The residency requirement at Indiana University of Pennsylvania went into effect in fall 2017. It was updated in May 2020.
New first-time freshmen students have a two-semester residency requirement.
Transfer students, international students (new and transfer), and readmitted students with fewer than 30 credits have a two-semester residency requirement to live on campus, or until 30 credits are earned.
There is not a residency requirement for graduate students.
Students requesting an exemption to the IUP on-campus living residency requirement must complete a Residency Requirement Exemption Request Form,
available online and at the Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining in Ruddock Hall.
The residency requirement has been implemented to:
Support student academic success. Similar to national results, research at IUP indicates that students living on campus consistently achieve higher grades than their counterparts residing off campus.
Enhance student development. The residential experience allows students an opportunity to interact with peers and participate in a number of programs and activities that stimulate and challenge a student’s personal and intellectual
growth and development.
Assist students in making a smooth transition to university life. Research has shown that students living on campus are more satisfied with their living environment, are more satisfied with their college experience, and have a
greater retention and graduation rate than their off-campus counterparts. The Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining’s staff members are available to assist students and serve as a resource for students experiencing adjustment issues
to college life.
In addition to the above, living on campus provides a number of other advantages, including the following:
Close proximity to classrooms, dining halls, the library, and recreational facilities
Fully furnished rooms with a number of amenities, including a high-speed Internet connection, cable television, and local phone service
An opportunity to live on an academic specialty or special interest floor/cluster
A living environment which emphasizes residential safety, including buildings locked 24/7 with card access, security cameras at exterior doors, alarmed exterior doors, and professional and paraprofessional staff that patrol within and around residential
buildings, as well as sprinkler systems and smoke detectors in all student rooms and common areas
Students requesting an exemption to IUP’s residency requirement must complete a Residency Requirement Exemption Request Form, available through MyIUP or for download at Residency Requirement Exemption Request Form.