A new month means another University Spotlight. In this University Spotlight, we focus on the university of two of our hockey girls: Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). Roos van Herel left in the summer of 2022, and Fatou Yade Diop joined the team a few months ago.

“I talked with coach Terwilliger and immediately knew I want to go to IUP. IUP has an amazing campus and amazing sports facilitiesand supporting stuff both academic and athletic.”

Roos van Herel

Beautiful words from Roos about her university. Are you curious about what the campus looks like, what sports are practiced, and what study programs are available? Then read on quickly.


Indiana University of Pennsylvania is a public school with approximately 10,000 students. As the name suggests, it is located in the city of Indiana in the state of Pennsylvania. The campus has many facilities and offers numerous opportunities for student-athletes. You will spend a lot of time on campus. You can think of it, and it’s there. From accommodations to shops and from places to relax to gyms. Everything to make it as easy as possible for you.

You can also join more than 200 clubs and student associations. They organize numerous events throughout the year. So, there’s plenty to do on campus! Are you curious about what the campus looks like? Take a virtual tour here. Can you already picture yourself walking around here?


The school competes in Division 2 and is part of the NCAA Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, where they compete against schools such as Mercyhurst, West Chester, and Mansfield. They offer the following sports: American football, athletics, baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, hockey, lacrosse, softball, tennis, soccer, volleyball, and swimming. So, plenty of choices!

Roos and Fatou are both on the Field Hockey team at IUP. They play their games at the George P. Miller Stadium, one of the many facilities on campus. You can view the campus map here.

The students are also known as the Hawks. This is reflected in the university’s mascot, Norm, a red hawk whose name is a nod to IUP’s roots. The university used to be called Indiana Normal School. Norm can be seen at university games and events.


In addition to sports, there are many opportunities for academic majors at IUP. With more than 160 majors, there’s something for everyone. The most popular majors are listed below.

  • Criminology
  • Nursing
  • Business

Roos is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Communications Media/Marketing, and Fatou is studying Psychology, Politics, and Economics. If you’re curious about all the programs you can pursue at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, take a look at this page!

The faculty at IUP are highly committed to your development as a student and are eager to assist. 74% of students report that the faculty prioritize their success, and 77% find the faculty approachable and willing to provide support as needed. This is very positive! Additionally, 80% state that the faculty teach with passion and enjoy imparting their knowledge to students, which is also highly important, of course!

Hopefully, you’ve learned more about Indiana University of Pennsylvania. If you’re thinking, “I want to study and play sports in America and have a fantastic experience, just like Roos and Fatou!”? Let’s get in touch to explore the possibilities for you!