be world religions. Being a religous person my self, I went in to the class being a little skeptical. But after the class I really learned to appreciate other religions practiced in society today. For a major in music education, I think it is ridiculous that we have to take as many credits and have as many liberal studies requirements as we have. In the long run, i believe that it will all be beneficial. I feel the music class requiremnets i have are very geared toward getting a job but i have found no use in the math and science classes that I've needed to take.

Maria

Most of my professors knew my name. The professors like to know everyone's names and interact with them on papers and assignments. The lower level classes that everyone has to take are the ones that are in the auditoriums mostly, but they are packed. The teacher rarely knows anyone in those classes, but in the others the professor knows everyone. Class participation is normally given a point value on the syllabus at the beginning of the semester. Coming to class is important to a lot of professors and they give rules at the beginning on how the grades will be given if you miss a class. Professors are strictly at school. I rarely see them outside of class unless I visit office hours with questions. I have had plenty of groups in class and we communicate fine and eventually get the project done. IUP really helps students get ready for finding a job. That is mostly what the programs cater to.

Nicole

IUP academics are great. Most classes that you have to take have less then fifty people in them. Usually the freshman classes that almost everyone has to take has the most people in them. When you get to classes for your major then there are way less people in the class room.

Tristan

The academics at IUP are awesome, at least in the crim. department. I have had maybe one professor that was a jack ass. They are fair, what more can you ask for, you get what you put in.

Sarah

As with many schools, there are some good professors and some bad ones. IUP is split around the middle - there are teachers who did a poor job helping students or knowing their names, and there are some who are really caring and rigorous. My favorite teacher was Dr. Goebel (from the Honors College) who really cared for her students, but still assigned a good bit of work, really teaching us helping us to get interested in history. My least favorite was taught by Dr. Begres (she's left since) and the next worst were my language classes. Even though there are a variety of foreign language classes, they are not taught well or by professional teachers, which how I need to study. They're more like "You can learn the language by yourself, and we're here to help" kind of classes. Overall, the student population is very slack about its academics, however, the Honors College contains a good portion of the people dedicated to excellence (but there are still slackers). Since there is a large fraternity/sorority presence on campus, and a partying attitude, this means that there is also a significant amount of people who simply don't care about their classes. Class participation is usually limited to a core group (except at the Honors College). There are a fair amount of intellectual conversations outside of class that I have participated in, whether with teachers, Honors College students, or other students. I've heard that the business college is really competitive, but there's not that atmosphere elsewhere. The Political Science department is decent, working in conjunction with other classes to help produce International Studies. Asian Studies, my potential minor, is a new major that is still in the works. My current advisor is very poor - not knowing what she is doing, giving very little advice when approached. The mentality of the campus is more the "You can do it yourself," attitude, which tries to make students independent, but instead simply confuses. It's difficult to do everything oneself without any help.

Kristina

The class sizes were mostly small. My largest class was 101 people and it was a very easy art history class. My other classes had no more than 40 and my smallest class, a french class had 14. All of my professors were great except one. In the smaller classes they pretty much knew everyone's name. The best part is that all professors have required office hours where they are always available if need be.

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