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Old 05-02-2011, 07:51 AM
Location: O'Hara Twp.
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It is nice to see that IUP's reputation is starting to draw some kids form out of state. Most college towns aren't as diverse as you might like because after all they are small towns with a college stuck in the middle. Basically, most of your diversity would come from the univsity not the town. If you truely wan't a diverse "town" then you really would have to look at the bigger schools in cities. Ohio State would be an example.

What about the University of Deleware? I would bet that it would be cheaper since you would get in state tuition. A friend of mine went there and he really liked it.
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:02 AM
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Originally Posted by zip95 View Post
Your not thinking about it correctly. IUP is a college town and all college towns are perfectly fine. Everything you will ever need will be within the protective bubble of the college town. Outside of this bubble you will find 1970's Alabama racism combined with Appalachian poverty, but you will never have any reason to leave the protective college bubble so don't worry about it. Also, it's not really a white/black issue, It's more of a rural conservative vs liberal metropolitan issue. White people come in many different flavors, just like black people.
Amazing people can make stereotypical, huge generalization about a whole county like this. I've been, lived, attended school in Indiana. You should be commending IUP, since for decades they have consciously recruited not only non-white professors but also students. They even established special summer sessions, boot camps, to help in coming freshman succeed. (Not sure if they still do this.)
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:24 AM
Location: Close to Pittsburgh, but NOT Pittsburgh ('cause I don't pay CoP taxes)
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I grew up in Indiana and went to school at IUP and can confirm that the town's population itself doesn't include much in the way of black residents. The campus itself is a good deal closer to the general nationwide demographic breakdown, and, from what I recall, there were "black neighborhoods" that sort of organically occur in some of the off-campus housing clusters, so if that's the type of thing that would make you feel more comfortable, it's certainly an option.

Long story short... you won't be the only black person in town if you're going to Philadelphia Street to party with your friends or heading to the mall or a grocery store or what have you. While Indiana may appear to be "in the middle of nowhere," it's still a county seat, and the major "industries" there are the university, law, the hospital, etc., and, in my opinion, the school district was just fine. So, by and large, it's not like you're going to be having too many run-ins with "hicks from the sticks" so to speak.

To be honest, the most likely forms of discrimination you'll run into are because you're a student. There's always been a bit of a divide between the town residents and the students, which is a shame. But by and large, it's all just passive aggressive BS that doesn't amount to much and nothing to really concern yourself about.

Last edited by JayDiFiore; 05-02-2011 at 08:28 AM.. Reason: fixed malaprop
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Old 05-02-2011, 01:11 PM
Location: Western Pa
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Hey Oddity... I went to IUP about 3 years ago and I can not speak higher of the town and school.

First off , you will have no reason to venture outside of Indiana (IUP). Inless you are possibly into some "outdoor" type activities there is no reason to leave the extended campus. There is really nothing to do around the outskirts of town, even with a 20 min drive or so.

Second, there is a signifcant black popluation living in or around the campus. Also there is numerous black organizaitons scattered around, I couldn't see you feeling out of place.

Do not let some people deter on you the town itself. There is TONS of activities available in town and from IUP. Yes, it is in a rural location, but the town it self is NOT RURAL.
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